Chris Fields: I didn't call Keith Ellison a reverse racist in "reverse racism" ad
"By and large, 90 to 95 percent of the country -- Minnesotans -- don't see race as a factor," said Fields. "But that's not how these guys do it. Because you can't stand up for Trayvon Martin's family, and then not stand up for Brian Terry's family."
Okay, but back to the literature:
Fields: "I didn't think your piece was necessarily flattering. I don't think it really spoke to the true issue. I'm not trying to be a bomb thrower, but you know what, we need to have an adult conversation around here with regard to race. And when I see stuff like that, this is despicable. When I see these guys continue to view life through a prism of race, that's not where we wanna go. That's not uniting people."
CP: "Okay, well let me ask you a couple questions. Are you saying...you don't believe he's a reverse racist?"
Fields: "I'm saying these are a set of facts, and people need to decide."
CP: "Okay, but you're saying you --"
Does Ellison play racial politics in Congress?
Fields: "How do I feel about it? I think -- I know that Keith plays racial politics, absolutely."
CP: "So you do think that he is a reverse racist?"
Fields: "That's a large step. I'm saying that he plays racial politics for his own political gain."
CP: "So you do believe that, and you did put out this ad, but you're saying, this ad is not saying that? This ad is just presenting the question and letting people answer for themselves?"
Fields: "That's correct."
CP: "Okay, let's talk about this specific situation with Holder here. Is Nancy Pelosi a reverse racist too? Are several dozen Congress members all reverse racists?"
Fields: "I believe that they politicized an issue. Tim Walz voted to censure him. What's his deal? Jason Altmire in Pennsylvania voted to censure him. These people are looking at a set of facts, okay, and it's just uncanny."
CP: "Okay, so you're saying that these other people voted to hold him in contempt but not Keith Ellison. But what I'm saying is, several dozen other people walked out, and they weren't all Keith Ellison and the Black Caucus."
Fields: "Okay, you don't have to be black to play racial politics. These guys do it across party lines, and all of them do. What I'm saying is, hey, I'm running against Keith, so I'm not commenting on Nancy. I don't know what Nancy's issues are in life. I'm running against Keith. And what I want to put before the voters here in the Fifth Congressional District is: Is this what we want? Is this what we want? Right has to be right at the end of the day, and that's got to be bipartisan."
CP: "Okay, but the point I made in my post is, your statement here is saying Keith Ellison and the Black Caucus walked out and refused to vote. That's out of context, because it wasn't just Keith Ellison and the Black Caucus. So I don't how you can say that all these people walked out, and Keith Ellison is the only one that you think is a reverse racist for something dozens of people did."
Fields: "No, but when you put it together, right. Go back and look at the Charlie Rangel vote. When you put the pieces together, only one member of the Congressional Black Caucus voted to censure Charlie Rangel. So when you put those two pieces together, it may look like, maybe the issue with regard to Eric Holder is out of context. But now bring it into focus when you see Charlie Rangel there, and what do you get an image of? What does that look like? You have a representative that is still viewing life through a prism or playing racial politics. And what I'm saying is that's not right."
Click the next page for the full ad that allegedly does not call Ellison a reverse racist. In the words of Chris Fields: You decide.