Rep. Clyburn: Criticism of Ambassador Rice includes Racist “Code Words” (Video)

Rep. James Clyburn went there this morning.
The South Carolina Democrats said criticism of Ambassador Susan Rice included “code words.”
It’s racist to attack a black woman in office.

Via Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien on CNN:

Rep. Clyburn:

These are code words. We heard them during the campaign. During this recent campaign, we heard Sununu calling our President ‘lazy,’ ‘incompetent.’ These kinds of terms that those of us – especially those of us who were born and raised in the South – we’ve been hearing these little words and phrases all of our lives and we get insulted by them. Susan Rice is as competent as anybody that you will find…. It certainly caused a big problem with me. I don’t like those words. Say that she was wrong for doing it, but don’t call her incompetent. That is something totally different. A lot of very competent people sometimes make errors, and to say that she erroneously did it, I don’t have a problem with it. But to call her incompetent, a PHD Rhodes Scholar, being called incompetent by someone who can’t hold a candle to her intellectually. By someone who said, and Senator McCain called her incompetent as well. But he told us that Sarah Palin was a very competent person to be Vice President of the United States. That ought to tell you a little bit about his judgment.”

Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9am ET on CNN.

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  • Granny

    “Incompetent” is a “racist code word.” Funny, it was neither racist nor a code word when some called President Bush exactly that.


    One can be a Rhodes Scholar and still be incompetent at a job. I don’t know about Susan Rice’s competency, I only know that she bald face lied to the American people on 5 Sunday shows and therefore should not serve in government.

  • Remco Kimber

    Who knew she was black?

    As to this august rep “of the people” and other race/race/race hustlers, when the only tool you’ve got is a hammer, then every problem is a nail.

  • Gayle Spencer

    Wonder what this clown’s SAT scores were?

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  • NeoKong

    I’m pretty sure that everything white people say insults Clyburn.
    He clings to the old stereotypes of racism like it was a warm blanket.
    He needs it.
    He needs his anger.
    There is a black guy with two damn terms in the White House and still that is not enough for him to give it up.
    He has not heard a powerful white politician use the n-word in decades but still he longs to hear it so much he just hears it in other words.
    When he listens to a white person speak he is always searching for any little crumb he can attribute to hidden and subtle racism so he can justify his hidden dislike and mistrust of white people.

  • Sam Stone

    Screw you racist nagger!

  • PegLeg

    I am pretty sure that President Homeboy is also offended, you know, being all clean and articulate like he be!

  • anony mouse

    blacks turn the theory of evolution on its head

  • senah

    Incompetent is now a racist word when used on a person other than white? Isn’t a statement such as this, racist in of itself??

    All I know, when you have a governemnt job, you do what you are told to do. If not, you get reassigned or fired.

  • Adirondack Patriot

    A white Democrat defeated Allen West in Florida. Isn’t that racist?

    A white Democrat defeated Mia Love in Utah. Isn’t that racist?

    In fact, isn’ t the Democrat opposition to all of these black candidates racist?

  • DecentAmerican

    And what in the hell is this racist nut job Clyburn doing bringing Palin into this, isn’t he using sexist code words?

    Damn racist liberal nut jobs. They say McCain is racist for not wanting Rice to be sec of State? Hey stupid liberal nut jobs……you do realize that the first black female Sec of State in history was a Republucan?

    And you know what…..McCain will just keel over and apologize. I am sick of conservatives without any balls to fight back. That is how we lost this election. We need a string conservative with balks who calls the liberals what they are…..racist, insane KKK founding Anericahating nut jobs!!!

  • Rose

    He is such a donkey. Always a donkey. He should be ASHAMED of trying to defend someone from WHAT SHE DID, regardless of what skin color she has.

    REGARDLESS of what Dim Propaganda Machine she “matriculated” from.

    Shame on him. Shame shame shame! Why do these people continue to curse their own households by spitting in the face of their Creator by justifying such evil among themselves.

  • MWTexas

    Maybe if the words “lazy” and “incompetent” didn’t describe a common attitude displayed by blacks they wouldn’t be “hearing these little words and phrases all of our lives.” So, what do you call someone who drops out of high school as soon as he or she can, who does not work, or even look for work, who lives on gov’t handouts and free medical care, who roams the streets at all hours of the night looking to do drugs and have sex with whomever like a dog, and who seriously believes that “Obama gonna pay my mortgage?” Industrious? Self-starter? Go Getter? Hard Worker? Not likely.

    I don’t know how it all over, but that’s how it is in my city . . . and in fact how it was in any city I’ve ever lived in.

  • Flintstone F.



    I do remember Obama admitting he was a little lazy. Fore!

    I remember other code words from the likes of Jesse Jackson:

    “There are dead babies floating down the river.”

    Kanye West: “Bush hates black people.”

    Still trying to decipher those two quotes…

    I will always remember though the one on Nightline with Ted Koppel stunned:

    random black woman victim of Katrina: “I think that president Bush is doing a fine job.” (but wait, you’re black, that’s why we sought you out for the interview…)

    We all know who the racists are. They’re the ones continually obsessed with slapping labels on people and herding them into their appropriate tax bracket.

    Liberalism is communism.

  • moron

    How about beneficiary of affirmative action? Any code words in that?

  • Edward Cropper

    Rep Clyburn is just another race baiting clown who has the IQ of lint. Most members in the Congressional Black Caucus can’t even pronounce equality let alone have any idea of its true meaning. They have replace the KKK as the number one racists group int the US.

  • Ella

    LYING. Not just lazy and incompetent, but also LYING.

  • jorgen

    Nobody is attacking her: it was just pointed out that she is a barefaced liar, as is Obama, Shrillary, Axelrod and the WH staff.