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Congressional Black Caucus chair Marcia Fudge is unabashedly holding Rep. Paul Ryan’s feet to the fire. It’s a welcomed move by a formidable leader on Capitol Hill. Fudge deserves our support — and praise.

“If he wants to believe that the only way to cure poverty is to just get rid of all the poor people, then he has another thing coming,” Fudge said last week during a television appearance on MSNBC’s PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton.

Fudge, a Democrat from Ohio, sent a letter to Ryan last week inviting Ryan to meet with the Congressional Black Caucus after his racially inflammatory remarks about poverty and “inner cities.”

“As members of the Congressional Black Caucus, we were deeply troubled by your recent remarks on Bill Bennett’s Morning in America show where you stated that there is a ‘tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work,’ ” Fudge wrote in her letter to Ryan.“Your comments were highly offensive.”

Ryan, an ultra-conservative Republican from Wisconsin, has agreed to meet with black legislators on April 30 to explain his racially-insensitive comments. Two weeks ago, Ryan, the  2012 GOP nominee for Vice-President, appeared on conservative Bennett’s show and said, “We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work, and so there is a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with.”

Many black legislators and civil rights activists believed Ryan’s comments were code words to characterize African American men as lazy, but Ryan now claims his remarks were “inarticulate” and had nothing to do with race.

“We need to really realize a lot of people don’t really get it,” Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) said on MSNBC last week. “When you talk in the way he has talked, we have to remember that race is still a factor in America.”

And here’s the most significant point: Ryan is Chairman of the House Budget Committee and oversees a fiscal plan for all Americans but seemingly believes that African-American men don’t want to work. But Ryan didn’t stop there. He cited the work of Charles Murray — author of the controversial 1994 book, The Bell Curve, which argues that blacks are intellectually inferior to whites because of genetics.

So how does Ryan’s warped thinking about black men impact his budget decisions?

“If you just look at what his budget does, you can tell he doesn’t care anything about poor people,” Fudge told Monday. “It reflects all the comments he has made. Even if he said his comments were ‘inarticulate,’ his budget shows that he believes what he says.”

Fudge said she welcomes the meeting with Ryan next month.

“I’m looking forward to it because I really don’t like for people to pretend to care about the poor,” Fudge said. “This will give us an opportunity to discuss with him his policies and his statements and more importantly, we need to look at the budget and how it affects poor people.”

Ryan is absolutely out of touch with people of color living in urban America. Let’s be thankful that he didn’t end up in the White House.

What do you think?

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14 thoughts on “COMMENTARY: CBC’s Fudge Right to Call Ryan Meeting

  1. October on said:

    I gotta gree with you Joe. When I go into & Eleven in the morning all I see is illegals. Many of whom, work construction or other trade jobs. Some of them even look at me like I’m a second class citizen. What nerve. Here’s an idea, maybe we, legal American Citizens, should write down the names of these companies, contact INS and watch the chips fall where they may. Or, hold every during the elections, hold those running for office, make them accountable to all legal American Citizens. Just a thought.

  2. Debbie on said:

    Hold his ass to the fire. Tell him to stop believing the bullshit his ancestors put in his head. If the idiots he came from weren’t so hateful and jealous to our people, our black men would not be at the bottom of his barrel. OMG, I so wish I could do an interview one day. I would be asking lots of questions and I would demand answers. I have lots of questions for white people.

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  6. gracebay1 on said:

    He’s full of it and knows it. Paul Ryan hass never held a real job. Drive by any inner city bus stop beginning at 5:00 am and you will see people waiting on the bus to go to work. Blacks have never been lazy. This is the projection people like Paul Ryan specialize in. Calling you what they actually are.

  7. joe Valdez on said:

    Look what is happening to Black America ! Detroit Failed and Bankrupt , Chicago school closing violent Black on Black crime due to people being frustrated because no one is listening or caring about them , including their so called hero tranplanted Hawaiian Barrack Hussein Obama . Wanna fix the problems? Deport 25 million illegal Aliens that stealing jobs working for $5 / hr getting free medical benefits while Blacks are suffering and loosing jobs that used to pay $15-$25 per Hr . Obama is a failure and an American disaster.

    • Jiggy5 on said:

      BS, blacks didn’t want those jobs when they were available, because they cut into or eliminated welfare handouts.

  8. joe Valdez on said:

    Blacks are no more lazy than any other races. The truth is that Socialist extremist President Barrack Hussein Obama 9 That is what he calls himself) is pushing for 25 Million Illegal Aliens to become citizen “Path To Citizenship” these aliens are taking jobs from hard working African Americans who used to work on construction for $15- $25/ Hr , now these Aliens are willing to work for $4-$5 per Hr . The Democrats are directly responsible for this. Obama is only concerned about Obama it’s all about him and his misguided failing Presidency . Homo Sexual are getting Obama’s attention and all the the benefits , under Obama Blacks are pushed in The Back of The Bus . They are being taken for granted because they are so stupid and controlled by their Democrat White LIberal Masters . Time to wake up Black America,

  9. I guess Congress woman missed the article on the store accepting EBT cards for lingerie
    I find her comments racist since Ryan said “ men in the inner city” not black men. So she is implying
    that only AA’s are lazy foodstamp government handout recipients. Since inner cities can be racially diverse. Once again a liberal democrat who’s done nothing to help lift her continuance out of poverty crime and poor education simply appeases by playing the race card

  10. Seriously on said:

    He is not out of touch with minorities, he and many republicans like him exploits their base by using their racism, bigotry of others to keep him in office and back up his agenda, while his base never reap the benefits. Just him and his lobbyists and other members striving to be the 1%. It is a plan that works.

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