Illinois Republican Congressman Joe Walsh is standing by racially-charged comments he made last week, contending that African-Americans have been made dependent on government by Democrats.
Walsh made the comments at a town hall meeting in Schaumburg, where he accused Democrats of attempting to make Hispanics dependent on government services, a policy that he says has already succeeded with black voters.
In a follow-up interview, Walsh says his comments were not racial in nature and were critical of Democrats, not of minorities.
But in that same interview, he accused civil rights leader Jesse Jackson of, quote, “trying to keep African-Americans down on some plantation.”
Walsh later said he shouldn’t have used the word “plantation.”