By: Trevor Loudon
The Congressional Black Caucus has been touring the country in recent weeks, attacking the “Tea Party,” rallying black people behind Barack Obama and agitating for socialist public job creation schemes.
The CBC overlaps considerably with the Congressional Progressive Caucus and is , if that is possible, even more socialist in its outlook.
Manning Marable, a leader of both Democratic Socialists of America and the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, wrote in 2003:
That the Congressional Black Caucus is the most progressive organized formation in national politics is not an accident. The CBC’s politics are what they are because of the base they reflect.
To the degree this base socially fragments and deteriorates and becomes splintered from the broad progressive movement is the degree to which the entire progressive movement is weakened.
Writing in Granma April 7 2009, Fidel Castro in The seven Congress members who are visiting us gave a history of the CBC and its relations with Cuba:
An important US political delegation is visiting us right now. Its members belong to the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) which, in practice, has functioned as the most progressive wing of the Democratic Party.
The Congressional Black Caucus was founded in January 1969 by the 12 African-American legislators who were members of the U.S. Congress at that moment. During the first 50 years of the 20th century only four African Americans were elected to Congress.
Presently, as a result of the struggles they have waged, the CBC has 42 members. Several of its representatives have maintained very active and constructive positions on Cuba-related topics.
The almost lone exception to CBC’s socialism has been Florida freshman Allen West, the caucus’ only Republican.
Now after some particularly egregious remarks from the likes of Indiana’s Andre Carson, Congressman West is seriously reviewing his CBC membership.
This shouldn’t be a hard decision Lt. Colonel West.