My alternate headline was “Millionaire Black Power Brokers Possible Victims of White Industrial Hate Machine” but I thought I’d throw out a homage to J.C. Watts. Watts was the only black member of Congress not the join the Congressional Black Caucus and called the Marxist group “race-hustling poverty pimps” after they called him a sell-out and an Uncle Tom.
Watts was right.
The group is now claiming that race is a factor in the investigations of ethics violations and black members are being singled out:
The question of whether black lawmakers are now being singled out for scrutiny has been simmering throughout the 111th Congress, with the Office of Congressional Ethics a focal point of the concerns. At one point earlier this year, all eight lawmakers under formal investigation by the House ethics committee, including Rangel and Waters, were black Democrats. All those investigations originated with the OCE, which can make recommendations – but take no final actions – on such cases.
There’s a “dual standard, one for most members and one for African-Americans,” said one member of the Congressional Black Caucus, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The member said it’s too easy for an outside group to damage someone’s reputation by filing a claim with OCE.
“This is stacked against you once an accusation is made,” the lawmaker added. “You’re guilty until proven otherwise.”
Really? Well, who turned in Charlie Rangel, a co-founder of the Congressional Black Caucus and one of two black Congressmen facing an ethics trial? What “outside group” is trying to damage his rep?
Rangel made his own referral to the ethics committee after news reports in 2008 that he improperly controlled four rent-stabilized units in a luxury Harlem building and had used official congressional letterhead to mail donor solicitations for the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service at the City College of New York.
So according to this annonymous source, Rangel is showing racial bias by referring a black man to the ethics committee, regardless of the fact the black man being discriminated against is him.
The only surprising thing is that it took this long for the CBC to drop the race card. After all, this is the group that claimed race was behind the ousting of Rep. William “Cold Cash” Jefferson.
This is a group that feels it can do whatever it wants and knows that when push comes to shove, they have the ultimate game changer: