by BAR executive editor
It's hard to believe that a generation ago, the Congressional Black
Caucus was known as "the conscience of the congress, a political and
moral high ground long deserted by the current CBC, which has utterly collapsed under
Israel-lobby pressure for the second time in three years.
All but two Black lawmakers voted either "Yes" or "Present" on a
that absolved Israel for its crimes against humanity in Gaza - placing
blame on Hamas. In 2006, only two Black Caucus members opposed a
supporting Israel's savage destruction if Lebanon's infrastructure and
killing of 1,000 people. Hypocritically turning their backs both on Black public opinion and on the work of Dr. King,
whose name they invoke at every public opportunity, the CBC has put itself "out of
the anti-war business," and well outside the mainstream of Black opinion on the Israel-Palestine question.