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David Scott, Georgia Rep, Worries Health Care Debate Has Racial Undertones

(Getty Images)more pics »Rep. David Scott (D-GA) is making waves after saying he believes that who are protesting health-care reform, such as the crowd that shut down a town hall meeting he was conducting last week, have a racial undertone to their message.

Speaking to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Jim Galloway, Scott explained:
While Scott acknowledged the legitimate concerns that many Americans have when it comes to overhauling health care, the congressman also expressed worry about the debate’s undertone. Scott e-mailed me a sampling of some of the rougher health care mail he’s received — the ones with variations of the n-word.

“You were, you are, and you shall forever be but a ———-,” one fax to his office reads. The missive includes a mug of President Barack Obama with a hammer-and-sickle stamped on his forehead.

“The folks are not going to stand for socialized medicine even though most Negroes refuse to stand on their own two feet,” says another.

“These people are bringing [in] race — and ‘Negro’ and ‘colored’ and Obama,” Scott said. “We should applaud the fact that we have an African-American president and he is working on this. This is a great thing. But it should not be a racial situation. What have we done except look at the problem and move on it?”

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