Bashed as a racist, President Donald Trump wants to meet with a group that practices its own form of racism while also praising rulers whose prisons overwhelmingly house blacks.
During a White press conference on Thursday, Trump responded to a question from African American reporter April Ryan about setting up a meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus.
“I would,” Trump replied. “I’ll tell you what, do you want to set up the meeting? Are they friends of yours?”
Immediately afterward, the mainstream media kicked in, labeling Trump’s assumption that Ryan knew CBC members with their favorite charge: racism.
Never mind that today Trump himself is trying to set up a meeting with the CBC.
By doing so, Trump is being extremely generous for the Caucus is decidedly racist.
To begin with only African-Americans are allowed in. When white politicians have tried to join, they have been rebuffed. A case in point concerned Tennessee Congressman Steve Cohen, who mistakenly believed he should actually represent the 60% black citizens in his district by joining the Caucus.
His membership was immediately denied, and to their credit, the CBC was upfront about the racist reasons.
“Mr. Cohen asked for admission, and he got his answer,” said William Lacy Clay, Jr., a Missouri Democratic Congressman and Caucus member. “He’s white and the caucus is black. It’s time to move on.”
Like a good liberal, Cohen masochistically defended the frankly racist rejection. He described his attempt to fulfill his duties as a representative of all people as “a social faux pas.”
The Caucus is also notoriously anti-police, even though many African-Americans walk the beat.
Congressman Lacy Clay recently hung a painting of cops as pigs racially harassing and shooting African-Americans in the Capitol for all to see. Congressman and military veteran of the Iraq war Duncan Hunter took the painting down as an example of reverse racism.
However, members of the CBC re-hung the painting, asserting that they were doing so as gesture of defending the Constitution and free speech.
The Caucus issued the following statement after re-hanging the picture:
“The rehanging of this painting for public view represents more than just protecting the rights of a student artist, it is a proud statement in defense of the 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which guarantees freedom of expression to every American.”
Members had no reply to a tweet from an outraged citizen who wrote that the picture was an insult to African-American police officers, especially to the family members of police killed in the line of duty.
Referring to an Orlando police officer killed while performing her duty, the tweeter wrote, “I am sure Master Sgt. Debra Clayton’s family & OPD is thankful that the Black Caucus fought so hard in defending a stupid painting.”
But the CBC does defend the police if they are of the secret police kind wielded by communist dictators.
In a 2009 pilgrimage to communist Cuba, CBC members gushed about meeting Fidel Castro who has instituted pogroms against people of color in his country.
More starstruck rock groupie than congresswoman, Democratic Representative Laura Richardson gushed, “He looked directly into my eyes.”
This hyperventilation was shared by male Caucus members as well.
“He’s one of the most amazing human beings I’ve ever met!” orgasmically proclaimed Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo)
Representative Barbara Lee was equally worshipful, stating of her meeting with the dictator, “It was quite a moment to behold! Fidel Castro was very engaging and very energetic.”
Lee was more right than she knew, or cared to know, for the late Fidel Castro was very energetic when it came to imprisoning black citizens. At the time of their meeting, 2009, black Cubans made up 90% of the prison population in Castro’s Gulag. While the CBC was swooning over Castro, a black Cuban who dared to speak out against the regime–remember the free speech arguments for hanging the anti-police painting in the Capitol by the CBC–was engaging in a hunger strike against the dictatorship from a cell he had spent 17 years in.
It must be said, however, that the CBC has criticized black politicians, even a black president, in the past. The CBC criticized President Obama for failing to do anything about the high rate of black unemployment.
Representative Maxine Waters chastised the nation’s first African-American president for allowing “an unconscionable” unemployment rate in the black community. Representative John Conyers even urged African-Americans to assemble in a protest in front of the White House over their plight.
But black criticism of Trump, whether through boycotting the inauguration or denouncing him on the floor of Congress, comes across as merely one more instance of knee-jerk liberalism. On the hustings, Trump specifically criticized Obama’s economic policies as hurting the black community (black unemployment under Obama was a staggering 17%). By contrast, Trump wants to focus on creating the same kind of economic base in the inner cities that Waters and her co-thinkers faulted their president for not trying to achieve.
Once upon a time black Republicans like Booker T. Washington asserted that African-Americans should focus on self-help and using capitalism as the best means to achieve not only economic power but also political. And this view was once expressed, by of all people, Jesse Jackson who stated that there was no “capital” in capitalism for struggling black communities. The Black Caucus has even made the same kind of arguments in the past.
But these arguments stop short if it means embracing free market Republicans by the Democratic-dominated Caucus (in its 45 year history, only 4 Republicans have been members). By rejecting Trump, they are exhibiting the same kind of liberal blinders that kept them from recognizing a true oppressor of their black comrades in Cuba.