"The CBC (Congressional Black Caucus) welcomes support from others in the House and Senate, especially those with liberal credentials, but it is critical that its membership remain exclusively African American," retired Rep. William Lacy Clay Sr. wrote earlier this year to the CBC.Wonder what they think of Senator Obama. He is as Caucasian as he is Sub-Saharan African - from a genetics point of view at least. As a matter of fact, he has zero "African-American" blood in him. Just African (his father was from Kenya).
Mr. Clay's letter -- distributed by his son, Rep. William Lacy Clay Jr., Missouri Democrat -- prompted a CBC meeting before the August recess.
"The members have discussed it, and we supported the tradition that only African-Americans have been full members of the CBC, but as always we will work with anyone as our coalition partners and some have become honorary members," said Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, Michigan Democrat, who has been all but confirmed as the caucus' chairman for the 110th Congress.
The Clay letter was written in response to concerns that two Jewish congressional candidates, Tennessee state Rep. Steve Cohen and New York City Councilman David Yassky, both Democrats, would apply for CBC membership if elected from majority-black districts.
The ironically sad thing is that Jews played a critical part in the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s that at last held America up to the mirror and made it clean itself up. Then again, that isn't the history the CBC wants to be reminded of.
How about we all just call ourselves Americans and get on with the business of the country. Wait, that is too hard. Let's argue like the 1920s KKK instead.......