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Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Admits Obama’s Blackness Trumps His Failed Record
Townhall.com ^ | September 22, 2012 | Crystal Wright

Posted on 09/22/2012 6:50:35 AM PDT by Kaslin

The Congressional Black Caucus was formed in 1971 to advocate on behalf of black Americans and hold lawmakers and the President of the United States accountable for policies adversely impacting blacks. The CBC is often referred to as the “conscience of the Congress.”

Considering the caucus’ history, it’s shocking CBC Chairman Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver admitted to the Root the CBC has been reluctant to criticize President Obama because he’s black. Never mind black unemployment under Obama for the past three years has been nearly double the national average and hit a record high of 16% in 2011. Black unemployment hasn’t been that high since 1984. I guess Cleaver also isn’t concerned black wealth has also plummeted under Obama. According to Pew Research Center, the average black family’s wealth is about $5,600 compared with $113,000 for whites.

According to Cleaver, “pride” about the president’s blackness trumps any concerns over current 14% black unemployment for members of the CBC. Cleaver said “if we had a white president we'd be marching around the White House.”

As the CBC celebrates their annual Legislative Conference this week in DC, it’s more than insulting that Rep. Cleaver can chuckle about the CBC giving Obama a pass on accountability for his failed agenda with blacks and all Americans. Cleaver’s glib reaction is particularly disturbing when you consider in 1970 the Democratic Select Committee, which later became the CBC, was outraged by President Richard Nixon’s refusal to meet with them. Nixon’s snub appeared to be the impetus for group’s name change a year later.

In 1971, the CBC boycotted Nixon’s State of the Union because he refused to meet with them and sent him a list of 60 policy recommendations, the link to which has been conspicuously removed from the CBC website. At least a year ago or two ago it was there. Perhaps Cleaver removed it because he didn’t want people asking why the CBC isn’t treating Obama with the same outrage.

After all, Obama refused to meet with the CBC until a full year in office even though 95% of blacks voted for him in 2008. That doesn’t seem to be the appropriate way to thank your most loyal voting bloc. Adding insult to injury, Obama spoke at last year’s CBC’s annual legislative conference and told blacks they were lazy and needed to look for jobs.

"Take off your bedroom slippers. Put on your marching shoes. "Shake it off. Stop complainin'. Stop grumblin'. Stop cryin.”

Cleaver joked with the Root when asked what he would do if Hillary Clinton had won the presidency in 2008 and the jobless numbers for blacks were this bad. “As much as I love Sen. Clinton I would have been all over her on 14 percent unemployment for African Americans. I would have said, "My sister, I love you, but this has got to go."

Apparently being America’s first black president has its benefits. It means the raging high unemployment and diminished wealth for blacks under Obama’s presidency ain't nothing but a thing to members of the CBC. The conscience of the Congress seems to have lost its way and sold his soul down the river in the name of giving deference to a brother named Barack Obama.


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1 posted on 09/22/2012 6:50:40 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Cleaver and Maxine Waters: Role models for Black power gone sour


2 posted on 09/22/2012 6:53:57 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: Kaslin
The Congressional Black Caucus was formed in 1971 to advocate on behalf of black Americans and hold lawmakers and the President of the United States accountable for policies adversely impacting blacks. The CBC is often referred to as the “conscience of the Congress.”

This is a parody, right?

3 posted on 09/22/2012 6:54:48 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("In the kingdom of the blind, sight is a crime and mentioning what you see is a gaffe.")
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To: Kaslin

The CBC is now the largest bloc in the House Dem caucus, and because of the VRA, most of their members are elected in near-perpetuity. It will be interesting to see if, whenever Pelosi goes, they attempt to get Cyburn the minority leader spot..


4 posted on 09/22/2012 6:57:41 AM PDT by ken5050
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To: Kaslin

The CBC is now the largest bloc in the House Dem caucus, and because of the VRA, most of their members are elected in near-perpetuity. It will be interesting to see if, whenever Pelosi goes, they attempt to get Clyburn the minority leader spot..


5 posted on 09/22/2012 6:57:44 AM PDT by ken5050
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To: Kaslin

The CBC is now the largest bloc in the House Dem caucus, and because of the VRA, most of their members are elected in near-perpetuity. It will be interesting to see if, whenever Pelosi goes, they attempt to get Clyburn the minority leader spot..


6 posted on 09/22/2012 6:57:47 AM PDT by ken5050
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To: Kaslin

And there it is.


7 posted on 09/22/2012 7:00:48 AM PDT by Polyxene (Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice.)
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To: Tax-chick

According to Cleaver, “pride” about the president’s blackness trumps any concerns over current 14% black unemployment for members of the CBC. Cleaver said “if we had a white president we’d be marching around the White House.”

Cleaver - your president is Mulatto; so you should at least be marching half-way around the White House, right?


8 posted on 09/22/2012 7:02:09 AM PDT by delcopatriot
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To: Kaslin; All

Does this Black Racist realize Obama is Half-Whitey?


9 posted on 09/22/2012 7:03:20 AM PDT by SeminoleCounty (Egypt wants to execute me.)
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To: delcopatriot

Yea,he was raised muslim or white!


10 posted on 09/22/2012 7:04:20 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: Kaslin
Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Admits Obama’s Blackness Trumps His Failed Record

The crowning achievement for the demonrat party: to elevate color over competence, character, charity, clarity and common sense and then get the rest of America to go along so no one will say bad stuff about us.

We are constantly tested in this life, but we, the people, have failed this one and now own the consequences.

11 posted on 09/22/2012 7:05:16 AM PDT by GBA
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To: Kaslin

great reason to vote for watching our country to up in smoke.


12 posted on 09/22/2012 7:05:23 AM PDT by dalebert
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To: Kaslin

Recall the old warning that he who controls the meaning of words controls the outcome of a debate. This was never more true than in the current discourse about being black in America.

When Nobel Prize winning poet Tony Morrison, who is African-American, can write an October 1988 New Yorker article titled “Clinton as the first black president”, then what is “black”? When the NAACP calls the black conservative Kenneth Gladney, “not black enough”, and “not a brother” then what is “black”? When Time magazine’s Jack White calls Supreme Court Justice Thomas, “the scariest of all the hobgoblins”, saying “Washington seems to be filled with white men who make black people uneasy”, than what is “black”? And when Obama, a man whose mother is Caucasian, and whose father was 12.5% African Negro and 87.5% Arab, can tell us his autobiography that in his youth he struggled with his racial identity before *deciding* to be black, what is “black”?

When Bill Maher, during a panel discussion on HBO complains that Obama’s policies are “half-assed” “because he’s only half black.” and that “if he was fully black, I’m telling you, he would be a better president.”, and that “there’s a white man in him holding him back”, than what is “black”?

“Black” in all these contexts, as well as Juan Williams’s complaint on Fox News that the extraordinarily lopsided expression of Missouri voter sentiment in August of 2010 rejecting ObamaCare (in one county by 92%) was really about race, is not about “race” at all. It is about ideology, socialist ideology.

And demanding that one group of citizens fund perpetual “benefits” for another citizens, is just socialism, plain and simple. Anyone who is familiar with the Ten Commandments should be able to see this as the coveting it is.

With respect to BHO being black: it is not about the racial characteristics he was born with, it is about the ideology he adopted. It is not what percent black he is, it is about how thoroughly red he is.


13 posted on 09/22/2012 7:05:23 AM PDT by theBuckwheat
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To: Kaslin

B-HO launders money for a living. He laundered money in Chicago with hospital funds, state retirement funds, community organizing funds, and public housing funds.

During his presidency he has laundered money through the GM bailout, Solyndra and other green-energy hoaxes, and government contract work.

B-HO is the most successful crook the WH has ever housed. He cares not about the muslims, public education, nor citizen healthcare. All are opportunities for him to launder money to himself and his friends.


14 posted on 09/22/2012 7:05:59 AM PDT by abclily
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To: Kaslin
At least somebody's being honest about it.

Obama is the 2012 version of O. J. Simpson. What he does or did doesn't matter at all. As far as the minority/black jury/voters was/is concerned, he's black and he's acquitted.

15 posted on 09/22/2012 7:06:05 AM PDT by PapaNew
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To: GBA

these are the same people who praise castro and chee..hard core communists..


16 posted on 09/22/2012 7:06:53 AM PDT by dalebert
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To: Kaslin

“It’s not about party, but principle; it’s not about race, but righteousness.” Bishop E.W. Jackson’s Message to Black Christians .... outstanding!! Actually, this applies to ALL people who would call themselves ‘Christian’ and vote for a Democrat.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oi_KaZ53eDg&sns=tw


17 posted on 09/22/2012 7:08:14 AM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: SeminoleCounty

Eeeechtually—the person calling itself Obama is Meerly one EIGHTH ‘black’, and truly one half (spit) WHITE and the rest be A-rab.
Kinda explains quite a lot these days, don’ it???


18 posted on 09/22/2012 7:09:41 AM PDT by Flintlock (-THE TRUTH--It's the NEW hate speech.)
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19 posted on 09/22/2012 7:10:57 AM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: SeminoleCounty
Does this Black Racist realize Obama is Half-Whitey?

No matter. There's the "one drop" theory of slaveholding days. Or, in the case of Cherokee Princess Elizabeth Warren, the 1/32 of a drop theory.

20 posted on 09/22/2012 7:15:12 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: musicman

Exactly...somehow I’m racist as I refused to vote for Obama because I didn’t like his policies...sheesh...


21 posted on 09/22/2012 7:15:57 AM PDT by IMTOFT (At least I'm enjoying the ride...)
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To: Kaslin

             

22 posted on 09/22/2012 7:16:45 AM PDT by tomkat
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To: dalebert

They may be hurting the very people they pretend to help.
Obama blew the opportunity to bring everyone together. He decided to divide people against each other during his reign.


23 posted on 09/22/2012 7:18:54 AM PDT by FreedBird
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To: Kaslin

...so black caucus chairman declares he is a racist. Only sees color first.


24 posted on 09/22/2012 7:20:16 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: Tax-chick
This is a parody, right?

Maybe not - everyone knows that fits of conscience are "nagging pangs"....

25 posted on 09/22/2012 7:20:43 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: Kaslin

After Obama loses in a landslide victory for Romney they will blame Obama’s white half for his failures...


26 posted on 09/22/2012 7:26:32 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (Resurrect the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC)...before there is no America!)
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To: Kaslin

Someone in these types of interviews needs to point out to these black racist a-holes that Barack Obama IS NOT BLACK! Please, stop with that - he ia a mulatto, more white than black, a product of Affirmative Action preferences, and represents the biggest hoax ever perpetrated on America by a lying criminal media.

I have grown as tired of hearing about “blacks” and all their “grievances” as I have about “muslims” and all their “grievances”. I am sick unto death hearing about muslims.......


27 posted on 09/22/2012 7:36:59 AM PDT by astounded (Barack Obama is a clear and present danger to the USA)
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To: Kaslin

They didn’t need to confirm this. The rest of us who actually know and work and live around black people know their color trumps everything. And it’s a general statement but that’s my overall experience. I guess this is news to white libs in the media who have very little contact with people of color.
:shrugs:


28 posted on 09/22/2012 7:39:24 AM PDT by snarkytart
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To: astounded

Just stop with that. Obama is black. That’s how people see him, that’s the culture he relates to and identifies with, that’s how he looks. He is light skinned but, still a black man. Is there anything about him that lets you think he sees himself or in anyway identifies with white culture?

And unfortunately in this country there was the racist drop in the bucket rule that people still apply in this day and age, including people of color.

Obama is black.


29 posted on 09/22/2012 7:46:13 AM PDT by snarkytart
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To: Kaslin
According to Cleaver, “pride” about the president’s blackness trumps any concerns ...

Obviousness is obvious.

It's wonderful to see "progressives" admit that race matters. It's way past time we got over the whole "content of their character" nonsense, and let the color of someones skin trump all other concerns.

30 posted on 09/22/2012 7:50:40 AM PDT by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: Kaslin

Congressional Black Caucus=The Klan with a tan.

THE most racist organisation in the United States of America.


31 posted on 09/22/2012 7:53:09 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Kaslin
According to Cleaver, “pride” about the president’s blackness trumps any concerns over current 14% black unemployment for members of the CBC.

****************

SOoo...

Cleaver and the rest of the CBC....
....are black racialists...
...preferring and kow-towing to the false messiah and his skin color...

INSTEAD OF DEALING WITH THE FACTS OF THE (POLICY) MATTERS....????

WHO KNEW??

32 posted on 09/22/2012 7:58:41 AM PDT by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Kaslin.


33 posted on 09/22/2012 8:08:43 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Kaslin

How many of the CBC are communists? A whole bunch of em!
They are totally despicable and racist to the core.
I could care less what any of these black KKK clowns think.


34 posted on 09/22/2012 8:10:36 AM PDT by lgjhn23
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To: Kaslin
I wonder why there has never been a Congressional Caucasian Caucus?

I wonder why FR is so slow.

I'm full of wonderment.

5.56mm

35 posted on 09/22/2012 8:12:35 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: Kaslin

The moment someone cites skin color is the moment one must realize you are not dealing with a fair-minded individual, but one who wishes to skew all subsequent conversation. Therefore, these individuals must be rejected. They are divisive, antithetical to the notion of achieving true solutions.

They are, in fact, part (and in some cases, a significant part) of the very problem they seek to draw attention to.


36 posted on 09/22/2012 8:14:31 AM PDT by MarDav
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To: snarkytart

Thomas Sowell is black. Barack Obama is something else, a black activist, a hateful racist.


37 posted on 09/22/2012 8:21:05 AM PDT by jimfree (In Nov 2012 my 12 y/o granddaughter has more relevant&quality executive experience than Barack Obama)
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To: Kaslin

Haven’t we heard this Ethnic Purity crap before? Say in the 1940s in Europe?.


38 posted on 09/22/2012 8:40:07 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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...”Obama is black.”

No, he is not black. He has no connection to the so-called “African-American” experience as a descendant of slaves brought here starting in the 1600s. Obama actually is a chameleon, an elitist fraud who has been boosted through life because he exhibits 50% more melanin in his skin than a caucasian. Obama uses “blackness” when it’s convenient to him politically, but really is no different than any other limousine liberal hypocrite. There isn’t a cintilla of “blackness” in him.


39 posted on 09/22/2012 9:07:20 AM PDT by astounded (Barack Obama is a clear and present danger to the USA)
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To: Kaslin
For Cleaver it's about blackness. For Harry Reid it's about a “light-skinned” candidate with “no Negro dialect unless he wanted to.” And Joe Biden likes the fact that Obama bathes and doesn't dress his hair with Murray's Pomade. Chris Matthews can close his eyes when Obama speaks and imagine he's listening to Perry Como. “He is post-racial by all appearances. You know, I forgot he was black tonight for an hour.”
40 posted on 09/22/2012 9:10:25 AM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Kaslin
Support from their allies.
41 posted on 09/22/2012 9:10:40 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again")
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To: txrefugee

“Cleaver and Maxine Waters: Role models for Black power gone sour”

And let’s not forget that “rocket scientist,” Hank Johnson, the black pinhead congressman who is worried about Guam capsizing! Skin color and stupidity, the hallmarks of the CBC!


42 posted on 09/22/2012 9:40:17 AM PDT by vette6387
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To: txrefugee

“Cleaver and Maxine Waters: Role models for Black power gone sour”

And let’s not forget that “rocket scientist,” Hank Johnson, the black pinhead congressman who is worried about Guam capsizing! Skin color and stupidity, the hallmarks of the CBC!


43 posted on 09/22/2012 9:40:17 AM PDT by vette6387
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To: Kaslin

OJ Simpson agrees,it’s all about the color that makes a brotherhood.


44 posted on 09/22/2012 9:48:59 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: Kaslin

Voting based on skin color is racist.


45 posted on 09/22/2012 10:13:21 AM PDT by stonehouse01 (Equal rights for unborn women)
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To: theBuckwheat

Maher’s comments are about what I would expect from such an idiot. The truth is that I don’t know of a single instance of a nation governed by black people that has been a great success story. The same seems to be true of any city in this country that is managed by black mayors etc. If I am wrong then would someone please enlighten me but it looks to me as if the surest route to disaster is to place black people in charge of government.

I don’t know of one thing that Thomas Sowell has ever written with which I disagree and I think he is a shining example of what is so rare now and that is true wisdom but people like Mr. Sowell never seem to run for office, instead we get clowns like Obama. Allen West is an exception but I don’t expect to ever see Mr. West as a candidate for president, clowns like Maher will move heaven and Earth to keep someone like Allen West from rising higher.


46 posted on 09/22/2012 11:42:22 AM PDT by RipSawyer
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To: Kaslin
. The CBC is often referred to as the “conscience of the Congress.”

I think their CONSCIENCE left... in 1972.

47 posted on 09/22/2012 12:07:19 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (Yes, Obama, I had help with my business. MY CUSTOMERS!)
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48 posted on 09/22/2012 12:10:34 PM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Tax-chick

They refused membership to a white congressman whose constituency was black.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0107/2389.html


49 posted on 09/22/2012 12:23:09 PM PDT by stylin19a (Obama -> Ransom "Rance" Stoddard)
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To: Flintlock

That schmuck Obama isn’t Arab at all. He’s half Luo.


50 posted on 09/22/2012 12:50:48 PM PDT by Jacob Kell
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