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6/10/2021

Black Republican Denied Membership in Congressional Black Caucus; Is He Suffering from Too Much “Whiteness”?

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:29 am



The Hill:

A Black House Republican member is allegedly being blocked from joining the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) as one of only two Black Republicans in the House.

Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla.) and his staff have reached out to members of the CBC multiple times, but Donalds’s spokesman Harrison Fields said in a statement to The Hill that “all we’ve got is the cold shoulder.”

A source told BuzzFeed News that the caucus was blocking Donalds’s membership.

I think I see the problem here: although having black skin, Rep. Donalds likely has too much “whiteness” on account of being a Republican. And that’s a problem, as our Academic Betters are quick to inform us. Let’s look at the abstract from a thoughtful academic paper on the topic titled “On Having Whiteness” by Dr. Donald Moss, described here as “a white man who is a faculty member of both the New York Psychoanalytic Institute and the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis.” As you will see, Dr. Moss describes whiteness as “a malignant, parasitic-like condition to which ‘white’ people have a particular susceptibility” — but I betcha Black Republicans are at pretty high risk of contamination as well.

Whiteness is a condition one first acquires and then one has—a malignant, parasitic-like condition to which “white” people have a particular susceptibility. The condition is foundational, generating characteristic ways of being in one’s body, in one’s mind, and in one’s world. Parasitic Whiteness renders its hosts’ appetites voracious, insatiable, and perverse. These deformed appetites particularly target nonwhite peoples. Once established, these appetites are nearly impossible to eliminate. Effective treatment consists of a combination of psychic and social-historical interventions. Such interventions can reasonably aim only to reshape Whiteness’s infiltrated appetites—to reduce their intensity, redistribute their aims, and occasionally turn those aims toward the work of reparation. When remembered and represented, the ravages wreaked by the chronic condition can function either as warning (“never again”) or as temptation (“great again”). Memorialization alone, therefore, is no guarantee against regression. There is not yet a permanent cure.

One can only conclude that Rep. Donalds’s racially incorrect views signify his having been exposed to this dread malady. One can certainly understand the reluctance of the Congressional Black Caucus to be infected!

35 Responses to “Black Republican Denied Membership in Congressional Black Caucus; Is He Suffering from Too Much “Whiteness”?”

  1. Dr. Donald Moss, described here as “a white man who is a faculty member of both the New York Psychoanalytic Institute and the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis. . .

    The word “psychoanalysis” tells you all you need to know about this quack. I thought we ditched the Freudian crap back when everybody was still using dial-up Internet.

    JVW (ee64e4)

  2. Well, as our president said, if you didn’t vote Democrat, you ain’t black. The ball is in Donalds’ court…

    Hoi Polloi (b28058)

  3. And regarding caucus membership, I believe this has been an issue in the past. I seem to recall that the Newt Gingrich GOP House stripped taxpayer funding from all of these Congressional organizations which excluded members based upon ideology and/or other characteristics, so they now get by on funding from outside sources such as woke white progressives who Dr. Moss would tell us need to pay for having infected the body politic.

    JVW (ee64e4)

  4. Wait, Moss’ paper wasn’t satire?! To think, people paid money to read that dribble….at least my dribble is free…and lowfat.

    AJ_Liberty (ec7f74)

  5. They are a parody and don’t know it.

    nk (1d9030)

  6. This is not new: Republican House members have never been able to join the Congressional Black Caucus.

    Apparently, they have never made it an official rule that membership is only open to Democrats.

    Sammy Finkelman (51cd0c)

  7. So, Moss thinks he has succeeded in pathologizing being Caucasian. Doesn’t had know that Robin DiAngelo had already done that when she came up with her notion of “white fragility”? If so many people did not take them with such seriousness, it would be amusing to watch these white people fall all over themselves to see who can be most apologetic for the color of their skin.

    Roger (e34354)

  8. @JVW@1 You are absolutely correct.

    Nic (896fdf)

  9. Don’t they know that “caucus” and “Caucasian” sound like they are related? They could get cancelled for belonging to a white-sounding group!

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  10. As you will see, Dr. Moss describes whiteness as “a malignant, parasitic-like condition to which ‘white’ people have a particular susceptibility” — but I betcha Black Republicans are at pretty high risk of contamination as well.

    Mose’s supposes erroneously:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFAlZttXfvE

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  11. “So, Moss thinks he has succeeded in pathologizing being Caucasian.”

    This is what qualifies as being “edgy” in academia….not only should it be looked at as an institutional embarrassment….maybe necessitating a stern visit from the academic dean….it’s a collective waste of everyone’s time…..I want my 40 seconds back.

    AJ_Liberty (ec7f74)

  12. AOC believes in freedom. It is a sign of just wha total hypocrites they are that the members of the House Freedom Caucus won’t admit her.

    john (cd2753)

  13. AOC believes in freedom.

    Prove it!

    nk (1d9030)

  14. More low-hanging fruit.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  15. This is not new: Republican House members have never been able to join the Congressional Black Caucus.

    I thought JC Watts was offered membership, not sure if he took it. Gary Franks did not bother asking. These 2 examples offer contradictory insight as to whether Mia Love or Burgess Owens were offered.

    urbanleftbehind (d32e8b)

  16. Oh, and Lt. Col. Allen West asked and was invited, but maybe they made exception for a military man, a born Atlantan or were just scared to say no.

    urbanleftbehind (d32e8b)

  17. Don’t they know that “caucus” and “Caucasian” sound like they are related? They could get cancelled for belonging to a white-sounding group!.

    That isn’t as farfetched as it should be. It was long ago that someone was punished for the allegedly racist act of likening some excessively noisy college women to “water buffalo,” a commonplace, nonracial pejorative in his native language; and someone was punished for using the word “niggardly”; and more recently someone was punished for using a common Chinese expression that has absolutely nothing to do with race or any insulting intent. Overreaching hysteria about racism everywhere does a great disservice to the cause of opposing actual racism and honestly confronting the ways that racism in the nation’s history has been soft-pedaled or ignored (e.g. the Tulsa Massacre).

    Suggesting that being white is equivalent to a moral or psychological pathology is objectively racist and pernicious. It gives white people — including actual bigots — reason to say they’re the ones who are under attack, by people with a lot of cultural or political power.

    But I was curious about the etymology of “caucus,” which seems to be uncertain:

    American English (New England), perhaps from an Algonquian word caucauasu “counselor, elder, adviser” in the dialect of Virginia, or from the Caucus Club of Boston, a 1760s social and political club whose name possibly derived from Modern Greek kaukos “drinking cup.” Another old guess is caulker’s (meeting) [Pickering, 1816], but OED and Century Dictionary find this dismissable

    So it’s either elder advisers or people who drink a lot. Or both.

    Radegunda (33a224)

  18. RE: Moss LOL, this is marketing.

    Angelo (b35a27)

  19. @17: I looked it up, too. But you got my intent rather completely. When “The Terror” comes, it will be good to remember what might get the NKVD’s attention.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  20. #16
    Maybe thinking about West still gives them headaches

    steveg (ebe7c1)

  21. Actually, in modern Greek, kaukos means a woman’s male sexual partner in a meretricious relationship, with a considerably vulgar and demeaning connotation for both parties. Something like “her stud” or her “fancy man”, not as nice as “boyfriend” (philos) or “lover” (erastes).

    nk (1d9030)

  22. Trump just asked Biden to give “Czar” Vladimir Putin His “warmest regards”. Story from The Hill.

    Jim Miller (edcec1)

  23. Sorry for the off topic comment, but this is important.

    Jim Miller (edcec1)

  24. Rep. Donalds, instead of asking to join (if he has asked multiple times, it sounds like begging) should say I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member.

    With apologies to Julius Henry Marx.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  25. @22. Expect Vlad to give ol’Squinty McStumblebum just that– a warm, grandpa welcome– and gift him w/a flashy new, Russian-built, titanium walker.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  26. Re: Republican members of the CBC:

    Ten African American Republicans have been elected to Congress since the caucus was founded in 1971: Senator Edward Brooke of Massachusetts (1967–1979), Delegate Melvin H. Evans of the Virgin Islands (1979–1981), Representative Gary Franks of Connecticut (1991–1997), Representative J. C. Watts of Oklahoma (1995–2003), Representative Allen West of Florida (2011–2013), Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina (2013–present), Representative Will Hurd of Texas (2015–2021), Representative Mia Love of Utah (2015–2019), Representative Byron Donalds of Florida, and Representative Burgess Owens of Utah (2021–present). Of these ten, only Evans, Franks, West, and Love joined the CBC; currently, the caucus includes no Republicans, although Byron Donalds has applied to join the CBC. [21]

    Edward Brooke was the only serving African American U.S. senator when the CBC was founded in 1971, but he never joined the group and often clashed with its leaders. In 1979 Melvin H. Evans, a non-voting delegate from the Virgin Islands, became the first Republican member in the group’s history. Gary Franks was the first Republican voting congressman to join in 1991, though he was at times excluded from CBC strategy sessions, skipped meetings, and threatened to quit the caucus. J. C. Watts did not join the CBC when he entered Congress in 1995, and after Franks left Congress in 1997, no Republicans joined the CBC for fourteen years until Allen West joined the caucus in 2011, though fellow freshman congressman Tim Scott declined to join. After West was defeated for re-election, the CBC became a Democrat-only caucus once again in 2013.

    In 2014, two black Republicans were elected to the House. Upon taking office, Will Hurd from Texas declined to join the caucus, while Mia Love from Utah, the first black Republican congresswoman, joined.

    Source. Footnotes omitted.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  27. Edward Brooke was the only serving African American U.S. senator when the CBC was founded in 1971, but he never joined the group and often clashed with its leaders.

    Little wonder; his cheatin’ affair w/Barbara Walters speak volumes about his judgement and taste.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  28. It dawns on me why Trump abandoned his blog. It turns out that other blogs and their commenters pick up the slack very well in keeping everyone informed as to Trump’s latest statements and actions.

    He is living in you servers rent free.

    BuDuh (7bca93)

  29. @28. He [Trump] is living in you servers rent free.

    Once a real-estate mogul, always a real-estate mogul.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  30. Our distinguished host wrote:

    One can only conclude that Rep. Donalds’s racially incorrect views signify his having been exposed to this dread malady. One can certainly understand the reluctance of the Congressional Black Caucus to be infected!

    What, they couldn’t wear Fauctian face masks?

    The Dana in Kentucky (78a597)

  31. Our Greek scholar wrote:

    Actually, in modern Greek, kaukos means a woman’s male sexual partner in a meretricious relationship, with a considerably vulgar and demeaning connotation for both parties. Something like “her stud” or her “fancy man”, not as nice as “boyfriend” (philos) or “lover” (erastes).

    Now this is information I will surely use! It would help if you were to repost with the actual Greek letters!

    The Dana in Kentucky (78a597)

  32. Believe it or not, καύκος. Pronounced like cuff-cos, accent on cuff. You can hear it in this traditional Greek island song, from the point of view of an adultress, who in a dream saw her kauko as the hunter and her husband as the prey.

    But, you know, when they ask a mule his heritage, he always names the horse. Go with the Algonquian for “caucus”.

    nk (1d9030)

  33. Synagogue don’t except klansmen and nazis as members.

    asset (d4bc93)

  34. Not too much whiteness, too much Republicaness. Who needs a spy?

    Kyle (a00aa2)


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