Race Discrimination in the Workplace
And In The Congress of the United States
Historically, race discrimination has been practiced and even sanctioned by the United States government in a number of ways. Not everyone born on US soil was afforded citizenship, given the right to vote, allowed into public accommodations, allowed employment, afforded credit or housing in certain neighborhoods.
Law makers have enacted several federal laws to address discrimination. Many states have enacted civil rights laws of their own and even extended protection to LGBT individuals. Anti-discrimination laws prevent certain classes of individuals to get a fair shake at almost every level. Even cities and counties have ordnances and laws for civil rights.
In the area of education schools have removed certain standards (affirmative action) so as to accommodate students who might otherwise be unable to attend classes or pursue their areas of interest.
In this day and age it has become politically incorrect to refer to individuals by their birth gender and parents are told they must wait until the child decides what gender they identify as.
During the era of the Civil Rights Movement we saw legislators pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964: Title II (Equal Employment Opportunities).
The Civil Rights Act of 1964: Title VII (Equal Employment Opportunities)
The Civil Rights Act was a very significant piece of legislation when it was enacted in 1964 and continues to protect individuals against discrimination. The Act has many anti-discrimination provisions including Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 ( Equal Employment Opportunities) which prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, and national origin (including limited English proficiency).
Next the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA).
The Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA)
The Equal Credit Opportunity Act grants all applicants an equal opportunity to obtain credit through the anti-discrimination provision. The ECOA prohibits creditors from discriminating against credit applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status, age, and the applicant’s use of public assistance.
Then U.S. Code Title 42, Chapter 21-Civil Rights
U.S. Code Title 42, Chapter 21-Civil Rights
Title 42, Chapter 21 of the U.S. Code prohibits discrimination against persons based on age, disability, gender, race, national origin, and religion (among other things) in a number of settings – including education, employment, public accommodations, federal services, and more. Chapter 21 is where a number of federal acts related to civil rights have been codified – including the Civil Rights Act of 1866, Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act.
Followed by the Fair Housing Act, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act.
Fair Housing Act
The Fair Housing Act (FHA) prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of housing on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, or disability.
Voting Rights Act of 1965
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA) bans the denial or restriction of the right to vote and forbids discrimination in voting practices on the basis of race and color nationwide.
Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act
The Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act provides for equitable and impartial relief operations, without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, or economic status during an official emergency or disaster.
Whether it is discrimination in education, on the job, housing, public accommodations, or another area, anti-discrimination laws are here to protect you. However, the laws are complex.
With all the emphasis on correcting racism it is inconceivable that the U. S. House of Representatives and the U. S. Senate would allow blatant and open discrimination and racism to taint the halls of Congress.
In January 1969 a group of U.S. Representatives decided to form a “Democratic Select Committee” as a legislative service organization to work together for the mutual good of the Black communities who elected them to public office. In 1971 the DSC officially renamed to become the Congressional Black Caucus in February 1971.
In 1971 President Nixon refused to meet with the CBC leadership or recognize their existence. In retaliation the CBC boycotted the 1971 State of the Union address. A tactic they used against President Reagan, and continued with President Trump’s State of the Union address in 2017.
The Congressional Black Caucus and 27 other legislative service organizations were to have their funding rescinded by the House of Representatives in 1994. However that did not stop the group from restructuring into the “Congressional Black Caucus” as a Congressional Member Organization on January 4, 1995.
Although their caucus bylaws do not make race a prerequisite for membership, they have “chosen” to remain an “exclusively black” caucus. In 2007 Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen applied to join but was denied because he was white.
Missouri Rep. William Lacy Clay, Jr. said “it’s time to move on because we have racial policies to pursue and we are pursuing them.” Rep. Clay also said “Rep. Cohen will have to accept what the rest of the country will have to accept…….It’s our turn to say who can join ‘the club’. He does not, and cannot, meet the membership criteria unless he can change his skin color. Primarily, we are concerned with the needs and concerns of the black population.”
Later that same week Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo objected to the continued existence of the CBC, as well as the Democratic Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the Republican Congressional Hispanic Conference arguing that “It is utterly hypocritical for Congress to extol the virtues of a color-blind society while officially sanctioning caucuses that are based solely on race. If we are serious about achieving the goal of a colorblind society, Congress should lead by example and end these divisive, race-based caucuses.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congressional_Black_Caucus
It was during that 2007 campaign cycle that CBC member Sen. Barack Obama ran for and won the election as President of the United States. His campaign and election emboldened the CBC to not only remain solvent but extend themselves as the political powerhouse they are today. Read my Conspiracy versus Collusion blog https://wordpress.com/post/realtruckmaster.blog/1254.
Today the Congressional Black Caucus have committee chairs/co-chairs and members in more than 25 Congressional Committees, Sub-Committees, Taskforces and Working Groups. Their members span both political parties and across the chambers of the Legislative Branch from the House to the Senate, which compromise the integrity of the entire Legislative Branch of government.
Congressional Black Caucus members are openly blatant in their hunt for racism in the White House, on Federal Property while choosing to ignore their own individual and collective racism. It is my sincere opinion that the CBC is a major player in the Washington DC Swamp. Their members must be held to a higher standard and they must be accountable for their actions and inactions in the performance of their duties as public servants. It is time for American voters to make better choices for the sake of their children and grandchildren if this nation is to survive.
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