"He did not help the cause of diversity and tolerance with his remarks -- if I were a betting man I would say it instigated more racist sentiment,"..."And so I guess we'll probably have folks putting on white hoods and white uniforms again and riding through the countryside intimidating people. ... That's the logical conclusion if this kind of attitude is not rebuked, and Congressman Wilson represents it. He's the face of it."
Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga, member of Congressional Black Caucus
"Some people just can’t believe a black man is president and will never accept it."
“The fact that Joe Wilson is from South Carolina...it strikes a lot of people as awfully close to the idea that maybe there was some sort of racist or bigoted element there.”
David Shuster, MSNBC
"Do you think this is a race thing...I mean was it a racial thing on the part of Wilson? Was he expressing contempt for Barack Obama because of his heritage?"
Chris Matthews, MSNBC
“some of the right-wingers are always dropping subliminally racist messages.”
"Rep. Wilson's remarks were racist, disrespectful, and a disingenuous violation -- not only of President Obama -- but to the institution of the presidency..."
Danny J Bakewell Sr, Chairman, National Newspaper Publishers Association
"I think it's based on racism,"..."There is an inherent feeling among many in this country that an African-American should not be president."
This all just in the last week or so. We have now reached a point in which anything negative said about Obama, irregardless of how far from race it is about, is called racist. I have said for a year now, and believe it more than ever, that Obama and his supporters are going to damage race relations in the US.