Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Is the Congressional Black Caucus racist? (Hint: yes)

In her politico.com column "Black Caucus: Whites Not Allowed", Josephine Hearn reports on the unwritten rule governing membership as Rep. Stephen Cohen (D-TN) experienced it.

Even though Cohen's constituency is predominantly black, and even though the bylaws of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) do not prohibit non-blacks from joining, the Caucus remains exclusively black, as it has done since its founding in 1969.

It seems that "practice" and "preach" are pretty far apart on this subject. I guess it was felt by CBC members that only black people are qualified to address areas of concern to black people.

Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) is a member; perhaps he is only half-qualified.

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