Wilson Rebuke Gives Voice To Concern Over Racially-Tinged Attacks

11/16/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • William Douglas | McClatchy Newspapers McClatchy

In their effort to admonish Rep. Joe Wilson, both white and black lawmakers in the House of Representatives voiced deep concern over a string of what they think are racially motivated attacks on the nation's first black president.

"There's no question that if you look at some of the actions and comments being made, there's a fringe element that has staked out a racial position towards African-Americans that never has been open for public display" until now, said Rep. Henry Johnson, D-Ga., a member of the Congressional Black Caucus. Wilson "didn't help the cause of diversity and balance with his remarks."

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