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Congressional Black Caucus Issues Statement on Recent Comment by Rep. Eli Crane

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Steven Horsford (NV-04) and members of the Congressional Black Caucus issued the following statement in response to Rep. Eli Crane referring to Black service members as “colored people” on the House floor:

“Rep. Eli Crane’s comment was unprofessional, insensitive and unbecoming of a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. It smacks of vestiges of racism, proving that in 2023, we do not live in the color-blind society that Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Clarence Thomas claimed in their majority decision striking down affirmative action.

“Rep. Crane should apologize to Rep. Joyce Beatty, but more importantly, to the servicemen and servicewomen who defend our country with their lives. It may also be prudent for Rep. Crane to contact the diversity office within the House of Representatives, which has valuable resources for Members and staff who wish to learn more about the history of the word.”

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