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Video: Black Chamber Head Slams Boxer as Racist

Thursday, 16 Jul 2009 03:30 PM

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The head of the National Black Chamber of Commerce slammed California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer Thursday during a hearing over the Obama administration’s climate change legislation, accusing her of stereotyping him as a black businessman rather than an expert on the economic impact of cap-and-trade.

Boxer was speaking to panelist Harry C. Alford, the president & CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce at an Environmental and Public Works hearing when she began quoting a resolution on climate change from the NAACP.

That’s when things disintegrated, according to Politico, which provided the following transcript:

Alford: "What does that mean?"

Boxer: "Sir, we're going to put that in the record..."

Alford: "What does that mean, though? The NAACP has a resolution, what does that mean?"

It then got very testy.

Boxer: "Sir, they could say the same thing about what do you mean..."

Alford: "I've got documentation."

Boxer: "Sir, they passed it. They passed it. Now, also, if that isn't interesting you to we'll quote John Grant, who is the CEO of 100 Black Men of Atlanta." [She goes on to read quote.]

Alford: "I've got documentation."

Boxer: "Sir, they passed it. They passed it. Now, also, if that isn't interesting you to we'll quote John Grant, who is the CEO of 100 Black Men of Atlanta." [She goes on to read quote.]

Alford: "Madam Chair, that is condescending to me. I'm the National Black Chamber of Commerce and you're trying to put up some other black group to pit against me."

Boxer: "If this gentlemen were here he would be proud that he was being quoted."

Alford: "He should have been invited!"

Boxer: "...just as he would be proud.."

Alford: "It is condescending to me."

Boxer: "...he's proud, I'm sure, that I am quoting him."

Alford: "All that's condescending, and I don't like it. It's racial. I don't like it. I take offense to it. As an African-American and a veteran of this country, I take offense to that!"

As Boxer tried to explain her point, Alford grew angrier:

Alford: "We are referring to the experts regardless of their color. And for someone to tell me, an African-American, college-educated veteran of the United States Army that I must contend with some other black group and put aside everything else in here -- this has nothing to do with the NAACP and really has nothing to do with the National Black Chamber of Commerce. We're talking energy and that road the chair went down, I think, is god-awful."

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