Rep. Steven Horsford (D-Nev.)Greg Nash

Rep. Steven Horsford (D-Nev.) addresses reporters during a press conference on Thursday, July 27, 2023 to discuss the state of race and democracy in America with members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Black Americans are under attack, members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) said Thursday, arguing that a slew of efforts from Republicans across the country are an assault on their rights.

“Black people are under attack in America, but we are not victims and we are not powerless,” CBC Chairman and Rep. Steven Horsford (D-Nev.) said at a Thursday press event from the Capitol.

“Our fundamental rights are under assault and our very history is being denied. But we will not stand by quietly as it happens. We will never give up when so many people are counting on us to fight for them.”

In the last month, the GOP-led state Legislature in Alabama defied a Supreme Court order to create a second majority-Black district, as did the Legislature in Louisiana. In Florida, new education guidelines have been approved by the state Board of Education that require students be told of the benefits people earned because of skills learned as slaves.

Rep. Maxwell Frost (D-Fla.), the youngest elected member of the House, blasted his home state for the guidelines. 

“We have a far-right governor and Legislature that literally wants to erase us,” he said. “The goal is to condition this generation to white supremacy, because they see this generation is pushing against this far right-wing fascist ideology.

“We want our freedoms. We want our people to be safe. And so seeing that as an existential threat to the Republican Party, they aim to change the way a generation thinks by changing what we teach them. But little do they know, not only will it not work, it’ll piss us off and move young people to go and organize.”

Beyond the steps taken by various state governments, Black members of Congress have also been outraged in recent weeks by statements from GOP colleagues at the Capitol.

Rep. Eli Crane (R-Ariz.) referred to Black people as “colored people” on the House floor during a recent debate, just days after Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) defended his statement that white nationalists are not racist.

Horsford said he doesn’t “expect much” from Republican leaders at this point, but Rep. Troy Carter (D-La.) said it is time for the party’s leaders to take a stand. 

“When you hear something as egregious and so patently wrong, you would expect Republicans, Democrats and others to stand up and denounce such lunacy, but their silence is deafening,” said Carter. “As members of the Congressional Black Caucus … we will not condone the erasing of history. African Americans and slavery today, Holocaust and our friends in the Jewish community tomorrow. When will it stop?” 

Rep. Troy Carter (D-La.)

“I call out for all people to stand up against this,” Carter said. “Not just Black people, but everyone. Because what we expect from Kevin McCarthy and other leaders, particularly those who would attempt to ascend to the highest office of the land, stand up. Stand against bigotry. Stand against racism, stand against hate, stand against xenophobia. Stand up for what’s right, not for what’s politically expedient.” 

The CBC has issued a list of demands, which include asking the Department of Justice and the Department of Education to investigate education policies.

Members of the CBC met with Education Secretary Miguel Cardona on Wednesday to discuss Black history policies. The caucus also issued formal letters to Cardona and Attorney General Merrick Garland and has met with the White House on the need for a “very aggressive legal strategy.”

“Let me be clear: Black people did not benefit from slavery,” said Horsford. “We built this country! Our literal blood, sweat and tears were squeezed out of our souls to build roads and bridges, construct beautiful mansions and government buildings, including this very Capitol and the White House. When you lift up Black people or Black America, you lift up everybody. We will not allow this ban on Black to endure.”


2 thoughts on “Black Americans are under attack, say members of CBC”
  1. LBRC- Oh No!!! WTF, “F” as in Fun, right? Let’s get this straight aka #45’s “Free Speech” vs Kai Cenat?
    1. Live streamer Kai Cenat, faces multiple charges after chaos erupts at a giveaway authorities knew about in advance, because Kai announced it “Publicly”!
    2. Police totally knew about this event. They totally underestimated the size of the crowd. “NEW YORK – Chaos erupted Friday afternoon after a large crowd gathered at Manhattan’s Union Square Park for live streamer Kai Cenat’s meet-and-greet and giveaway”. (btw- Notice the article mentions “chaos”, not an insurrection,
    a. Cenat is being charged with “multiple” criminal offenses.
    b. Cenat didn’t motivate this crowd to “riot” via speech. He didn’t assemble
    them to make grievance against the government or anybody. In fact, Cenat had to be rescued, hand carried atop the crowd and protected. He wanted to give things away, some expensive.
    c. There have been numerous riots involving “Government” Sect. 8 Voucher
    Applications and even stampedes for “Cheese”. Who’s responsible? Some
    government official, a poor planner, had to be prosecuted and charged with multiple criminal offenses, right? Some of the worst of incidents happen in “New York”?
    3. #45 “directed” Jan. 6 Insurrectionist, to march down to the Capital and he’d
    meet them there! This resulted in the “Death” of police officers and even an
    Insurrectionist, plus “numerous” intentional injuries inflicted! The
    “same” day of the insurrection, #45 told ’em- “You’re special and I ‘luv
    you (He sounded like Ernest T. Bass), now go home”? Mary, Joseph, Marta Caroli and a Bag of Chips plus pickles fresh off Noah’s Ark!!!
    a. Years have since passed. How many immediate arrest on ‘Dat day? Jeopardy music please? An Insurrectionist testified before Congress- “#45 duped me”, and afterwards walked away a “Free Man”? WTF?
    b. How in the F#^*, sorry…, did Cenat get charged so fast, for promoting what he thought would be a career building “Wanna- be- seen” giveaway of expensive
    items aka ‘Stuntun? We heard reports about rock throwing and various objects at police, but no deaths on either side. For all intents and purposes, when #45 told Insurrectionist to “go” and I’ll meet you there, he was De Facto sending some, particularly 1, to their death!
    c. ‘Ya know what? Here’s the Skinny-
    America is one of the most Racist plus illiterate industrial countries on the planet! No surprise, Racism and illiteracy are as clouds to rain aka sooner or later, Duh…?
    d. Negroes nearly en masse, in 2023, are the worst educated, plus read the U.S. Constitution like a Traffic Ticket aka “I’m innocent and was targeted for my melanin, but oh well (Gretna, La. Is a good example), pay the fine fee anyway and don’t protest, ‘Massa or one of his Negro Coons might get mad at me”! Read “The Negro Coon Catalog/Handbook”, Pitiful! Lots are angry at us for pointing this out! These Negroes say to ‘Massa each day- I try as hard as I can to look like you and totally reject what my mirror tells me, my alternate reality. Males and females wear horse haired long Artificial ‘Dreds, unnatural looking, down their backs, not all but most of the “Echo Chamber”. These also straighten whatever real strains of hair they have, imitating ‘Massa’s “Good Hair”! As far as melanin goes, these bleach their skin and even in Nigeria, “Cake Soap” is as common as Table Salt! No wonder Caucasians feel superior to “these” Negroes. Youtube is flush with
    “Africans” saying, American Negroes are unappreciative and lazy? You can’t make this up?
    d. Is American justice Racist? #45 vs Cenat!- Any questions?
    Peace Out…

  2. LBRC- This is exactly why we can’t trust the “White Mainstream” Media
    Narrative aka The Montgomery Alabama so- called 2023 “Brawl”?
    1. They told us “he”, the Black defenseless guy, who got “Gang”
    attacked by the “Commander” of a so- called pontoon vessel, was a
    “Security Guard” aka he fit a stereotype?
    2. Now it’s revealed their so- called “Security Guard” is actually the
    “Co- Captain” of the “Vessel With Rights” under “Maritime Law”! Well now…
    3. In “The Wizard of ‘Oz, Dorothy was taken for a Carriage Ride. She noticed the horses attached to the Carriage kept changing colors. She asked- “What kid of a horse is this”? The Muskin Driver looked at her and said- “This is a horse of a different color”!
    a. Even if, the Co- Captain was in the mind of “The Commander” of the
    “White Pontoon Captain and crew”, the Co- Captain had the right to “The
    Wharf” and clearly the “Right of Way”! What if there was a medical
    precedent aboard the vessel of the Co- Captain?
    b. What is a Wharf”?
    Webster Online- Wharf- 1 : a structure built along or at an angle from the shore of “navigable waters” so that ships may lie alongside to receive and discharge cargo and passengers 2 : the bank of a river or the shore of the sea./end/.
    c. Maritime Law vs The Montgomery Police Dept. et al? Now we can safely say to all as confidently as what was said to Dorothy? Ans. “This is a horse of a different color!!!
    Peace Out…

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