LOS ANGELES, Nov. 10 /Christian Newswire/
-- Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, Founder and President of BOND Action, is
encouraging the two newly-elected Republican members of Congress to
forgo seeking membership to the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). Rep.
Allen West (R-Fla.) has stated that he plans to join the group in order
to make sure that black conservatives are heard, while Rep. Tim Scott
(R-SC) has said that he's leaning against joining. The CBC has been in
existence for 40 years and several of their members are currently being
investigated for ethics violations. They have a history of being hostile
towards black Republicans and have been criticized for outright
rejecting white applicants.
"Rep. Allen West and Rep. Tim Scott have more character and honor
than the 42 black Democrat members of the CBC combined," said Rev.
Peterson. "The CBC is a racist and corrupt organization. Two of their
senior members, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and Rep. Charles Rangel
(D-NY), will be on trial over ethics charges this month. I encourage
these newly elected black Republicans to shun this useless group and
reject 40 years of divisive racial politics."
In the past, the CBC has denied admission to two white Congressmen
who represent black constituencies. Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.) and Rep.
Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) were refused membership because the CBC leadership
wanted the group to remain "exclusively black." Rep. J.C. Watts
(R-Okla.) refused to join because of their close affiliation with the
Democratic Party. He reported that the group accused him of being an
"Members of Congress are elected to represent their districts, not
their race. The CBC is all about promoting the Democratic Party and
group thinking over the interests of their constituents. Rep. West and
Rep. Scott are patriots who will help unify this nation, but their
message is at odds with that of the CBC," said Rev. Peterson.