KC Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, has been served a “sugar-coated Satan sandwich” (now with Demon Drink!) by Allen West in the form of a letter of condemnation over CBC members stepping way over the line at recent events:
Rep. Allen West, the only Republican member of the Congressional Black Caucus, threatened Wednesday to quit the group over what he called “racially motivated rhetoric” by fellow caucus members aimed at the tea party.
[…] In a letter to CBC Chairman Emanuel Cleaver, West scolded his colleagues and called on Cleaver to “both condemn these types of hate-filled comments, and to disassociate the Congressional Black Caucus from these types of remarks.”
“Otherwise, I will have to seriously reconsider my membership within the organization,” West wrote.
First came the always-nutty Maxine Waters waxing poetic about the Tea Party in general:
[West] took issue with that comment and with remarks made by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) who recently said at an event in Inglewood, Calif., that “the tea party can go straight to hell.”
And then there was racism run amok when Andre Carson took the stage in West’s home state of Florida:
At a recent Congressional Black Caucus event in Miami, Rep. Andre Carson, a Democrat from Indiana, was videotaped telling the audience that, “some of them in Congress right now of this tea party movement would love to see you and me… hanging on a tree.”
[…] At the Miami event, Carson suggested that the tea party aims to return to the days of segregation.
“This is the effort that we’re seeing of Jim Crow,” he said. “Some of these folks in Congress right now would love to see us as second-class citizens.”
Maxine Waters is inflammatory every time she opens her mouth, but the comments by Andre Carson are not just surprising because of his emergence on the national scene of Tea Party bashing, but because of the violent imagery and pure racism his comments inject into the debate in the form of Jim Crow and lynch mobs.
“Congressman Carson’s desire to generally criticize a large grass-roots 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.”
And if you won’t take my word, or Allen West’s, that this is over-the-line and flat-out racist rhetoric, just ask the hard-left political writer over at BET, who embraced the truth of the situation, writing:
[H]aving to agree with West about anything is difficult for me, but he’s completely in the right on this one… there’s a big difference between different views and wanting to violently lynch African-Americans… You can’t ask Tea Partiers to stop calling the president a Muslim and then turn around and call Tea Partiers a bunch of Klan members. Civility only works when it’s shared back and forth. Otherwise you’ve got hypocrisy all around.
Well played. Sadly Allen West won’t be getting any kind of response soon as the CBC has issued a response saying they’re declining to issue a response. (Try figuring that one out.)
Not that anyone should be surprised… Emanuel Cleaver is spineless and if the CBC admitted that racism cuts both ways they’d be out of talking points by the weekend.
Here’s hoping Allen West walks.