By FITSNews || A visceral war of words among S.C. House Democrats jumped to a higher energy level on Tuesday afternoon when the immediate past Chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus confirmed to FITS that Rep. Boyd Brown – a white Democrat in a majority African-American House district – demeaned the civil rights movement during a profanity-laced argument in a Democratic Caucus meeting last week.
“(Brown) said he wasn’t born during the civil rights era and ‘didn’t give a f*ck about that sh*t,’” said S.C. Black Caucus Leon Howard (D-Richland), paraphrasing remarks allegedly made by Brown.
Two black lawmakers who attended the same meeting previously told FITS that Brown had said roughly the same thing, but they declined to put their names on the record affirming their contentions.
As noted in our earlier post on this story, Brown maintains that he made no such comment and claims to have a recording of the entire caucus meeting to prove it. He does, however, admit to participating in a heated exchange with Howard in which both men traded “F-bombs.”
Howard, though, says Brown was the one who said “f*ck you” to him first.
“I just told him that the feeling was mutual,” Howard says.
Howard also disputed reports that he “stormed out” of the Caucus meeting, telling FITS that he left early to chair a meeting of his House committee – but that his departure took place roughly half an hour after the verbal altercation with Brown.
Stay tuned … this soap opera is obviously only just beginning to heat up.