Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Charges of Racism Inflame Health Care Debate

"The national debate on health care reform has turned ugly, with some leveling charges of racism against opponents.

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd found Rep. Joe "You lie" Wilson's heckling of Obama to be racially motivated. And a Congressional Black Caucus member fears the revival of America's worst days of race hatred.

"I guess we'll probably have folks putting on white hoods and white uniforms again and riding through the countryside, intimidating people," Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., said when asked if Wilson's comment reflected the sentiment of racists. "And you know that's the logical conclusion if this kind of attitude is not rebuked."

The House voted Wednesday to admonish Wilson, who refused to apologize a second time after apologizing privately to Obama last week."

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