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Racial Tensions Roil Democratic Party

03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

A series of comments from Senator Hillary Clinton, her husband, and her supporters are spurring a racial backlash and adding a divisive edge to the presidential primary as the candidates head south to heavily African-American South Carolina.

The comments, which ranged from the New York Senator appearing to diminish the role of Martin Luther King Jr. in the civil rights movement - an aide later said she misspoke - to Bill Clinton dismissing Sen. Barack Obama's image in the media as a "fairy tale" -generated outrage on black radio, black blogs, and cable television. And now they've drawn the attention of prominent African-American politicians.

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