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Racism in Congress: The Black Caucus
Capitalism Magazine ^ | December 23, 2002 | Ron Pisaturo

Posted on 12/23/2002 2:25:06 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe

In expressing “outrage” over Senator Trent Lott’s praise of Strom Thurmond and his segregationist vision, the Congressional Black Caucus was calling the kettle black. Every member of the “Black Caucus” should follow Lott's lead and resign from Congress for helping to turn Thurmond’s despicable vision into reality.

Why do 38 Congressmen racially segregate themselves into the “Black Caucus,” which shamelessly calls itself “the premier power group in the U.S. House of Representatives”? Because they are racist.

The Web site of the Congressional Black Caucus says the CBC has sought “to achieve pride of race,” as if an individual should be racially prejudiced in favor of himself and claim credit for the virtues of his ancestors. The CBC describes itself as “a group exclusively devoted to promoting the black interest,” as if an individual’s interests are based on his race, and as if the government should be promoting the interests of groups instead of protecting the rights of individuals. The Caucus derides “white dominated special interest groups” while praising “black organizations,” “black communities,” and “America's black race.” Apparently, these latter collectives somehow are not special-interest groups, but racially elite “power groups.”

In modern history, racism has gone hand-in-hand with another form of collectivism: socialism. The National Socialists—i.e., Nazis—required citizens to document their Aryan pedigree; the Soviet Socialists required citizens to document that their ancestors had not owned property, thereby proving their proletarian pedigree. The Soviets held further that the proletarians’ ideas would be inherited by their descendants. The fact that Jews and other racial minorities were persecuted by both the Nazis and Soviets needs no elaboration. The ethnic and religious persecution by Middle-East dictatorships such as Iran, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia goes hand-in-hand with those regimes’ nationalizations of oil properties and government-run economies. In contrast, capitalism has always eroded racism. England, when it was the most capitalist nation in Europe, had the least amount of racism. In America, the more capitalist North overcame the racist South.

In her 1963 essay, “Racism,” Ayn Rand wrote, “Like every form of collectivism, racism is a quest for the unearned.” In particular, racism is “a quest for an automatic self-esteem (or pseudo-self-esteem).” As a racist expects the collective race to give him unearned pride and self-esteem, so a socialist expects the collective society to give him unearned wealth. Socialism claims that every individual--along with his property--belongs to the collective, and the wealth of the collective is for all to share in. In contrast, a capitalist knows he must earn his own way, and he must judge others accurately. Capitalism makes racism unprofitable for the racist: If a business refuses to buy from the best supplier simply because of race, that business suffers a terrible competitive disadvantage.

It is thus no wonder that racism and socialism go hand-in-hand in the Congressional Black Caucus. The CBC favors further socialization of health care and further government subsidies for housing, “minority business,” and “workers.” Moreover, Caucus members support subsidies for farmers in Africa and the Caribbean, and for “people of color around the globe.” Aside from the injustice of forcing American taxpayers to support some global collective, why do Black Caucus members focus on Africa and the Caribbean, and on “people of color”? The sickening answer is obvious.

If anyone wonders why so many black individuals born in America still wallow in poverty and crime while wave after wave of destitute, non-English-speaking refugees from all over the globe—from Eastern Europe to Korea to Viet Nam to Africa—escape to America and quickly thrive, one need look no further than the fact that many American blacks accept the anti-individualist, racist ideas of the Black Caucus and other so-called “black leaders.” If you think like a socialist, who waits for the group to think and produce for him, you will remain poor like a socialist. And if you think like a racist, who expects his skin color or blood to do all the thinking he needs, you will never experience genuine pride.

Freedom, which individuals enjoy in America, will not give you happiness. Freedom lets you pursue your happiness by thinking as an independent individual.

Two hundred years from now, no history textbook will mention the Trent Lott incident or even Trent Lott. But the textbooks will contain statements such as this: “Even as late as the 21st century, brazen racism was entrenched in American government. There was even a gang of Congressmen that called itself ‘The Congressional Black Caucus!’”


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; Philosophy; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: black; blackcaucus; congress; congressman; povertypimps; racehustlers; racism; racist; reverseracism
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1 posted on 12/23/2002 2:25:06 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Can you imagine the deafening UPROAR if there was a "WHITE" caucus?? Why the world would spin of it's axis!
2 posted on 12/23/2002 2:30:03 PM PST by PISANO
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To: *Reverse Racism
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3 posted on 12/23/2002 2:30:46 PM PST by Free the USA
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Amen! Amen! Amen! And Bump!
4 posted on 12/23/2002 2:30:56 PM PST by jigsaw
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Great post, as always Joe. And of course there is another caucus in the HOR, the "Progressive Caucus" which is openly socialist/communist. Many reps belong to both the CBC and the Progressive Caucus. Democrats are communists in all but name.
5 posted on 12/23/2002 2:31:01 PM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Bush will tell you the Black Caucus is in the spirit of this country. Perhaps someone should ask Mr. Bush that question.
6 posted on 12/23/2002 2:32:55 PM PST by cynicom
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Them double standard demarcates again! Do I need to say any more?
7 posted on 12/23/2002 2:36:56 PM PST by Cup of Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Allow me to play devil's advocate....if Sharpton, Rangel, Clinton, et al, were confronted with this, they'd say blacks can't be racist because in order to be racist you have to have enough power to impose your racism on others.
8 posted on 12/23/2002 2:37:58 PM PST by Texas Eagle
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To: Tailgunner Joe
"It's a big sh_t sandwich and we all have to take a bite"
Pvt. Chris Taylor from the movie "Platoon"

9 posted on 12/23/2002 2:41:27 PM PST by w_over_w
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Actually, I don't think the CBC is racist. Haven't they denied membership to JC Watts and Gary Franks in the past? They should really be called the Liberal Congressional Black Caucus.
10 posted on 12/23/2002 2:41:53 PM PST by Andyman
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To: Bisesi
or White Entertainment Television.....
11 posted on 12/23/2002 2:44:29 PM PST by alisasny
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To: Texas Eagle
They confuse racism and white supremacy. Their very definition of racism is a racist definition! Of course anyone can be racist.
12 posted on 12/23/2002 2:44:49 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Cup of Joe
You must use proper Ebonics, it's not them it's Dem.
13 posted on 12/23/2002 2:44:56 PM PST by BIGZ
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To: Andyman
They consider black conservatives to be race traitors. They are Oreos and Uncle Toms.
14 posted on 12/23/2002 2:45:48 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Texas Eagle
Allow me to play devil's advocate....if Sharpton, Rangel, Clinton, et al, were confronted with this, they'd say blacks can't be racist because in order to be racist you have to have enough power to impose your racism on others.

It seems that the cbc does have the power to impose its racism on others. Lott didn't help his case, but the cbc sure was busy imposing its racist view of all things Republican via the so called "mainstream media". In Michigan the governor elect, Jenny Mulhern, played the race card as orchestrated by cbc member John Conyers when she advocated reparations for slavery. The Republicans didn't handle the issue effectively because they didn't follow up with an alternative message to define the crucial differences between their ideals and the commu...er, uh, democrat principles of playing the races off against one another.

15 posted on 12/23/2002 2:47:05 PM PST by RushLake
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To: Tailgunner Joe
It would be nice if before this thread ends we could compile a list of "racially insensitive" comments by black caucus members that for some strange reason never reach the magnitude of Lott's comments. It's obvious that a double standard exists where in most cases the media will never turn into a cause celebrere any racially charged remarks by black politicians, sports figures and other assorted race pimps.
16 posted on 12/23/2002 2:47:15 PM PST by american spirit
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To: RushLake
Hmmmm, not a bad argument.

So it's possible for a black person to deny a white person a job. That sounds like power to me.

17 posted on 12/23/2002 2:48:52 PM PST by Texas Eagle
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To: Tailgunner Joe
The most racist people in America today are liberal black people.
18 posted on 12/23/2002 2:49:43 PM PST by Republic of Texas
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To: Bisesi
This deal with Trent Lott was a political sham. It was a racial divide, and now they have divided me. I will vote against every black that I see. They were playing the race card, and so can I. Times have changed since segregation, and this deal with Trent Lott is just taking us backward. We had long ago gotten past segregation, and now we have come to this.
19 posted on 12/23/2002 2:49:44 PM PST by tessalu
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Th CBC is a joke. These representatives are so delusional that they actually call themselves 'the conscience of the Congress'. Hah! With members like Maxine Waters, Jesse Jackson Jr., Sheila Jackson Lee, and former members like Kweesi Mfume (spelling intentional), they are the biggest bunch of hypocrites to ever come down the pike!

When was the last time you ever heard a mention of Mefume's numerous children out-of-wedlock? As far as the media is concerned they don't exist.

Sorry, as an ex-Baltimorean the CBC and Mfume really get me going.....
20 posted on 12/23/2002 2:50:28 PM PST by Rummyfan
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To: Texas Eagle
Allow me to play devil's advocate....if Sharpton, Rangel, Clinton, et al, were confronted with this, they'd say blacks can't be racist because in order to be racist you have to have enough power to impose your racism on others.

Let me play devils advocate. If it was the average white guy explaing the situation you would have this explanation.

1. The Black Causus was behind the removal of Trent Lott.

2. NAACP was behind it.

3. Jesse

4. Al

5. Hitlary

6. Bill

Is this power or do we need to add more.

a. The power it must take to have a Black Miss America. We don't have a white.

b. The power it must take to have a Black basketball league.

c. Football league.

d. The power to remove a Flag from a Nations flag pole.

e. The power to release O.J back on the public scene.

f. The power to have all Black TV station.

g. The power to burn and loot.

h. The power to run the inner city school sytems using home grown terror and have total control over disciplinary system.

i. The power to blame white folks for every Ill.

I guess that's enough it goes on, and on, and on, and on, and on.

21 posted on 12/23/2002 2:56:19 PM PST by chachacha
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Maybe because of recent net wanderings I'm more despairing of most things political.

But I don't think the blacks in congress--perhaps even most of them in the country--are going to do anything very significant except to go on being manipulated like women and other minorities by the puppet masters behind the scenes.

It seems to be almost all over but the shouting.

The plans for the Iraq war really do seem to have been in place since 1970. I was hoping that was not really true.

North Korea is moving into place to be a major provocateur in the wind up to WWIII.

Brazil has gone more overtly commie. Venezuela is teetering maybe away but who knows.

Mexico is still a huge corrupt mess with Chinese using it along with many other channels to flood our country with able bodied, military aged men well able to use the many reported weapons caches. The piddling example case we caught in the past is but a drop in the bucket though the number of arms were signiciant in that haul. Plugging one hole in a sieve doesn't do much.

A few well placed quakes; Mt Rainier; Yellowstone; Three Sisters and/or other volcanoes could set things up nicely or complicate things nicely.

Add in a few nukes to LA, NYC, San Francisco, Houston, Chicago, DC, Seattle, Phoenix . . . the games could really begin.

Then if you throw in the claimed Russians, Germans and their sophisticated tanks and other arms reportedly seen in several places . . .

Throw in some serious unexpected biologicals and we could begin to look UP to FIND the deep doodoo.

RED DAWN would look like an easy Sunday Picnic.

When the saints, go marching in . . . Lord, I WANT TO BE IN THAT NUMBER . . .
22 posted on 12/23/2002 2:56:27 PM PST by Quix
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To: chachacha
Nicely done. Keep that handy.
23 posted on 12/23/2002 2:58:41 PM PST by Texas Eagle
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Bump
24 posted on 12/23/2002 3:02:56 PM PST by sushiman
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To: Bisesi
WHY COULDN'T WE DO A FREEPERS LAMPOON.

Come up with posters satirizing; lampooning and otherwise highlighting the extremely hideous hypocrisy of the left?

With the usual FREEPER creativity and cleverness, and resourcefulness, we SHOULD be able to have the whole country laughing its way to at least SOME enlightenment.

Alas, I fear Freepers have too many other personal irons in the fire. We won't take on any more significant projects until the next Presidential election . . . assuming there's going to be one.

Any other better ideas?

There's a list of spheres of rank hypocrisy. We AT LEAST NEED TO publically RUB SKULLERY'S POINTED NOSE IN HER OWN SH*T SO MUCH SHE WOULDN'T BE ABLE, MUCH LESS DREAM OF RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT!!!!

Her statements on Lott et al are beyond the pale--like every other aspect of the bw*tch.
25 posted on 12/23/2002 3:05:55 PM PST by Quix
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26 posted on 12/23/2002 3:07:33 PM PST by mhking
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To: Free the USA
Running the Liberal Hate Maze

Jesse Jackson: "Problem Profiteer"

27 posted on 12/23/2002 3:12:38 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Capitalism makes racism unprofitable for the racist: If a business refuses to buy from the best supplier simply because of race, that business suffers a terrible competitive disadvantage.

This often repeated statement is garbage: the conclusion follows only it the suppliers do not form a cartel. Until a few decades ago, American suppliers formed a cartel wherein blacks were not supplied with the same services as whites. No profit loss resulted from that behavior.

28 posted on 12/23/2002 3:47:13 PM PST by TopQuark
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To: Tailgunner Joe
If I am not mistaken the Congressional black caucus refused membership to a white congressman last fall or last summer.
29 posted on 12/23/2002 3:48:43 PM PST by chainsaw
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To: TopQuark
No profit loss resulted from that behavior.

Except for all the profit that could have been made providing blacks with those services.

30 posted on 12/23/2002 3:50:27 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
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31 posted on 12/23/2002 3:52:58 PM PST by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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32 posted on 12/23/2002 3:53:48 PM PST by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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To: Tailgunner Joe

RACIST'S

RACIST'S THAT PRACTICE COMMUNISIM


33 posted on 12/23/2002 3:58:06 PM PST by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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To: Tailgunner Joe
The racists say on their web page that they are the 'conscience of the congress.'
34 posted on 12/23/2002 4:03:12 PM PST by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Again not true: blacks did not have the purchasing power to buy them.

Ask yourself differently: segregation existed until mid-XX century; did we not have capitalism in this country?

Of course we did. But racism serves as a cartel. I could expand further by getting into more subtle cost counting. Consider, for instance, that admission of a black engineer, even if such were graduated in 1920, into a racist, all-white group would create a disruption and decrease productivity of that group. Not all additions of a member productive by himself make the group more productive.

The accounting done by the same simplistic minds that love to quote the seemingly only fact they have learned in Econ 101: monopoly is bad for consumer (they misunderstand that one also).

35 posted on 12/23/2002 4:03:21 PM PST by TopQuark
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To: Andyman
"Actually, I don't think the CBC is racist."

Oh yes they are!

36 posted on 12/23/2002 4:04:09 PM PST by Paulie
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To: TopQuark
blacks did not have the purchasing power to buy them.

What's your magical solution to solve this? The redistribution of wealth? Affirmative discrimination?

What 'services' are you talking about anyway? Black people did have money and private property during segregation, you know. Some of them were even rich.

37 posted on 12/23/2002 4:12:04 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Texas Eagle
..if Sharpton, Rangel, Clinton, et al, were confronted with this, they'd say blacks can't be racist because in order to be racist you have to have enough power to impose your racism on others.

And they would be dead wrong, as usual.

38 posted on 12/23/2002 4:31:25 PM PST by judgeandjury
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To: judgeandjury
And they would be dead wrong, as usual.

When has that ever stopped them from spouting off?

39 posted on 12/23/2002 4:34:49 PM PST by Texas Eagle
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To: Tailgunner Joe
You are mixing everything into one pile. Firstly, I pointed out that the above-given statement is not true.

Regarding teh rest:

What's your magical solution to solve this? The redistribution of wealth? Affirmative discrimination? Solve what? Segregation and racism?

Not everything can be solved by economic means. In this particular case, it is the overall sensibilities (hence economic preferences) of society that changed by 1960s. Private ownership of the means of production (capitalism) has nothing to do with that.

Black people did have money and private property during segregation, you know. Some of them were even rich.

Some were, of course. When you look at macro economic picture, you have to look at them as a group. As such they were extremely poor and are still more poor than whites.

40 posted on 12/23/2002 5:38:48 PM PST by TopQuark
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Why is the media silent on this issue? A Congressional White Caucus dedicated to advancing "white interests" wouldn't last 2 seconds before being obliterated by the nonstop media maelstrom.
41 posted on 12/23/2002 5:46:04 PM PST by Godel
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Two hundred years from now, no history textbook will mention the Trent Lott incident or even Trent Lott. But the textbooks will contain statements such as this: “Even as late as the 21st century, brazen racism was entrenched in American government. There was even a gang of Congressmen that called itself ‘The Congressional Black Caucus!’”

I doubt it. 200 years from now, whites will be a virtually extinct and hated/persecuted minority all over the world very much like the Jews. Programs like affirmative action will be seen as necessary to break the oppressive evil hold of white males on the government. Organizations like the Congressional Black Caucus will be seen as noble for standing up against the most evil group in history. Remember, history is written by the victors, the average white woman has only 1.4 children when you need 2.1 to break even. In 200 years whites will be a minority in both US and Europe and because of their disproportionate success in job/academic fields they will be hated and envied and laws will be passed to discriminate against and hold them back. Think about it, if whites can't get a fair shake on affirmative action, etc today, how the hell can you expect it in 200 years when you're a minority?

42 posted on 12/23/2002 5:52:36 PM PST by Godel
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To: TopQuark
When you look at macro economic picture, you have to look at them as a group.

This is exactly the collectivist racist reasoning that this article is about.

43 posted on 12/23/2002 5:54:19 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
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To: TopQuark
Anyone who restricts their own market on racial grounds is restricting their own potential profits.
44 posted on 12/23/2002 5:56:17 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe
You should not accuse people of racism so lightly: it's an insult and a sin when you have no reasons whatever for such an opinion.

Note also that you provide no reasoning in your posts. I tried to explain to you the errors. Like child, you merely repeat yourself. I am not interested in such exchange.

Have a merry Christmas.

45 posted on 12/23/2002 6:02:08 PM PST by TopQuark
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To: TopQuark
You claimed that racist restrictions on free enterprise do not cause competitive disadvantage. That is patently false. All resrictions on free enterprise cause competitive disadvantage to those who are restricted. I challenge you to refute this.

Your argument that blacks had no way to purchase any theoretical 'services' is also patently false.

The fact that blacks as a collective have less than whites is irrelevant to the workings of an open free enterprise system. Individuals are free to purchase whatever they can afford. Their race is irrelevant.

46 posted on 12/23/2002 6:14:23 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe
GO buy a book, Joe.
47 posted on 12/23/2002 6:27:35 PM PST by TopQuark
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To: TopQuark
Not all additions of a member productive by himself make the group more productive.

Is an individual unable to be productive because the majority of his collective race is unproductive?

Free Enterprise is a system of individual well-being. It is Socialism that is concerned with the collective well-being of groups, whether they be racial or socio-economic.

48 posted on 12/23/2002 6:34:10 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Andyman
Actually, I don't think the CBC is racist.

The CBC gives new meaning to the word "racist."

49 posted on 12/23/2002 6:38:22 PM PST by leadpenny
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Bookmarked.
50 posted on 12/23/2002 6:38:56 PM PST by leadpenny
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