Congressional Black Caucus Set to #RootOutRacism in Trump White House

Congressional Black Caucus Set to #RootOutRacism in Trump White House


Pledging to “revisit” the debate around impeachment when Congress returns after Labor Day and announcing a new campaign to #RootOutRacism in the White House, members of the Congressional Black Caucus spoke to reporters on a August 21 conference call on those issues.

Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cedric Richmond (D-La.) promised a “robust discussion” about impeachment by the CBC when Congress returns on September 5. The House has been out of session since July 28 on the annual five week August recess.

With 441 days to the midterm election of 2018, the CBC reaffirmed a position against the Trump Administration that would indicate that not much will change until Democrats are able to win a majority in the House or Senate.  But the CBC Chair repeated that the focus will continue to be on policy that impacts African Americans rather than spectacle that fills hours of news.

In response to President Trump’s recent August 15 equivocations and explain aways regarding  rally of KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va., the Black Caucus has reaffirmed a hard stance against the Trump Administration that had already been hardened weeks ago when the CBC declined an invitation to meet with Trump. A anti-racism counter protester, Heather Heyer, was murdered in Charlottesville by a white supremacist on August

“Things will always reveal themselves if they give people time to do it,” said CBC Chairman Cedric Richmond (D-La.) regarding President Trump. Richmond mentioned that members of the CBC held a recent conference call and that civil disobedience had not been ruled out as they confront Trump’s policies.

“We’ve come to the conclusion we are in a sad and shameful place,” Richmond told reporters  He then pointed to Trump advisors Sebastian Gorka and Stephen Miller by name as two members of the Administration who in his view should not continue to work at the White House because of their white supremacist views. 

“The people who work in the White House should not be white nationalists or white supremacists,” added Richmond. “This country is having a crisis of leadership.

In a June 9 invitation, Trump had requested that all of the members of the Black Caucus meet with him on a quarterly basis. On June 21 the CBC declined any further meetings with the President. Members of the five person CBC Board met with President Trump and Vice President Pence on March 22.

The House returns to session the day after Labor Day. 

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Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is a writer, comms strategist and political analyst. She created Crewof42, a blog focused on African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke also writes for NBC BLK, The Root, NNPA and is the Managing Editor of Politic365. As part of a diverse career in politics and media, she has served as a congressional staffer for the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee, Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) and Director of Communications for Justin Fairfax for Lt. Governor of Virginia. From 2014 to 2017, Ms. Burke appeared each Monday on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin on TVOne. Ms. Burke holds a B.A. in History from The American University. She was born and raised in New York. Email: Twitter: @LVBurke. IG: @laurenvburke. Periscope: @LVBurke