Congressman-elect Allen West (R-Fla.), who said he plans to become the only black Republican in the Congressional Black Caucus, accused the organization of failing the black community by promoting dependence on government welfare programs.I probably need to watch that video again. He did note that no prominent Black came to his defense when he was the subject of racist attacks during the course of his campaign. Yet John Lewis mentioned that Charles Rangel was down for the struggle four years ago in Selma, Alabama. Almost as if that absolves him of those ethics lapses that he was convicted of this past week.
"The Congressional Black Caucus cannot continue to be a monolithic voice that promotes these liberal social welfare policies and programs that are failing in the Black community, that are preaching victimization and dependency, that's not the way that we should go," West said on Fox News Friday. "And those are not the types of principles that my mother and father raised me with in the inner city of Atlanta, Georgia."
"I think it's important that we have varying perspectives and insights that can challenge in the Congressional Black Caucus, and I think it will make things better for the Black community as we go forth in the 21st century," he said.
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