Florida Congressman Allen West is the only member of the Tea Party in the Congressional Black Caucus. And very soon, there may be none.
Caucus Whip Congressman André Carson, an Indiana Democrat, made waves when he told a townhall that the Tea Party would be happy to see African-Americans “hanging from a tree.”
The Hill reports:
“This is the effort that we’re seeing of Jim Crow,” Carson said. “Some of these folks in Congress right now would love to see us as second-class citizens.”
“Some of them in Congress right now of this Tea Party movement would love to see you and me … hanging on a tree. Some of them in Congress are comfortable where we were 50 or 60 years ago.”
Carson says he has no regrets about his comments, reiterating that the Tea Party desires to end public schools and other programs that many minorities rely on. But Republican Allen West is not happy with the “race-baiting” remarks, and is threatening to leave the caucus over it.
“Congressman Carson’s desire to generally criticize a large grassroots group as racist is baseless and desperate,” West wrote. “When individuals believe they are defeated in a political disagreement, they normally resort to race-baiting, which in my opinion is in itself racist.”
West added that “in order to cover for the failings of the Obama Administration and the economic policies which have led to unemployment of more than 15 percent in the Black community, the CBC strategy is to demonize the Tea Party.”
Yes, this is the same Allen West who has talked about the “Democrat Plantation” and accused those who spoke against him over his sexist attacks on Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz of being racists for not siding with him.
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