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West Considering Leaving Black Caucus Over Attacks on Tea Party

4:12 PM, Aug 31, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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Earlier this month, California Rep. Maxine Waters said the Tea Party "can go straight to hell." The next day, Rep. Andre Carson of Indiana, speaking at a convention in South Florida, told attendees that some Tea Party-supported Republicans in Congress want to see blacks "hanging on a tree."

The video of Carson's comment is now circulating the Internet, drawing a response from Rep. Allen West of Florida. The only Republican member of the Congressional Black Caucus, West has written a letter to CBC chairman Emanuel Cleaver asking the Missouri Democrat to condemn these statements from caucus members Waters and Carson.

West, who reiterated on Fox News this morning that he is considering leaving the CBC, writes in his letter that it appears to him the CBC's strategy is to "demonize the Tea Party." He continues:

As Chairman of the CBC, I believe it is incumbent on you to both condemn these types of hate-filled comments, and to disassociate the Congressional Black Caucus from these types of remarks. Otherwise I will have to seriously reconsider my membership within the organization.

As we prepare to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. over the coming weeks, with a new Memorial on the National Mall, it is important that we, as Representatives to the United States Congress -- Representatives for all of our constituents --live by what Dr. King taught and ultimately gave his life for -- that "people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."

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