Crisis in the caucus!

Black Congressional Caucus forced with having to admit -- egads! -- other views

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We found a recent college professor's column in the Philadelphia Inquirer laughable -- but one of the first honest pieces we've seen about the Congressional Black Caucus.

Terry Smith, of the DePaul University College of Law, opined that the caucus shouldn't allow conservative blacks to be members because -- and he really said this -- that would make the caucus about race.

You can't make this stuff up.

Well, at least it was honest: The Congressional Black Caucus isn't about race so much as ideology. It's a liberal Democratic organization that is hostile to conservative values.

That's always been the case, but the truth has come to the fore with the election of two black conservative Republicans -- Tim Scott in South Carolina and Allen West in Florida.

Interestingly, the two are taking opposite approaches to the black caucus:

West told a newspaper in Florida that he'll join the black caucus because, "There's a voice out there that needs to be heard. This monolithic hold that they have needs to be challenged -- but challenged in this intellectual manner."

Scott says his ideals don't match up with the Congressional Black Caucus, and he sees no need to join: "I have always been a guy who has lived in an integrated world."

We think there's merit in both approaches: staying away out of principle, or joining and trying to make a difference from within. The two men made very different and highly personal choices, and we respect both.

We do hope, however, that Scott's approach ultimately prevails -- and that someday soon our leaders will see that dividing us by race has a deleterious effect on the country. It pits races against each other, each doing its best to press for advantage.

Of course, many observers believe we're not there yet, and that minorities still need to caucus and press their agendas in a unified manner. But if so, we would hope such groups would at least be open to diverse thinking. Should conservative blacks not have a seat at the lunch counter with liberal blacks?

They might find that conservative principles -- family, marriage, self-reliance, the freedom that comes with limited government -- have as much of a place in black America as in other sectors of society -- and are also keenly felt by their absence. Couldn't it just be that, maybe, the liberal policies of the past 40 or 50 years that the Congressional Black Caucus has been promoting in lockstep either aren't effective or, worse, are holding back black America?

What't the harm in asking?

If Terry Smith is right -- and this is really the Liberal Black Caucus -- then change the name. If not, why not let other views in?

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Rhetor
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Rhetor 12/26/10 - 03:48 am
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Is Smith even a member of the

Is Smith even a member of the caucus? No, he's just a professor. He doesn't speak for the caucus and his comments have only marginal relevance to their business, if any. Good heavens.

justus4
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justus4 12/26/10 - 04:29 am
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The article makes fun of the
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The article makes fun of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and that's EXACTLY what Tim Scott wants to do too. It won't work! Here is why: Scott will learn just like J.C. Watts (R-OK) the former ONLY Black guy carrying the water for (R)s that their beliefs do not recognize the value of diversity. Scott is a Clearance Thomas-type individual whose understanding of the CBC is based on right-wing talking heads and wrong information. Recently, Black American Farmers from the south receive partial justice in a long overdue (24 yrs) discrimination suit against the Dept. of Agriculture who systematically lied to Black Framers, but awarded white Farmers bank loans and equipment grants. The CBC was instrumental, along with the President, in getting (50 billion) that "justice" done however, a figure like Scott would've been an impediment because he don't think such discrimination exist in the first place. Scott is just a pawn for the non-minority media who will be used, just like in this article, to attempt to cast unfavorable light on the CBC. Again, Scott will be gone in two and the CBC will be diligently working doing the People's work to get some people of color in the all-white U.S. Senate. Oh, and the assertion of "pitting the races" against each other is code language for the minority citizens are advancing. And to that point, one only needs sight of the First Family.

old49er
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old49er 12/26/10 - 09:01 am
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I have never understood the

I have never understood the Congressional Black Caucus. I thought that when a person ran for congressional office from a particular district, he or she was supposed to represent ALL of the people from that district, not only a particular race. Are constituents of other races being short-changed by these individuals in this caucus?

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Riverman1 12/26/10 - 10:35 am
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Black conservative

Black conservative Republicans are some of the most discriminated against people there are. Supreme Court Clarence Thomas can't speak anywhere without liberals trying their best to deny his right to be heard.

MajorPaul
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MajorPaul 12/26/10 - 10:22 am
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Organizations like the

Organizations like the Congressional Black Caucus and the NAACP are, and always have been about race. The members do not want truth, justice, or the American way, they want their way.
One instance of this was when the semi-local NAACP petitioned to have the Stainless Banner removed from the Riverwalk. They ignored all the history and heritage behind the flag, including that of the Black Confederate soldiers.
One of their arguments was, "Well, we do understand there is some heritage with the flag. But the fact that the Klan uses it ought to be enough to make any thinking person want it removed from public display."
I will say again what I said then. The Klan uses a cross too. When these NAACP members petition churches to have the crosses removed from their churches (because the Klan uses it as a symbol of terrorism) I will believe the NAACP is about something more than race.

soldout
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soldout 12/26/10 - 11:07 am
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There is only one group of

There is only one group of people whose whole focus is on race and that focus is destroying them. There is a shortage of love in this group and that destroys any group of people. The Bible says where there is strife and envy there is every evil work. Strife and envy will destroy an individual, a family, a race or a country.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 12/26/10 - 01:37 pm
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The whole idea of the

The whole idea of the Congressional Black Caucus has always been a hoot. They would be the first to stroke out if all of the white representatives formed the Congressional White Caucus to press the agenda of white folks. The hypocrisy of the double standard of who can do what and say what concerning racial issues in this country is a crying shame. Certain groups can do or say anything but if you counter by action or comment you will certainly be publicly decried as a racist. While organizations such as the Congressional Black Caucus are allowed to exist the rest of us are playing a football game in which we can have neither an offense nor a defense. All we can do is punt.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 12/26/10 - 02:16 pm
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I'd make a comment, but I
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I'd make a comment, but I think Professor Smith's desire to deny conservative AA's from joining the CBC says far more about "open minded" liberals than I can post. Oh, how's this...I think its funny how conservatives are always the ones painted as discriminators. Yeah, I'm laughing.

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rmwhitley 12/26/10 - 03:32 pm
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I remember, last year I
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I remember, last year I believe it was, when the NAAWP and the Congressional White Caucus met. Can you imagine if those two organizations were allowed to exist or co-exist with the NAACP and the Congressional Black Caucus? Two of the organizations are too racist!

WW1949
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WW1949 12/26/10 - 08:04 pm
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I could care less what the

I could care less what the NAACP, Black Caucus or any others like that think. You can call me racist for that attitude but I live and treat people of all races like I want to be treated. To give preferance to one group over another is just not right. I agree with Southern Guy that liberals call conservatives racist because they do not want to redistribute a working man's pay to those that feel they are entitled to his or her money. Redistribution has never and will never be in my mindset. If I want to give away I will and if I do not want to I will not. But it will be my choice. Entitlements are ruining the working person and making it easier for illegals to get and keep jobs.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 12/26/10 - 09:42 pm
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RM, don't forget about Miss
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RM, don't forget about Miss Black America and Black Entertainment Television. Can you imagine Miss White America and White Entertainment Television? The liberals would go ballistic!

NavyVeteran
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NavyVeteran 12/27/10 - 02:33 am
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When an organization of any

When an organization of any type names itself with a race or racial name or symbol such as the Black Politcal Caucus or National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, that, in and of itself brands it forever as racist. It will never change nor will the public ever pecieve it to be anything other than what it started out to be, racist. It is obvious to anyone other than the liberal left that the "level playing field" they want to engender is level only if they are allowed to hold the level.

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