… it just depends on who’s doing it:
There could be another clash in the offing about who should be able to join the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC).
Cao, the first Vietnamese-American elected to Congress, told his hometown paper, the Times-Picayune of New Orleans, that he’s interested in joining the CBC. He also said he’s seeking a seat on the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Appropriations Committee.
And though Cao is a minority from a minority district (his district is 64 percent African-American, and 3 percent Asian), the CBC has never admitted a non-black member.
It’s true. Even a super-liberal was excluded solely on his race:
Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) learned that after he was elected to succeed Rep. Harold Ford Jr. (D) in a majority-black district in 2006. Cohen talked about trying to join the caucus but backed off when leaders made it clear he wouldn’t be allowed to join.
This powerful caucus discriminated against a Jew, and they’re about to discriminate against an Asian — just because — they’re different. Right here in America. And obviously, no one’s going to condemn their actions, because, well — that’s just the way it is. Cue Bruce Hornsby:
They say hey, little boy, you can’t go where the others go,
‘Cause you don’t look like they do.
Said, hey, old man how can you stand to think that way,
Did you really think about it before you made the rules?
He said, Son,
That’s just the way it is.
Some things will never change.