Rangel: Opponents of Emancipation Proclamation Became Republicans And Now Are Tea Party People


CNN's Wolf Blitzer asks Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) to explain remarks he made last week at a rally for Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) where he said some Republicans "believe that slavery isn't over."

REP. RANGEL: I meant that -- they used to call themselves Dixiecrats. These were slave-holding states. They've been frustrated with the Emancipation Proclamation. They turned over and became Republicans, then they became tea party people. And these are the people that are trying to frustrate people from voting, changing the voting rights that we fought so hard for. And all I'm saying is, if you want to challenge the statistics, find out where the slave-holding states are, find out whether they were Dixiecrats [who] went Republican, find out where the tea party is. And I'm just saying that it's unfortunate America doesn't deal with the problem of racism, but until we acknowledge that it exists and fight hard to eradicate it, then we still got to be frustrated by people. They all come from the south and they all have these feelings about superiority and that's true whether you're picking cotton or whether you're president of the United States.

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