What we have here is a racist group hurling false accusations of racism at a group that is in no way racist. But since it is an axiom of the Left that blacks cannot be racist — because whites are the authors of racism and because racism is only possible when practiced by the racial group in power — few call the CBC what it is.
Fourth, when you are used to getting away with taking immoral positions, you feel free to continue doing so. In 2009, seven members of the CBC visited Fidel Castro. Not only were they full of praise for the tyrant — in that regard they were hardly alone on the Left — they refused to meet with any democratic dissidents, including Cuba’s leading black dissident.
As a Washington Post
editorial noted at the time:
In five days on the island the [CBC] Congress members found no time for dialogue with Afro-Cuban dissident Jorge Luis Garcia Perez. . . . Mr. Garcia, better known as “Antunez,” is a renowned advocate of human rights who has often been singled out for harsh treatment because of his color. “The authorities in my country,” he has said, “have never tolerated that a black person (could dare to) oppose the regime.” His wife, Iris, is a founder of the Rosa Parks Women’s Civil Rights Movement, named after an American hero whom Afro-Cubans try to emulate.
As the snub of Cuba’s leading black freedom fighters demonstrated, for the Congressional Black Caucus, in a conflict between helping the Left and helping blacks, the CBC helps the Left.
On its website, the Congressional Black Caucus calls itself “the conscience of the Congress since 1971.” Its members probably believe that. But it has as much truth as Congressman Carson’s accusation.
— Dennis Prager is a nationally syndicated radio talk-show host and columnist. He may be contacted through his website, dennisprager.com.