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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

CBC: Whites need not apply.

As a white liberal running in a majority African American district, Tennessee Democrat Stephen I. Cohen made a novel pledge on the campaign trail last year: If elected, he would seek to become the first white member of the Congressional Black Caucus. Now that he's a freshman in Congress, Cohen has changed his plans. He said he has dropped his bid after several current and former caucus members made it clear to him that whites need not apply.
I do not know about you, but it seems to me rather silly, counter-intuitive, and counterproductive (and racist?) for the CBC to tell Rep. Cohen that he need not apply. Afterall, during the Civil Rights Movement it took Blacks and Whites to work together to accomplish all the great things that some of us take for granted today. Even the NAACP has many White members and in Warren County, for instance, the Past President of the local chapter is White!

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