This is a novel approach notable for its daring. You had to figure that the new power and unity of the Congressional Black Caucus with one member as a presidential candidate and a few others as committee chairs has to be scary. This is a direct, racist attack that I am willing to bet that more wingnuts will be pushing as the CBC begins to assert their growing power.

Tancredo:

“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.

Any black person will tell you — this society ain’t color-blind just yet. I hope the CBC members led by Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (a good progressive) will get aggressive out there with the message that the CBC is too black and too strong to get snowed under by a wannabe like Tancredo. The type of misdirected energy in defense of smooth criminal Dollar Bill Jefferson — getting all up in Nancy Pelosi’s face about his congressional privileges — needs to be re-focused on fending off GOP playahate.

As for whites and non-blacks wanting to join the Congressional Black Caucus, I agree with the BlackProf — how can we demand inclusion when we practice exclusion? Why give our enemies ammunition in the public space? Whites on the left need blacks. But you know what — we need their support too. The CBC ultimately will need to find a way to open the door to folks who can help move the agenda forward for African-Americans. The Republican version of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus has twice as many “associate” non-Hispanic members than they do actual Hispanics. How powerful would it look to dwarf that with a strong associate membership of folks who say that, despite not being black, that they want to stand with African-Americans for a country that serves all its people equally?

I’m just sayin’…

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