The big media are reporting that members of the Congressional Black Caucus encountered racist slurs when they walked past protesters.
Rep. Andre Carson, D-Ind., said that as he left the Cannon House Office Building with Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., a leader of the 1960s civil rights movement, some among the crowd chanted "the N-word, the N-word, 15 times." Both Carson and Lewis are black. Lewis spokeswoman Brenda Jones also said the incident occurred.
"It was like going into the time machine with John Lewis," Carson said.
CBS had this:
Rep. Andre Carson, D-Ind., told a reporter that as he left the Cannon House Office Building with Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., a leader of the civil rights era, some among the crowd chanted "the N-word, the N-word, 15 times." Both Carson and Lewis are black, and Lewis spokeswoman Brenda Jones also said that it occurred.Here's what MSNBC had:
"It was like going into the time machine with John Lewis," said Carson, a large former police officer who said he wasn't frightened but worried about the 70-year-old Lewis, who is twice his age. "He said it reminded him of another time."
The Tea Party protests got ugly today.The New York Times:
African-American Congressman John Lewis (D-GA), a protege of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who helped organize the March on Washington, went to the House floor today to tell Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC) that a Tea Party protester called him a "n-----."
And while most of the invective was directed at the health care bill itself, several House members said there was an ugly tone to comments made by some demonstrators against three black lawmakers: Representatives André Carson of Indiana, Emanuel Cleaver II of Missouri and John Lewis of Georgia, all Democrats.The Washington Post carried this:
An aide to Mr. Lewis, a leader of the civil rights movement in the 1960s, said that as he walked to the Capitol, Mr. Lewis was called racial slurs.
Protesters outside the Capitol hurled epithets at Reps. John Lewis (D-Ga.) and Andre Carson (D-Ind.) as they left the building after President Obama delivered an 11th-hour speech on behalf of the health care bill. Carson told reporters that protesters yelled "kill the bill," then used a racial epithet to describe Carson and Lewis, who is a revered figure on both sides of the aisle.They all tell the same story.
And that's the thing: it's just a story. It's not true.
How do I know?
I've seen the video.
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Not a racial epithet to be found.
I'm waiting for the excuses as to why video of the event doesn't match reports of the event.
Perhaps they suffer the same thing Maureen Dowd suffers. She heard "boy" when it wasn't said. The Congressional Black Caucus seems to hear even worse things that aren't said.
I suppose if someone won't make you a victim, you have to make yourself one.
Sarah In Italy sent word that there are two other videos, neither of which contain evidence of any racial slurs: