You know, I'm not a big believer in "separate but equal organizations" that only feature one group of people, be they blacks, whites, Latinos, women vs. men, gays vs. the less merry, etc. As such, yeah, it bothers me that we need a Congressional Black Caucus.
However, equality remains a huge myth and I respect enough members of the CBC that I figure, OK, they must have a reason for having their own group.
What offends me, however, is Tancredo - a real piece of.. uh... hefty lint, who doesn't mind the separate organizations for various Republicans on Capitol Hill, or those for Christians only, who can point his finger quite exclusively at the Congressional Black Caucus and say, "It's not fair that you exist."
And isn't it just like the squirrelly right most wing of the GOP these days that this "demand" from Tancredo and others is based on what appears - by this article - to be a lie that one Congressman was denied entrance into the CBC because he's white.
From CBS News:
White House hopeful Tom Tancredo said Thursday the existence of the Congressional Black Caucus and other race-based groups of lawmakers amount to segregation and should be abolished.
"It is utterly hypocritical for Congress to extol the virtues of a colorblind society while officially sanctioning caucuses that are based solely on race," said the Colorado Republican, who is most widely known as a vocal critic of illegal immigration.
"If we are serious about achieving the goal of a colorblind society, Congress should lead by example and end these divisive, race-based caucuses," said Tancredo, who is scheduled to pitch his long-shot presidential bid this weekend in New Hampshire.
Tancredo's request, relayed in a letter to Administration Committee Chairwoman Juanita Millender-McDonald, D-Calif., revived his effort to change House rules to abolish the groups. Besides the Congressional Black Caucus, Democrats also have a Hispanic caucus with 21 members, and Republicans have a comparable Hispanic conference with five full members and 11 "associate" members who are not Hispanic.
The request comes in the wake of reports that freshman Rep. Stephen Cohen, D-Tenn., was refused admission to the Congressional Black Caucus because he is white. All 43 members of the caucus are black.
Cohen said in a statement that he told a reporter that he would be honored to join the caucus but did not apply, "nor has the CBC denied membership to me."