Washington, D.C. 9/23/2008
During a panel discussion hosted by the National Jewish Democratic Council, Florida Democratic Congressman Alcee Hastings, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, told the group, “If Sarah Palin isn’t enough of a reason for you to get over whatever your problem is with Barack Obama, then you damn well had better pay attention. Anybody toting guns and stripping moose don’t care too much about what they do with Jews and blacks. So, you just think this through.”
First of all, it’s important to understand what race baiting means. Many Americans frequently hear the words, but perhaps don’t truly understand the meaning of the expression. Here’s a brief definition.
Race baiting is an act of using racially derisive language, actions or other forms of communication, to anger, intimidate or incite a person or groups of people, or to make those persons behave in ways that are inimical to their personal or group interests. This can also be accomplished by implying that there is an underlying race based motive in the actions of others towards the group baited, where none in fact exists.
Now, you make the call. is the Democratic Congressman Hasting a race baiter, or not?
At a time when America need to unite, democrats continue, in both words and deeds, to divide the nation along political, racial, religious, and gender lines.