I was surprised to hear the other day that the Congressional Black Caucus does not plan to admit non-African Americans to their ranks. I hope I’m wrong in what I heard.

As an African-American I can’t understand why a caucus dedicated to advancing the goals and aspirations of people of color wouldn’t welcome Members from across the political and racial spectrum. This seems wrong to me and far afield from Dr Martin Luther King’s dream to judge people by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin.

I am friendly with several Members of the Congressional Black Caucus and I plan on challenging them to explain why enlisting the support of non-Black Members of Congress is not permitted in the CBC. I’ll be back in a future post with what I’ve discovered.