Black Caucus Chair: Obama ‘Right on Target’ About Gates

By Lindsey Ellerson

Jul 23, 2009 12:49pm

ABC News' Dean Norland reports: Members of the Congressional Black Caucus held a news conference Thursday to voice their support for passing health care reform legislation now, before the August recess.  But, Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., was also asked about the president’s comments that the Cambridge police acted “stupidly’’ when they arrested Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

“I think the president was right on target," said Lee.  "Racial profiling we all know, and we come from communities where some of us actually understand and know and have been racially profiled, and so that is just an example of what we have witnessed. 

The chairwoman went on to say that it is part of Congress' duty to address the issue of racial profiling.

"The example of the unfinished business of America and inequalities and the racism that continues to exist, and part of our job, as members of Congress, is to work on legislation, and on policies, and on issues that address racial profiling and the criminal justice system in a real way in terms of criminal justice reform,”  Lee said.

 

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