| Humor |

Allen West Is Now Calling Congressional Black Caucus Members Racist

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of South Florida and help keep the future of New Times free.

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

Follow The Pulp on Facebook and on Twitter: @ThePulpBPB. Follow Matthew Hendley on Facebook.

Keep New Times Broward-Palm Beach Free... Since we started New Times Broward-Palm Beach, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of South Florida, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering South Florida with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in South Florida.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in South Florida.