Emanuel Cleaver and Jon Lewis, black Congressman who were part of the Civil Rights movement, were spat on and called the N-word during Tea Party trash protests in Washington DC today. Rep. Barney Frank was also called a 'fa**ot'.
I love this quote from Cleaver's office today, (pulled from HuffPo)
This is not the first time the Congressman has been called the "n" word and certainly not the worst assault he has endured in his years fighting for equal rights for all Americans. That being said, he is disappointed that in the 21st century our national discourse has devolved to the point of name calling and spitting. He looks forward to taking a historic vote on health care reform legislation tomorrow, for the residents of the Fifth District of Missouri and for all Americans. He believes deeply that tomorrow's vote is, in fact, a vote for equality and to secure health care as a right for all. Our nation has a history of struggling each time we expand rights. Today's protests are no different, but the Congressman believes this is worth fighting for.
The coward-spitter was arrested but Cleaver didn't press charges. I would like to punch the guy in the face.