Two caucuses amount to racism against white men

The Civil War was fought to end slavery and subsequently the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments gave slaves citizenship status. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 ended segregation in public places and banned employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin.

Members of Congress directly represent the interests of their districts which generally have constituents of diverse backgrounds. Moreover, Congress represents the interests of the body politic which is also comprised of people with diverse backgrounds.

So why is there a Congressional Black Caucus and a Congress Hispanic Caucus, to name two? All men and women in this country are supposed to be equal under the law and represented without prejudice and preference. As far as I know, no congressional district is exclusively populated by any one race, religion, gender or ethnicity.

Members of Congress are supposed to fairly represent the interests of all of their constituents and the existence of these two caucuses certainly means that their members give preferential treatment to their constituents of the same race and national origin; this amounts to discrimination against white people, white males in particular. Some, and perhaps many, people will call me a racist for saying this but no, I’m not any more racist than those who support the existence of these two caucuses.

CHARLES HEIMERDINGER

Edinburg