"Would Love to See You and Me . . . Hanging on a Tree"

These are the words of a progressive, Congressional Black Caucus member, a Democrat by the name of Andre Carson, Indiana Representative.  Carson was making these remarks at a Congressional Black Caucus event in Miami.  This was an event sponsored by the CBC and part of a tour to several cities.  Carson was not speaking for himself, but as a member of the CBC.  Here are his words in their entirety.

““I’m saying right now, under (CBC) Chairman Emanuel Cleaver’s leadership, we have seen change in Congress … but the tea party is stopping that change,” Carson said at the event, according to the video. “And this is beyond symbolic change. This is the effort that we’re seeing, of Jim Crow.”

“Some of these folks in Congress right now would love to see us as second-class citizens,” Carson continued. “Some of them in Congress right now with this tea party movement would love to see you and me — I’m sorry, Tamron — hanging on a tree.” Washington Post, Felicia Sonmez, ‘Rep. Carson: Tea party wants to see African Americans ‘hanging on a tree’ August 30, 2011.

Coupled with Rep. Maxine Waters’ comments that the Tea Party can go to hell, this packs a powerful, and dangerous, punch.  With House Democrats calling Tea Party movement members terrorists and hostage takers, this marks a particularly dire moment in our political civil history.

Tamron Hall of MSNBC was moderating this little event back in August 22nd or 23rd according to the CBC website.  The Party-run media squelched Carson’s outburst for a week until it made its way onto Glenn Beck’s The Blaze.  Instead of reporting this kind of vile accusation, MSNBC decided to hide it, but like all bad pennies it turned up.

Local media has avoided any publication about this scandal, a sitting U.S. congressman accusing a group of his citizens of wanting to lynch people.  What’s more, they don’t even seem slightly interested in our own progressive CBC member’s opinion as to the comments.  Repeatedly, the Star Tribune and KSTP have been emailed, tweeted, called and asked to pursue the story.  They have refused to do so.  Rep. Keith Ellison has also been contacted but he refuses to comment.

This is an important discussion that must be had.  We cannot have faith in a government that ignores or excuses its members from making these kinds of claims.  Heated rhetoric is one thing, but calling a large number of your citizens vigilante, racist Klansmen is another story.  Carson’s words should be condemned and firmly rejected.  Our civil discourse will not recover until such a time as actual civility happen.  When people have disagreement about their government, these arguments should be made honestly and sincerely.  They should not use such devices as blanket accusations of violence against their adversaries.

This is wrong.  The so-called journalists in this state should be ashamed.

Crossposted at Looktruenorth.com