Roger L. Simon makes the argument:
Nothing is worse for Black Americans, African-Americans, Afro-Americans, soul brothers and sisters, people of color, non-ofays, or whatever you choose to call that particular minority segment of our society than the Congressional Black Caucus…
…We’re in the era of Herman Cain, people, not Maxine Waters, Jesse Jackson, the stultifying Travis Smiley, or that man who has put a generation of Harvard and Princeton students into perpetual narcoleptic sleep — Dr. Cornel West.
And while we’re at it, all other caucuses based on race, religion, creed, or national origin should be put out to pasture along with it. Such groupings are so reactionary and self-destructive they make your eyes roll back in your head, collide with each other, and shoot out again like pinballs, destroying half your brain from the cerebellum to the medulla oblongata in the process. They divide us and help no one. They have no justification any more, if they ever did.
Racism is dead. Or as dead as it’s ever going to be…
Groups like the CBC, though, get to feast on un-earned power and wealth by playing the race card. That is all it is really about. If the people in the CBC cared about black Americans then, quite simply, people like Maxine Waters and Charlie Rangel would not be members. An organization which had in mind doing good things for others rather than doing well for themselves would have expelled such people. Race-baiting is good business…just ask people like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.
At the very minimum, groups like the Congressional Black Caucus should be afforded no funding or facilities by the United States government. If they want to live on private donations and hold their meetings in private facilities, that it their business. But a government of all the people of the United States should not permit a specifically race-based organization to have any semblance of official sanction. To put it in to perspective – supposed someone decided to create the Congressional Catholic Caucus?
Racism has no place in America…whether its for oppression or for con jobs.