Earlier today, Tom Tancredo brought an issue to light that is sure to stir the political pot. In an AP story posted at the Kansas City Star website, Tancredo has called upon his Congressional peers in the Congressional Black Caucus, and other race-based groups, to disband.

Tancredo said, “It is utterly hypocritical for Congress to extol the virtues of a colorblind society while officially sanctioning caucuses that are based solely on race,? he also added, “If we are serious about achieving the goal of a colorblind society, Congress should lead by example and end these divisive, race-based caucuses.”

According to the article, Tancredo’s request was relayed in a letter to Administration Committee Chairwoman Juanita Millender-McDonald, D-CA., revived his effort to change House rules to abolish the groups. Besides the Congressional Black Caucus, Democrats also have a Hispanic caucus with 21 members, and Republicans have a comparable Hispanic conference with five full members and 11 “associate” members who are not Hispanic.

As you may remember, Rep. Stephen Cohen, D-TN., was recently discouraged from applying for membership to the Congressional Black Caucus after several current and former members made it clear that a white lawmaker was not welcome. Cohen, who represents a majority-black Memphis district, wanted to join in order to better serve his constitutes.

Something tells me that this issue is going to really heat up by tomorrow. Stay tuned.

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