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Tancredo: Abolish black, Hispanic caucuses
Calls Congress hypocritical for sanctioning caucuses based solely on race
Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., thinks Congress should lead by example and end "divisive, race-based caucuses."



Updated: 1 hour, 52 minutes ago
WASHINGTON - White House hopeful Tom Tancredo said Thursday the existence of the Congressional Black Caucus and other race-based groups of lawmakers amounts to segregation and should be abolished.

"It is utterly hypocritical for Congress to extol the virtues of a colorblind society while officially sanctioning caucuses that are based solely on race," said the Colorado Republican, who is most widely known as a vocal critic of illegal immigration.

"If we are serious about achieving the goal of a colorblind society, Congress should lead by example and end these divisive, race-based caucuses," said Tancredo, who is scheduled pitch his longshot presidential bid this weekend in New Hampshire.

Tancredo's request, relayed in a letter to Administration Committee Chairwoman Juanita Millender-McDonald, D-Calif., revived his effort to change House rules to abolish the groups. Besides the Congressional Black Caucus, Democrats also have a Hispanic caucus with 21 members, and Republicans have a comparable Hispanic conference with five full members and 11 "associate" members who are not Hispanic.

The Rep. Cohen rumor
The request comes in the wake of reports that freshman Rep. Stephen Cohen, D-Tenn., was refused admission to the Congressional Black Caucus because he is white. All 43 members of the caucus are black.

Cohen said in a statement that he told a reporter that he would be honored to join the caucus but did not apply, "nor has the CBC denied membership to me."

The political Web site Politico.com, which first reported the issue, quoted Rep. William Clay, Jr., D-Mo., as saying the black membership in his group is "an unwritten rule."

Tancredo is chairman of the Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus, which seeks to toughen border security to stem illegal immigration from Mexico. He also opposes guest worker programs and immigration proposals by President Bush, saying they would facilitate more foreigners coming to the United States illegally.

He won re-election in November from voters in his south-Denver district with 59 percent of the vote.

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kstone20059
Jan. 25th, 2007 10:40 pm (UTC)
David Duke? Is that you??
misslaura
Jan. 25th, 2007 10:47 pm (UTC)
This guy is a racist
I don't know how he's able to say in office.

http://www.coloradoconfidential.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=917
senatr7
Jan. 25th, 2007 10:45 pm (UTC)
I think the Black Caucus is stupid for barring people who represent majority black districts. They won't get shut down, but they leave themselves open to this sort of criticism.

And all sorts of losers run for President, so that's no big story.
bpthought
Jan. 25th, 2007 10:45 pm (UTC)
the man wanted to join the CBC?
littledrummrboy
Jan. 25th, 2007 11:02 pm (UTC)
"It is utterly hypocritical for Congress to extol the virtues of a colorblind society while officially sanctioning caucuses that are based solely on race," said the Colorado Republican, who is most widely known as a vocal critic of illegal immigration.

When did Congress "extol the virtues of a colorblind society" exactly?
delux_vivens
Jan. 25th, 2007 11:31 pm (UTC)
i was wondering when that memo went out myself.
panama777
Jan. 25th, 2007 11:41 pm (UTC)
Another whiny power hungry Repub trying to turn our positive into a negative and acting like it's in the name of integration and diversity and running for Pres.... What else is new?
gal_montag
Jan. 26th, 2007 03:30 am (UTC)
It was only a matter of time with this guy. I'm really less than suprised.
yobachi2003
Jan. 26th, 2007 04:11 pm (UTC)
This again - it's like an annual thing now.

They might as well put it on the Congressional Calender:

January 17th - Swear in New Congress
January 24th - State of the Union Address
january 25th - Disgruntaled racist crackas annual attempt to abolish black and brown caucuses for the undermining of minority voices
youngcaesar
Jan. 27th, 2007 04:51 am (UTC)
My friend started a pretty entertaining facebook group: http://ucsd.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2232741867&ref=nf

I wonder how many people in Congress actually say they're tryna promote colorblindness, cuz that just has NO legitimacy in terms of congruence.
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