Rep Carson said that some Tea Party-backed members of Congress would love to see African Americans "hanging on a tree." He accused the Tea Party movement of using "Jim Crow" tactics to stop economic progress, particularly among minorities.
"Some of these folks in Congress right now would love to see us as second-class citizens," Carson said. "Some of them in Congress right now with this tea party movement would love to see you and me... hanging on a tree."
Timothy F. Johnson, founder of the Frederick Douglass Foundation, said Wednesday that the civil rights abuses and crimes of the Jim Crow era were carried out mostly in regions controlled by the Democratic Party. He decried Carson’s comments as "outrageous, hateful, and desperate," adding in a statement: "When some Democrats can’t win a political disagreement, they normally resort to race-baiting, which is in itself racist."