A crowd of tea partiers shouted the "n word" at Congressman John Lewis, a former civil rights leader who marched with Dr. King. They yelled homophobic epithets at Rep. Barney Frank, an openly gay congressman. And one protester actually spat on a Black member of Congress.
Then this week, Democrats who voted for reform began receiving death threats—one had a coffin left on his lawn and another was told snipers would kill the children of lawmakers who voted yes.2 Several Democrats had their district offices vandalized, and a gas line was cut at a home that tea partiers mistakenly believed belonged to Rep. Tom Perriello.
A few Republicans have spoken out against the racism and violence, but most are still treating them as "isolated incidents."They are not isolated. They've been part of Republican-supported tea parties for almost a year and they're a natural consequence of telling people that reform is a totalitarian plot.
Asked by Anonymous at 6:26 PM on Mar. 25, 2010 in Politics & Current Events
Answer by Anonymous at 10:03 PM on Mar. 25, 2010
It's an outrage, and no American should tolerate it. So we're joining with our friends at Color of Change to stand up to the hate. Can you add your name to this letter asking Republican leaders to unequivocally condemn bigotry, hate, and violence among their supporters?
Answer by Anonymous at 6:27 PM on Mar. 25, 2010
Answer by gammie at 6:31 PM on Mar. 25, 2010
Answer by Carpy at 6:33 PM on Mar. 25, 2010
Answer by gammie at 6:37 PM on Mar. 25, 2010
Answer by Carpy at 6:37 PM on Mar. 25, 2010
Answer by Carpy at 6:38 PM on Mar. 25, 2010
Answer by yourspecialkid at 6:43 PM on Mar. 25, 2010
MOVE ON as a source??!? Oh please!!! LOL
Why is that with all of those video cameras and cell phones recording this walk, not a SINGLE person has audio proof that such a word was used? Including the last guy in the parade who you can clearly see is recording the ENTIRE procession with his cell phone camera.
Answer by LoriKeet at 6:44 PM on Mar. 25, 2010
Answer by itsmesteph11 at 6:49 PM on Mar. 25, 2010