A group of conservative African American pastors is rebuking the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) for its “childish” behavior at the State of the Union address and embarking on a new midterm election year campaign to out members of the CBC as “traitors.”
Rev. William Owens, president of the Coalition of African American Pastors (CAAP), joined with civil rights educator Dr. Alveda King, radio talk host Lonnie Poindexter, and black politicians from Texas and Virginia Tuesday at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, to launch their campaign.
“Our Black Politicians did it to us again,” said Owens in a press release sent to Breitbart News. He continued:
The disgrace before the global community by the CBC (Congressional Black Caucus) during the State of the Union Address was the worst I have ever witnessed in my life as a black father, educator, civil rights activist and man of faith. Our elected officials’ demonstration of childish behavior; sulking in their seats, texting, pretending to be disinterested, was distasteful. We did not elect children, we thought we had leaders.
The pastors and their associates are demanding an apology from CBC members as they also roll out a new social media campaign: #representorgoaway.
“Without question, the CBC’s foul demeanor has been a just cause to demand either “REPRESENT or GO AWAY,” Owens explained. “I make a strong plea to the black community to embrace this position with openness and hear us out; we have been sidelined by traitors in Washington and must engage.”
Owens said members of the CBC care little about “our precious black children,” but more about “the rights of undocumented immigrants and football players who don’t stand for the national anthem.”
He added that some black children are the victims of true racism, but CBC members have failed to investigate this as they, instead, focus on their progressive political agenda.
“So, in the wake of being misrepresented by black legislators, we are taking this fight back to Washington, where the fraud of representation took place and demand either they represent the people or get out of the way,” Owens said.
Black Leaders Embarrass and Sell Us Out Again. Read my article and tell me what you think. Thanks!https://t.co/9842AFi2mM
— Rev. William Owens (@caapusa) February 2, 2018
According to the press release, over 50 groups have signed onto the campaign’s petition at www.caapusa.org.
Owens and CAAP had been openly critical of the Obama administration’s support for abortion and same-sex marriage.
In May 2016, Owens rebuked the Obama administration’s assertion that single-sex bathrooms are discriminatory against transgender individuals in much the same way that blacks experienced discrimination in the United States.
“There is simply no relation between the struggles that Black Americans have faced and the desire of a tiny minority group to violate the dignity and privacy of women and girls,” Owens said. “To suggest some sort of equivalence is a gross insult to all of those who marched with Dr. King and faced fire hoses and hatred in the name of equality.”
“Transgendered persons are not asking for equal rights—they are asking for special rights that violate the privacy of women and simple common sense,” he added.
“The policies embraced by the Democrats have failed us for decades,” he said. “They have destroyed our communities, weakened our families, and doomed us to a future of dependency. What’s more, the Democrats now take our votes for granted and ignore our voices in favor of other interest groups.”