Racism of the Congressional Black Caucus

At least three times racism has raised its head in the new administration of President Obama, and now his chief spokesman has cited “membership policies” as an explanation for the all-whites-are-banned practice of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs responded to the question from Les Kinsolving, WND’s correspondent at the White House, following the conclusion of today’s press briefing at the White House.

“To your knowledge has the president ever disagreed with the expressed hope that children ‘could live in a nation where they would not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character’ as made by Dr. King,” Kinsolving asked.

“Has he ever … ,” Gibbs asked.

“Disagreed,” Kinsolving finished.

“Not that I know of, no. I think he believes that’s the goal of this country,” Gibbs said.

Kinsolving continued, “Since the members of Congress who have applied to join the Congressional Black Caucus have been turned down because, as the black caucus’ William Lacey Clay put it, ‘they are white and the caucus is black,’ my question: Does the president hope the caucus will stop this racial discrimination?”

“I will certainly look into. … I don’t know what … prompted Mr. Clay,” Gibbs said.

“There have been three of them who have applied and they’ve been turned down because they are not black, and that is the policy of the Congressional Black Caucus, and if you can ask the president, I would be delighted to hear,” Kinsolving said.

“I think the first thing to do is ask members of … ,” Gibbs aid.

“I have. I have,” Kinsolving confirmed.

“… what their membership policies are,” Gibbs said.

As WND reported, U.S. Rep. Pete Stark, D-Calif., was refused permission to join the organization because of his race.

Kinsolving recently documented in his WND column how Anh (“Joseph”) Cao, the Vietnamese-American Republican from Louisiana who defeated the re-election bid of New Orleans Democrat William Jefferson, expressed an interest in joining because the district he represents is predominantly black.

Also, in 2007, Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., who is white, pledged to apply for membership during his election campaign to represent his constituents, who were 60 percent black. It was reported that although the bylaws of the caucus do not make race a prerequisite for membership, former and current members of the caucus agreed that the group should remain “exclusively black.”

Kinsolving reported Clay said, “Mr. Cohen asked for admission, and he got his answer. He’s white and the caucus is black. It’s time to move on. We have racial policies to pursue and we are pursuing them, as Mr. Cohen has learned. It’s an unwritten rule. It’s understood.”

Kinsolving said Clay later issued an official statement from his office: “Quite simply, Rep. Cohen will have to accept what the rest of the country will have to accept – there has been an unofficial congressional white caucus for over 200 years, and now it’s our turn to say who can join the ‘the club.’ He does not, and cannot, meet the membership criteria, unless he can change his skin color. Primarily, we are concerned with the needs and concerns of the black population, and we will not allow white America to infringe on those objectives.”

Charges of racism arose after posting of a video showing top Obama economic adviser Robert Reich saying he wanted to make sure economic stimulus money didn’t go to just “white male construction workers.”

Also as WND reported, Democratic Party strategist Donna Brazile admitted she swiped Obama’s complimentary blanket from his inauguration ceremony and then joked it was not a criminal offense because, “We have a black president … this was free.”

Also, outrage erupted over the inauguration benediction by Rev. Joseph Lowery, the 87-year-old civil rights pioneer, for asking God to help mankind work for a day when “white would embrace what is right.”

Obama, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus while on Capitol Hill, reacted to the benediction with a smile.

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3 Responses to “Racism of the Congressional Black Caucus”

  1. Greg P says:

    “Primarily we are concerned with the needs of the black population, and we will not allow white America to infringe on those objectives”.

    Who said racism was wasted on white people.

    If I’m not mistaken, we would not have a black president if it were not for the white voters of America. There are not enough minority voters to pull it off. I’m glad we have a black president. It is about time we have a black president.

    I just wish we elected a black president, not just for the color of his skin, but, for the Christian values he would show in the execution of his duties. All we have is a black president ….. and he’s only HALF black to begin with. Here in Chicago, many black people refer to a half black man as … “whitey”. I DO wish black people would make up their minds.

  2. Greg P says:

    I know I’m going to be criticized greatly for the above comments. I wrote it that way purposely so I can expose the double standard that is about to attack me with their replies.

    When white people criticize, it’s racism. When black people criticize, it’s EXPOSING racism. Man, this world sure does confuse me.

  3. Patrick says:

    I’m mostly white myself, but I feel it is up to the individual to identify whith what race they personally wish to identify with. To begin with I condemn racism with my whole heart. Anti-Racism is probably the biggest passion in my life. My personal feeling is that while any one person reguardless of race can be racist – we should still watch how what we say affects others. We cannot control anyone but ourselves. If there is a double standard with this, so be it. This is the same how you wouldn’t tell a “your momma” joke to a kid who has a dead mom. I realize that I myself did not enslave or come up with manifest destiny and assimiliation. However I need to be sure that I also realize that this history is a part of other’s history; and to be sensitive to others is only something that I truly believe that Christians and non Christians can & should do. I really don’t think your racist at all Greg, and I know you weren’t intending to be. I’m just offering my thoughts on the whole race issue. Thanks for reading, and no ill will – Patrick Molohon

    And for the record, I did not vote for Obama due only to his skin color, just as I know you didn’t vote for McCain solely for his.

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