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Allen West: Staying with the Congressional Black Caucus

Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation, said in a statement on his Facebook page that he'll remain as a member of the Congressional Black Caucus. He had threatened to step down from the largely Democratic group after one of its members, Rep. Andre Carson, D-Ind., criticized the Tea Party at a town hall in Miami, where he suggested some of its members would like to see African-Americans "hanging on a tree." 

West said he met with the caucus's chairman, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., to express "my condemnation of recent comments from fellow CBC members, especially Rep. Andre Carson," he said.

"Cowards run from challenges, while warriors run to the sound of battle," West said. "I will not be resigning from the Congressional Black Caucus. Constitutional Conservatism is now and will in the future be a part of the Congressional Black Caucus." 

"There may be those who criticize my decision but consider if Henry O. Flipper or the Tuskegee Airmen had taken the easy out over the hard in," he adde. "Those men are part of my legacy as a career military office, a proud legacy."

West also said he and Cleaver would be "issuing a joint statement on policies to rectify the disastrous unemployment statistics in the black community."

West, elected in 2010 with Tea Party support, is one of just two black Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

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Very few watched. Won't make a difference. Last ditch effort to save his own ass, no matter how much Caputo's leg tingles.

kenny

Allen West has no Place in the CBC. He is not a Black Man, infact he is a disgrace to ALL Black people in America. He is a proud member of an organization (the tea party) that wants Slavery Removed from School Textbooks, because it makes our white founding fathers look bad. Nevermind the SLAVES. What a Shameless Disgrace

Barbara Spraggins

I must say that I agree with Kenny. My concern is what is the Congressional Black Caucus all about. It is clear that the Tea Party is not interested in the welfare of minorities. I am also concerned about the fact that I see none of the Democratic Party out on the ground ensuring that minorities are being registered to vote, especially in those states which have already initiated voter ID laws. I am sure that some of your seats may be coming up in the next election. Your inaction is what got us in this position in the first place. Do not be quick to think that minorities will vote for the Democratic Party. If history has taught you nothing else, it should have taught you that when minorities are feeling ignored by politicians,they simply will not come out to vote. This is why we are in the mess that we are in today, your inaction and the Tea Party's mobilization. If you want to retain your seats, you, yourselves need to be out here on the ground talking to your constituents, letting us know what your plans are for the future and this party. What are you waiting for, November 2012? In terms of any Black belonging to the Tea Party, just like Michael Steele, we will wait to see what tune you are singing when you are thrown out. The Tea Party is a White man's club, and Blacks are only useful for a little while. There was a report that Chief Justice Clarence Thomas was at a secret meeting hosted by the Koch Brothers. How warped could some Black folks' thinking be? Do they really think that there will be a place in this party for them? My issue is that I want to see more pro-active participation from our Democratic Senators and Congress people. What happened to the spirit of the Democratic party? You cannot expect your constituents to fight, if you are not leading by example. For instance, I just heard on the radio during the Tom Joyner morning show that there is 1 billion dollars controlled by HUD which will enable homeowners to borrow to save their homes as long as they have lost income through no fault of their own. Considering the fact that the Black community has lost about 51 percent of its' wealth during this recession, did it not occur to any of you that this information should have been passed on to your constituents? Rep Fattah talked about this, however this program ends tomorrow. When did any of you get off of your behinds to let the public know that these monies were there? I consider myself politically in tuned and this is the first time that I have heard of this program. In the Black community, our wealth is our homes. What is wrong with you? I am sending this message as a wake up call, you have to do better, unless you don't give a damn. I would like to commend the Congressional Black Caucus on the jobs fairs in the five states. We need to have more. However, I am willing to help win this fight in November, but I will not be fighting for someone whom is not fighting for themselves. We need to see you, our Democratic leaders with your feet on the ground, out among your constituents, not propped up on a desk. You might not have that desk for long, don't take anything for granted.

Don American

Most of the comments here about Allen West are negative. Maybe it's because he believes all races should pull themselves up by the bootstraps instead of depending on welfare? Maybe he's a reverse racist because he stands on his Conservative principles? Many blacks say white and Conservatives are racist, but who has: the bet network, the congressional black caucus, the naacp, - need I go on? A very wise man once said, "Let me take the speck out of your eye, when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?"

Stephen

Congressman West is a very good representative of the American people and is a shining star in the Congressional Black Caucus. I support him and others who stand for American values and the US Constitution that has guided our constitutional republic from it's founding. All Americans need to support Mr. West and the Tea Party for positive change.

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