Ind. Rep. Andre Carson: Tea Party wants to see African Americans 'hanging on a tree'

A spokesman for Democratic Rep. Andre Carson said the Indiana representative and member of the Congressional Black Caucus is not backing down from comments he made.

A YouTube video has brought attention to Representative Andre Carson and people are calling comments he made controversial.  

Critics are demanding an apology after they claim Carson called some members of the Tea Party racist. The clip was posted online by 'The Blaze', which is a site backed by well-known commentatorGlenn Beck.

In the clip, Representative Carson said in part, "the Tea Party is stopping that change…This is the effort we're seeing of Jim Crow... Some of these folks in Congress would love to see us as second class citizens... Some of them in Congress right now of this Tea Party movement would love to see you and me hanging on a tree."

Greg Fettig, who is affiliated with the Tea Party and is a member of America ReFocused, said he is appalled by the comments, but not surprised.  
"I'm not going to stand here and let him say that, without a response. It's just ludracrious to think we'd go back to Jim Crow days," Fettig said.

Late Wednesday, two members of the Tea Party Patriots released a statement saying in part:

"Once again, in the form of Democratic Representative Andre Carson, a leader of the Congressional Black Caucus, the left resorts to the most hideous slurs to attempt to marginalize the mainstream of American political thought.  He has openly alleged at a Congressional Black Caucus meeting that tea party members in Congress 'would love to see you and me..hanging on a tree.'  Rep. Carson should immediately resign from Congress."

The comments were made by Representative Carson, on August 22, in Miami, during an event.  Fox59 spoke to Representative Carson's spokesperson who said Carson was at a job fair in Los Angeles, this afternoon, and would speak to Fox59 later in the day.  

According to his spokesperson, Carson –in his words- Carson will speak about the anti-black policies the Tea Party has.  In published reports, Carson's spokesperson said the comments were a response to people's frustrations in Miami.  According to the article, he said people's frustrations come because congress has not done more to get people back to work.

"Party issues keep blacks enslaved.  I'd challenge the Congressman to debate that, at any time, because it's his party .  The Tea Party hasn't caused this. We're hear to fix the problems," Fettig said.

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