Allen West Threatens to Resign from Congressional Black Caucus

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The tea party, according to Rep. Andre Carson, D-Ind., a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, would “love to see us as second-class citizens” … and “some of them in Congress right now with this tea party movement would love to see you and me … hanging on a tree.” Of the tea party’s influence on Congress, Carson called it an “effort that we’re seeing of Jim Crow.” Another CBC member, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., said, “The tea party can go straight to hell.”

This was too much for Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., the only Republican member of the CBC. Another black Republican, Tim Scott, R-S.C., pointedly declined to even join the CBC. Given the hard-left views of the CBC, one wonders why West joined in the first place. West, presumably, thought he might change the CBC’s “blame whitey” approach to the problems and concerns of black Americans.

West wrote a letter to the chairman of the CBC, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., to denounce the comments by Carson and Waters: “I believe it is incumbent on you to both condemn these types of hate-filled comments, and to disassociate the Congressional Black Caucus from these types of remarks. Otherwise I will have to seriously reconsider my membership within the organization.”

Insert laughter.

Does West really think the CBC intends to condemn racial rhetoric, the very rhetoric CBC members routinely use? Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., a founding member of the CBC, said of the 1994 GOP House: “It’s not ‘spic’ and ‘nigger’ anymore. They say, ‘Let’s cut taxes.’” Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., another founding member, was once asked why a largely Arab area outside of Detroit flourished economically, while a mostly black area nearby continued to suffer. “Racism,” said Conyers.

Does West really think the CBC cares whether West wants to “seriously reconsider” his CBC membership? In the ’90s, another black Republican, Rep. Gary Franks, R-Conn., joined the CBC over the objection of other CBC members. Because of Franks’ opposition to race-based preferences, CBC member Rep. William Clay, D-Mo., said, “It would probably be better for all concerned if you did resign … admitting you never should have joined the ranks of black legislators who fight to protect the rights of black people.”

West represents a direct threat to the CBC’s worldview — that the problems of “Black America” stem from racism, and more government spending remains the answer.

How racist is a country that elected a black man as president with a greater share of the white vote than either John Kerry in 2004 or Al Gore in 2000?

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  • zsqpwxxeh

    Col. West is tired of Maxine and Sheila? Perish the thought!

  • mrbean

    The fact there even is such a thing as racist organization such as the Black Caucas in the Congress of the United States is offensive.

    • Linda Luna

      Absolutely!

  • John_Kelly

    Allen West has more integrity & character than the rest of the Black Caucus combined.

    Colonel West has a proven track record as he has served America under fire and I sincerely hope that one day this man of courage sits in the White House.

    • upaces88

      Let's wait and see what he does. A Threat is one thing; Action is another.

  • Amused

    Carson was a bit over the top , but the Teabaggers themselves supplied him with the ammo . The monkey drawings, the whole Obama family as monkies or chew-backas , the signs that invariably show up at teabagger rallies , the constant aspersions with what we all know are code words like the neos use ' juice ' for Jews , "non -gentiles " etc . One is racist and the other Bigotry , No Diff . The "innocent " tweets , the the real dullards of the teaparty think no one will get , man just look at some of the comments on this blog …LOL… "basketball players " ,the phony eubonics banter , and all the "thums up they get "rewarded " with .! The Teabaggers must think the rest of the world just fell out of a christmas tree . As do many of you .
    As for West ? Let him "dis-associate himself " , I doubt anyone would care anyway .

    • Ben Kaufman

      Those pictures thay you said were drawn can you offer any proof, because I was at those events and saw nothing of the sort. You're just repeating what Congressional Black communist are tellig you. The CBC also approves of the Nation of Islam a
      very bigoted group.Yes freedon and Independence are bad and Government control is good. Die you insecure control freak.

      • Dennis X

        Not only will I second that I to saw those pictures during t-bagger/ palin rallies but would like to add foxxx refering the ist laby as obama baby momma and the president as drinking forties or his birthday party as a hip-hop party. As for dilbert, don't let the door knob hit ya where the good lord split ya, bye, bye!

  • Amused

    A bunch of little Rush Limbaughs , and what a teacher he is ….as much as he disgusts me , he amuses me , with stuff like "folks of the same shade of melanin " , but what's funnier is the fools that look up to such idiots , and play pretend that they are not hearing or making racist comments .Respect is a two way street , you dont give it , you dont get it . A Very elementary notion . Carson may be a reactionary , but Teabaggers give him the reasons .

    • Linda Luna

      "Teabaggers" I suppose that is not suppose to be challenged?

  • PatriotX

    I’m kind of surprised that an honest and intelligent man like Allen West would join them anyway.

  • Kevin Stroup

    The CBC is a completely racist organization. The only requirement for acceptance is skin color. Racist.

  • upaces88

    I am weary of hearing, "I am an AFRICAN-American." Or, even Asian Americans, etc.?
    Why can't we all be Americans!
    I know that is an old thought but it separates Blacks from Whites, Asians.
    We all have ancestors that came from Europe, and all over the world.
    We need Unity now in the U.S. now more than ever.
    Do they WANT to remain divided American vs. African American?

    • Bamaguje

      A Congressional White Caucus would be racist!!

    • Blackie

      There's NEVER been a united America.

  • Blackie

    Allen West? Dilbert in Technicolor.

    • Elaine

      Blackie, I apologize for posting a reply to you from the wrong place…I could NOT find it.

      When a Military man who is black spills his blood on the battlefield, it isn't a different color. It ts the Blood of any AMERICAN SOLDIER.

      i AM WHITE…I do NOT label myself with White-Indian-Irish American.

      Those that died on 9/11 who were Black were not reported as "an African-American was killed. It was reported AN AMERICAN was killed on 9/11.

  • Elaine

    It is time for the Black People of America to stop beating us over the head with "We were slaves." LONG BEFORE, Africans sold "their own" people into slavery due to tribal wars or criminal activity — The Muslims were taking them as slaves. They neutered the men; and kept the women as sex slaves:
    Slavery in Islam – Answering Islam, A Christian-Muslim Dialog …

    Although Muslims took slaves from all over the lands they conquered, many of the Muslim slaves were black Africans. There were forced …
    http://www.answering-islam.org/Silas/​slavery.htm – Cached