CBC Chairman on Blacks Who Don’t Vote: ‘They Ought to Give Us Their Color Back’

Melanie Hunter, CNS News, September 20, 2012

Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Emanuel Cleaver on Thursday said that African-Americans who don’t vote “ought to give us their color back.”

“That’s why I become so angry at any African-American who refuses to vote. They are not worth the color if they don’t vote. They ought to give us their color back. Their African-American credentials need to be snatched if they don’t vote,” Cleaver said at a CBC forum on voting rights.

“That’s an insult to the ancestors and the people who brought us to where we are right now. There’d be no Black Caucus but for the black men and women who fought and died that we might have an opportunity to gather here in Washington that there would be 42 members of the Congressional Black Caucus,” the Missouri Democratic congressman said.

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  • A bit OT, a bit not.

    I do all I can to keep from slugging in the gut someone who says that “people who don’t vote have no right to complain.” 

    If you think that people who choose not to vote don’t have a right to complain, you are also saying that government has the right to abuse or deny civil rights or liberties to non-voters.

    Are atheists not permitted to criticize the negative effects of religion and organized religion because they don’t adhere or belong to one?
    That’s what I thought of when I read this Beaver Cleaver quote.  I am not surprised that he said something this stupid, and he often says stupid things.

  • jedsrael

    CBC Chairman on Blacks Who Don’t Vote: ‘They Ought to Give Us Their Color Back’

    That’s why I become so angry at any African-American who refuses to vote. They are not worth the color if they don’t vote. They ought to give us their color back. Their African-American credentials need to be snatched if they don’t vote,” Cleaver said at a CBC forum on voting rights.

    CWC Chairman on Whites Who Don’t Vote: ‘They Ought to Give Us Their Color Back’

    That’s why I become so angry at any European-American who refuses to vote. They are not worth the color if they don’t vote. They ought to give us their color back. Their European-American credentials need to be snatched if they don’t vote,” Hyperborean said at a CWC forum on voting rights.

  • Remember, for quite a few decades after the founding of the Republic, the only people who could vote were white men 21+ who owned real property.  Are we to think that the Founders seceded from an empire, then framed a groundbreaking Constitution then Bill of Rights just for it not to apply to people who couldn’t vote, i.e which was at least a bare majority of white people at the time?  (All women + underage men + men of age who didn’t own land)

    • America would be a completely different place if only working, tax paying, contributing individuals could vote. A completely different place.

      • If white people who were net tax contributors to society could vote (net tax contributors being a modern equivalent of land owning, as it can’t be expected that everyone in big cities can own land), there would still be two major political parties, because the base habit of American politics is to be bipolar.  It’s just that the political center would be far to the right of what it is today.  Our world’s Mitt Romney would be too liberal to win the Democrat nomination.  PJB would be a dead center moderate.  

        Since most politicians are whores, all the white people in politics now would still exist, but they would be talking a lot more white wing.  (Sic)

        The more dependent non-whites you flood the electorate with, the further left it pushes the political center.

  • JackKrak

    I feel the same way about any guilty white liberal type who lectures me on the poor victimhood of the horribly mistreated black man

  • When a black man is “speaking truth to power”, he gets a free pass to say anything.

    • bluffcreek1967

      Very true! One further point: Whenever liberals talk about ‘speaking truth to power,’ it’s in the context of complaining against a Republican administration, not a Democrat one. Where are the massive anti-war protests now that Obama is in office? Moreover, one never sees these same liberals protesting and ‘speaking truth to power’ to Communist regimes or dictatorships. They know they are safe to do so in Western, civilized nations where they will not be strung up for stirring up the citizens. Liberals are, essentially, cowards.

      • Exactly my question? Where are the anti-war protesters?

        And another thing.

        I clearly remember that week that Bush was inaugurated. The MSM started a relentless stream of articles about the homeless.

        We’re in a recession with thousands of foreclosures and not a word about Obamas’ homeless.

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  • bluffcreek1967

    This statement from Emanuel Cleaver shows once again that for Blacks, it really is all about the color of their skin. They can’t move beyond it! Does one ever hear such nonsense from Whites? When Whites fail to vote, we consider them foolish. We tell them that they have no reason to complain about the state of things in our country when they refuse to even take part in voting. But Whites don’t ever tell other Whites they ought to give the color of their skin back or that their White credentials are now lost because they failed to vote!?

  • I feel the same way. Get out and vote in November while we still have a little left of this country. Soon we are going to be a third world country run by complete morons with a complete collapse of our finances, moral character, intelligence, and American work ethic. Please stop America from rewarding bad behavior and punishing good. Please stop taking from hard working and giving to those that don’t. We have got to make people responsible for their choices and able to care for themselves.

  • ‘They Ought to Give Us Their Color Back’

    Hmmmm….technically, how is it done ?
     

  • Screamin_Ruffed_Grouse

    Huh. How about that? Apparently we can add “refuse to vote” to the list of things one can do to forfeit one’s Black Card. Right up there with “raise your kids,” “wear deodorant” and “read a book.”

    http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=GlKL_EpnSp8&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DGlKL_EpnSp8