Dem congressman: I can make racially charged comments ‘because I’m black’

A Democratic congressman refused to apologize for calling Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas an “Uncle Tom” and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell a racist, saying he has license to speak because he’s black.

CNN’s Dana Bash on Wednesday asked U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., if he stood by his assertion that Thomas “doesn’t like black people, he doesn’t like being black.”

“Well if you look at his decisions on the court, they have been adverse to the minority community, and the people I represent have a real issue with an African-American not being sensitive to those issues,” Thompson told Bash.

Bash asked if his language was a racially charged.

“For some, it is, but to others, it’s the truth,” Thompson responded.

Such language wouldn’t be acceptable coming from a white person, Bash said. Thompson didn’t flinch.

“But I’m black,” he said.

Thompson made his original, controversial comments on a New Nation of Islam radio program last weekend, according to BuzzFeed, which reported that Thompson said:

“I’ve been in Washington. I saw three presidents now. I never saw George Bush treated like this. I never saw Bill Clinton treated like this with such disrespect,” Thompson said. “That Mitch McConnell would have the audacity to tell the president of the United States — not the chief executive, but the commander-in-chief — that ‘I don’t care what you come up with we’re going to be against it.’ Now if that’s not a racist statement I don’t know what is.”

In Wednesday’s follow-up interview, Bash noted Thompson’s double standard, asking whether being black “makes it OK” to make racially charged comments.

Thompson responded that some decisions, like voter ID, affirmative action and the Affordable Care Act, are important to African-Americans and should be to Thomas. He added that McConnell and other Republicans oppose President Obama and his policies because he’s black.

Watch the interview here via CNN:

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Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs, political campaigns and PAC management for nearly 20 years.
Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

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308 thoughts on “Dem congressman: I can make racially charged comments ‘because I’m black’

  1. George Kato says:

    Those who preach collectivism claim that private property is a source of discontent because they believe it empowers some against others.

  2. Rodney Bear Paw says:

    What do you expect from Mississippi?

  3. jpo321 says:

    Bigot.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Idiots that this Congressman is why race relations is always tense between the races. The more crap they stir the worse it smells. Liberals always plays the race card. Same old thing, everything racist. Go cry to your momma Congressman. Just because you are black does not give you the right to make racist comments. It works both ways

  5. rhodes autry says:

    yay another black elitist

  6. John says:

    His rational for being a racist escapes me! “I’m black so I can make racist statements.” That rational simply shows the ignorance of the person making the statement! Irrespective of skin color, racist statements are never acceptable! And it’s time for “America” to hold those persons making such statements accountable, and especially those who offer up their skin color as justification.

  7. fedupwiththeshit says:

    Unreal its a racist remark whether spoken by a white or black person. This guy should be stripped of his business if he has one and should be banned from political stage! Unreal what some people think they can get away with just because they are black

  8. J Alford says:

    THIS MAN REALLY NEEDS TO LOOK UP THE EXPLANATION OF THE WORD RACIST, BECAUSE HE IS EVIDENTLY UNDER THE IMPRESSION IT ONLY APPLIES TO THE COLOR BLACK…………..THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO HAVE SOME KIND OF EDUCATION IN ORDER TO BE ELECTED RIGHT ??

  9. Cucksmasher_14 says:

    “I am an ignorant racist subhuman parasite and therefore have freedom of speech. You as a modern White human do not.”

  10. jon says:

    This pig and his like minded associates in congress have turned me into a full blown racist…….and, I’m proud of it!

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