Rep. Allen West, the self-proclaimed "modern-day Harriet Tubman," sent a letter to Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Emanuel Cleaver yesterday, accusing other caucus members of being racist.
In reference to Rep. Andre Carson -- who said some Tea Party members would like to see black people "hanging on a tree" -- West says, "When individuals believe they are defeated in a political disagreement, they normally resort to race-baiting, which in my opinion is in itself racist."
West fails to mention how he said Rep. Maxine Waters, also a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, was an "overseer" of the "21st century plantation."
West also said that although there may be some racists in the Tea Party, they're not really Tea Partiers.
"Tea Party leaders have condemned the few racist statements made by those who claim to be Tea Party activists in the past, and Tea Party Leaders will continue to condemn those rare acts in the future."
West is still threatening to leave the caucus and says he wants everyone else in the caucus to stop using "racially-motivated rhetoric."
This is coming from a man who says he's Harriet Tubman -- in the year 2011 -- saving black people from the "plantation" and its overseers.
"As a member of the CBC, I look forward to working with you to help end this practice," West says. "All of us, especially Congressman Carson, Congressman Waters and others who have engaged in racially-motivated rhetoric, should follow the example of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., not the example of Reverend Jeremiah Wright."
Check out the letter in its entirety below:
Allen West Cleaver Letter
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