Friday, January 26, 2007

Apply for Membership

Yesterday US Congressman/Republican presidential candidate Tom Tancredo of Colorado called for the abolition of the "race-based caucuses in Congress" such as the Congressional Black Caucus, the "CBC", (Source: USA Today, Jan. 26th) because, "it is utterly hypocritical for Congress to extol the virtues of a colorblind society while officially sanctioning caucuses."

My first thought when I read this article was, "hey Congressman Tancredo, I completely agree with you about the hypocrisy of these caucuses but instead of just calling for them to be dissolved -- highly unlikely -- why don't you ask the caucuses if you can become a member?" Then I researched this suggestion a bit only to find that "white" Members of Congress have tried to join the CBC in the past but have been denied: -- reportedly first attempted by Congressman Pete " a white man and a Democrat" Stark in 1975

Perhaps our current Affirmative Action laws should be applied to the CBC so they create a "white slot" for someone like Congressman Tancredo to become a member?

Keep hope alive,


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