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Old 03-20-2010, 10:06 PM  
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Tea party protesters call Georgia's John Lewis '****er'

By William Douglas, McClatchy Newspapers William Douglas, Mcclatchy Newspapers Sat Mar 20, 7:21 pm ET

WASHINGTON Demonstrators outside the U.S. Capitol , angry over the proposed health care bill, shouted "****er" Saturday at U.S. Rep. John Lewis , a Georgia congressman and civil rights icon who was nearly beaten to death during an Alabama march in the 1960s.

The protesters also shouted obscenities at other members of the Congressional Black Caucus , lawmakers said.

"They were shouting, sort of harassing," Lewis said. "But, it's okay, I've faced this before. It reminded me of the 60s. It was a lot of downright hate and anger and people being downright mean."

Lewis said he was leaving the Cannon office building across from
=the Capitol when protesters shouted "Kill the bill, kill the bill," Lewis said.

"I said 'I'm for the bill, I support the bill, I'm voting for the bill'," Lewis said.

A colleague who was accompanying Lewis said people in the crowd responded by saying "Kill the bill, then the n-word."

"It surprised me that people are so mean and we can't engage in a civil dialogue and debate," Lewis said.

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver , D- Mo. , said he was a few yards behind Lewis and distinctly heard "****er."

"It was a chorus," Cleaver said. "In a way, I feel sorry for those people who are doing this nasty stuff - they're being whipped up. I decided I wouldn't be angry with any of them."

Protestors also used a slur as they confronted Rep. Barney Frank , D- Mass. , an openly gay member of Congress . A writer for Huffington Post said the crowd called Frank a "pillowbitergot."

Frank told the Boston Globe that the incident happened as he was walking from the Longworth office building to the Rayburn office building, both a short distance from the Capitol. Frank said the crowd consisted of a couple of hundred of people and that they referred to him as 'homo.'

"I'm disappointed with the unwillingness to be civil," Frank told the Globe. "I was, I guess, surprised by the rancor. What it means is obviously the health care bill is proxy for a lot of other sentiments, some of which are perfectly reasonable, but some of which are not."

"People out there today, on the whole, were really hateful," Frank said. "The leaders of this movement have a responsibility to speak out more."
Thousands of demonstrators gathered outside the Capitol on Saturday as the House Democratic leadership worked to gather enough votes to enact a health care overhaul proposal that has become the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's domestic agenda. Most were affiliated with so-called tea party organizations that originally sprang up during last summer's protests of the health care proposals.

Heated debate has surrounded what role race plays in the motivations of the tea party demonstrators. During protests last summer, demonstrators displayed a poster depicting Obama as an African witch doctor complete with headdress, above the words "OBAMACARE coming to a clinic near you."

Former President Jimmy Carter asserted in September that racism was a major factor behind the hostility that Obama's proposals had faced.
The claim brought angry rebuttals from Republicans.

On Saturday, Frank, however, said he was sorry Republican leaders didn't do more to disown the protesters.

Some Republicans "think they are benefiting from this rancor," he said.
House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D- S.C. , said Saturday's ugliness underscored for him that the health care overhaul isn't the only motivation for many protesters.

"I heard people saying things today I've not heard since March 15th, 1960 , when I was marching to try and get off the back of the bus," Clyburn said. "This is incredible, shocking to me."

He added, "A lot of us have said for a long time that none of this is about healthcare at all. It's about extending a basic fundamental right to people who are less powerful."

( James Rosen contributed to this story.)
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Old 03-20-2010, 10:13 PM   #2
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HEY LOOK OVER HERE!!!!1!

Remember those who opposed the war were anti-american now those who are for small government are racist. It's like a dog chasing it's tail.
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Old 03-20-2010, 10:13 PM   #3
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Disheartening that it gets to this point.
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Old 03-20-2010, 10:14 PM   #4
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Remember those who opposed the war were anti-american now those who are for small government are racist. It's like a dog chasing it's tail.
I think those who call blacks "****ers" are racists. I don't think it has anything to do with their policy stances.
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Remember those who opposed the war were anti-american now those who are for small government are racist. It's like a dog chasing it's tail.
To be fair, there were anti-war extremists that actually were anti-American, and there are small government extremists who actually are racist.
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Old 03-20-2010, 10:15 PM   #6
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I think those who call blacks "****ers" are racists. I don't think it has anything to do with their policy stances.
Sure but it's 1 person yet the media wants to make it seem like it represents a whole group.
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Old 03-20-2010, 10:16 PM   #7
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To be fair, there were anti-war extremists that actually were anti-American, and there are small government extremists who actually are racist.
A small % maybe. It's nice we can argue about race while the nation goes down the shit hole.
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Sure but it's 1 person yet the media wants to make it seem like it represents a whole group.
"It was a chorus,"
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Old 03-20-2010, 10:17 PM   #9
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Disheartening that it gets to this point.
If you actually believe it.
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"It was a chorus,"
The local kkk group for Carolina decided to join the Tea Party. We better throw everyone in jail bcause they might be racist or a terrorist.
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You'd think there would be a video of it.
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A small % maybe. It's nice we can argue about race while the nation goes down the shit hole.
Have I not been arguing policy on this board for the better part of the past week?

Christ. Any time the topic's off what you want to talk about, it's "look over there."

Whatev, brah.
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Old 03-20-2010, 10:19 PM   #13
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The local kkk group for Carolina decided to join the Tea Party. We better throw everyone in jail bcause they might be racist or a terrorist.
How can you infer that from what I said?

The only thing I said was a rebuttal to your claim that it was a singular individual. According to eye witness reports, it wasn't.
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Old 03-20-2010, 10:19 PM   #14
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This is not surprising. If anybody watched the videos of the supporters of the McCain\Palin campaign they said this kind of stuff all the time. Instead of the left going off the deep end the right has gone off the deep end now.
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How can you infer that from what I said?

The only thing I said was a rebuttal to your claim that it was a singular individual. According to eye witness reports, it wasn't.
Ok so some people called a black congressmen the N word. What should we do about it? The media wants us to think all Tea partiers are racist.
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