Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns called both the current secessionist movement and elements of the Tea Party racist during an interview late last month on NBC’s "Meet the Press."
Burns is currently promoting "The Central Park Five," a documentary detailing how five innocent teens were convicted of a horrific rape which shocked the Big Apple back in 1989.
The filmmaker, who works primarily on projects for PBS, says there wouldn’t be a birther movement with a President Joe Biden in the White House. Burns then turned his attention to the Tea Party, saying a friend who attended a Tea Party event told him "almost every one she met there invoked the ‘n-word’" about the president, he recalls.
That friend isn’t the only one hearing that racial slur of late, he alleges.
"I have heard in last four years the ‘N-word’ used more often than in the rest of my life," the 59-year-old filmmaker says, adding Obama’s detractors routinely call the president "un-American," the "other" and a Muslim.