I guess this is going to be Race-Day at TRR. It's kind of ironic that the Congressional Black Caucus would black-ball a white congressman who represents a majority black community, solely because of his skin color...but then they are all Democrats so what else besides double-standards would you expect?
Freshman Rep. Stephen I. Cohen, D-Tenn., is not joining the Congressional Black Caucus after several current and former members made it clear that a white lawmaker was not welcome.
"I think they're real happy I'm not going to join," said Cohen, who succeeded Rep. Harold Ford, D-Tenn., in a majority-black Memphis district. "It's their caucus and they do things their way. You don't force your way in. You need to be invited."
Cohen said he became convinced that joining the caucus would be "a social faux pas" after seeing news reports that former Rep. William Lacy Clay Sr., D-Mo., a co-founder of the caucus, had circulated a memo telling members it was "critical" that the group remain "exclusively African- American."
Other members, including the new chairwoman, Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, D-Mich., and Clay's son, Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-Mo., agreed.
"Mr. Cohen asked for admission, and he got his answer. ... It's time to move on," the younger Clay said. "It's an unwritten rule. It's understood. It's clear."
What is the purpose of the CBC if not to assist these black representatives to better advance the interests of their constituencies? All representative Cohen wants to do is be a part of the mechanism of representation his constituency deserves. He should pitch a hissy fit over this and make the race-baiters defend not letting him in the club because if his skin color.
I hate to be the one who points this out but, this is yet another example of black leaders demanding from white society that they be viewed as equals regardless of race, while setting themselves apart based precisely on race.
If you challenge a black person on any basis in this country, you are automatically accused of being a racist.....I guess this post makes me a racist.