September 6, 2011

There are times when some stories just keep giving and giving. These are the stories we say have “legs.”

The race baiting of the Congressional Black Caucus is such a story. While on tour of five major cities: Cleveland, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami and Atlanta, the CBC did little than stir up seeds of discontent among African-Americans and far-left zealots who claim that conservative American leaders are bigots, racists and terrorists.

First we had California Rep. Maxine Waters telling that if she had her druthers, “the tea party can go straight to hell.”

Not one to be outdone, Indiana Rep. Andre Carson put in his two cents worth, trying his best to convince folks that he’s the second coming of Malcolm X.

“Some of these folks in Congress right now would love to see us (black Americans) as second-class citizens,” Carson said. “Some of them in Congress right now of this Tea Party movement would love to see you and me, I’m sorry, hanging on a tree.”

Florida Rep. Allen West is the only Republican in the CBC. West had the support of members of the Tea Party movement when he ran for Congress last year, so it’s understandable that he took umbrage with Carson’s race-baiting rant and Waters’ uncouth mouth.

“I don’t think we need that type of incendiary talk coming out there,” West said when he appeared on the Fox News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor recently. “And I think that it’s a reflection that when you look at the almost 17 percent unemployment rate in the black community, 40 percent unemployment rate among black teens, the high incarceration rates, that we are not seeing them go at failures of the Obama administration but rather they are trying to demonize and attack the Tea Party movement as a scapegoat for these failures.”

West is wrong on one point: he hinted that the CBC hasn’t criticized President Obama’s policies, but it has. CBC members have specifically taken Obama to task for not coming up with a jobs program to alleviate the unemployment West referred to in his comments on Bill O’Reilly’s show.

But West is absolutely right that the CBC is completely useless. Diogenes would have an easier time finding his elusive honest man than he would finding a more useless political body than the CBC.

So what do you do when you’re an elected official who’s black, liberal, Democratic and useless? Why, you resort to race baiting and scapegoating, of course. What better way to divert attention from the terrible job you've done representing your constituents?

Think back about six to eight weeks. West sent a testy e-mail to fellow Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schulz, calling her “vile, unprofessional and despicable.” While Missouri Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, the CBC chairman, hasn’t mustered the gumption to make any comment about Waters' or Carson's inflamatory remarks, he had an immediate reaction to West's.

“It’s unfortunate,” Cleaver said. “I’m going to talk to him.”

Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, a CBC member, said he was “shocked” by the language West used and then added, “we have really got to make sure that we maintain a high level of civility.”

Cummings knows what civility is. He is well educated. And he knows that neither Waters nor Carson employed it in their remarks about members of the Tea Party movement.

The only two questions that remain in my mind concerns Allen West, who I have made my personal preference to head the GOP ticket in 2012. One, why did he join the CBC in the first place?, and two, when will be quit them? Maybe he is there to keep an ever watchful eye out for them and report back the truth to black Americans who will listen.

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