Racial Politics: Next week, the Congressional Black Caucus will hold its 41st annual conference in Washington. It should be its last. The race-baiting group is alarmingly corrupt and out of control.
• Racism: Membership is closed to other races...... The exclusively black group is the only one on the Hill that enforces a pigment test: .....No whites or other minorities allowed.
When a white lawmaker representing a mostly black district was turned down for membership, Rep. William Lacy Clay, son of the caucus co-founder, explained that it's an "unwritten rule" that you must be black to join...... It's the sole criterion of membership.......
Founded in 1971 by 13 civil-rights leaders as "the conscience of the Congress," the caucus has strayed far from its original mission. Now boasting 42 politicians — including some of the most radical and unethical in Congress — it chiefly serves its own interests.
Its lavish annual gala is an unseemly shakedown of corporate donors unwittingly funding a war chest for Marxist causes. While the living conditions of average African-Americans worsen, this elite black power club has empowered and enriched its own.
The group has become an embarrassment not just to the black community and the civil-rights legacy it deigns to uphold, but the Democratic Party from which it draws almost all of its members. It should be disbanded......... Here's a bill of indictment:
• Hate speech: The caucus is run by racial arsonists spewing dangerous rhetoric.
Its whip, Rep. Andre Carson, last month likened Tea Party members to Klansmen who want to see blacks "hanging on a tree." Another member, Rep. Frederica Wilson, targeted the Tea Party as "the real enemy." The caucus' doyen, Rep. Maxine Waters, poured her trademark kerosene on the fire, adding: "The Tea Party can go straight to hell."
Rep. Allen West was so disgusted by the "hate-filled comments" he threatened to quit the caucus. He admonished fellow members to "follow the example of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., not the example of Rev. Jeremiah Wright." (The group's lone Republican, West says he only joined the caucus out of respect for his late parents.)