By JAVIER MANJARRES
The cross-burning fundraising email that Democratic Congressman Alan Grayson sent out earlier this week, has set off a firestorm of opposition and condemnation from Republicans, for the insensitive and out-of-line use of a burning cross, which depicted Tea Party Conservatives as Ku Klux Klansmen.
Former Congressman Alan West appeared on Fox News and called Grayson’s email “despicable” and “demeaning,” as he remininisced “growing up and seeing that burning cross, on a clear night, atop of stone mountain, so that everyone could see,” while growing up in urban Atlanta.
West questioned why President Obama, the NAACP, Urban League, the Congressional Black Caucus, Jesse Jackson, and Al Sharpton, as well as members of the Democratic Party leadership in the Congress, have not come out and condemned Grayson’s email.
Instead of Grayson pulling back his statement, the self-proclaimed “Congressman with Guts” defended his initial email with this statement:
“Tea Party members have circulated countless altered pictures depicting President Obama and the First Lady as monkeys. Tea Party members also called my fellow Member of Congress, civil rights hero John Lewis, a ‘n***ger,’ and Rep. Barney Frank a ‘faggot,’” Grayson wrote verbatim in a written statement. He continued, “One could go on and on, because there is overwhelming evidence that the Tea Party is the home of bigotry and discrimination in America today, just as the KKK was for an earlier generation. If the shoe fits, wear it.
West then stated that he believed the Democratic Party was “obviously still proud” about their creation of the KKK.
Obviously what we are seeing is that the party, the Democrat Party, that created the Ku Klux Klan, and also created that symbol of the burning cross, is obviously still proud to have that symbol of being displayed- Allen West
West is not the only politico who has railed against Grayson’s tasteless email. Grayson’s Republican Congressional opponent, Jorge Bonilla, whose statement pounced Grayson for releasing the email, caused a buzz on social media, and was published in the National Review, CNN, ABC, as well as other media outlets.
Republican Jorge Bonilla, who’s challenging Grayson in 2014, said the email is “despicable and needlessly hurtful to the many millions of families that still deal with the wounds of racial prejudice.”-CNN
Here is Bonilla full statement, where he accuses Grayson of just trolling for donations, called on the Democratic Party Leadership to Grayson’s “vile and repulsive” cross-burning image.
The depiction of burning crosses in Congressman Alan Grayson’s most recent fundraising ask is despicable and needlessly hurtful to the many millions of families that still deal with the wounds of racial prejudice.
Such times as these call for our elected officials to be uniters. Unfortunately, Mr. Grayson is only interested in dividing us, and has no qualms in doing so on the backs of those who suffered the horrors of racial persecution.
What’s worse, he does so for no other reason than to troll for donations for his reelection campaign. I call on House Democratic Leadership to condemn this vile and repulsive use of such imagery.-Jorge Bonilla (Source-website)
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