Congressional Black Caucus vows to remain racially segregated

The fondest dreams of identity politics come magically true as a Caucus formed in 1969 by black representatives to address racism, disenfranchisement, and other “legislative concerns of black and minority citizens” refuses to admit the newly elected congressman from a district where blacks comprise a near-supermajority on account of his race, thereby disenfranchising his constituents.

It’s their own fault, I guess. If they’d elected a black Democrat like they were supposed to, this never would have happened.

Cohen said he became convinced that joining the caucus would be “a social faux pas” after seeing news reports that former Rep. William Lacy Clay Sr., D-Mo., a co-founder of the caucus, had circulated a memo telling members it was “critical” that the group remain “exclusively African-American.”…

“Mr. Cohen asked for admission, and he got his answer. … It’s time to move on,” the younger Clay said. “It’s an unwritten rule. It’s understood. It’s clear.”…

Rep. Pete Stark, D-Calif., who is white, tried in 1975 when he was a sophomore representative and the group was only 6 years old.

“Half my Democratic constituents were African-American. I felt we had interests in common as far as helping people in poverty,” Stark said. “They had a vote, and I lost. They said the issue was that I was white, and they felt it was important that the group be limited to African-Americans.”…

Cohen won his seat in the 60 percent black district as the only white candidate in a crowded primary field. If he faces a primary challenge next year from a black candidate, as expected, some Black Caucus members may work to defeat him.

Say, I wonder what America’s savior and the new head of the DLC think about this.

Update: The Think: “It’s not often that you’ll see me saying the following words, but I’ve got to say folks, my black racism radar just went way off the charts.”