Black Leaders: Do as the Tea Party Does

Rep. Maxine Waters rallies the Congressional Black Caucus to take on a more aggressive, Tea Party-like offensive in order to be heard.

Posted: 08/21/2011 11:50 AM EDT

During an intense job summit in Detroit this week, leaders of the Congressional Black Caucus said they could no longer sit back and wait for President Obama to turn around the nightmarish unemployment rates in the Black community.

 

"We want to give him every opportunity, but our people are hurting. The unemployment is unconscionable. We don't know what the strategy is," said Rep. Maxine Waters at the meeting on Tuesday, The Huffington Post reports. “We’re supportive of the president, but we getting tired, y’all, getting tired."

 

Now, they say, it is time to emulate the outspoken tactics of the Tea Party in order to make their voices heard.

 

Writes The Daily Beast:

 

With a stinging budget defeat behind them and unemployment in the Black community soaring to 16 percent, members of the Congressional Black Caucus say they’re done waiting for Barack Obama to fight their battles for them.

 

Instead, the 43 African-American lawmakers say they’re taking matters into their own hands and will carry the fight to Tea Party Republicans, whom they blame for Obama’s latest lurch to the right.

 

“The Tea Party discovered something. That is if they organize, if they talk loud enough, if they threaten, if they register to vote and elect a few people, they can take over the Congress of the United States,” said Rep. Maxine Waters. “They called our bluff and we blinked. We should have made them walk the plank.”

 

“The people want us to fight. They want us to stand up,” Waters said. “We are going to be insistent that what comes out in September is going to reflect the experiences that we have had.”

 

Waters comments stem from a recent stop in Atlanta, one of five cities on the CBC’s job fair and town-hall tour.

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