When Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) meets with the Congressional Black Caucus next week, former chairman Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) said he will bring up Ryan’s previous comments about inner city poverty.
While Cleaver insisted the meeting with Ryan will be more “light than heat,” he did provide a preview of it Wednesday on MSNBC.
Cleaver has taken issue with the fact that Ryan quoted Charles Murray, a libertarian political scientist.
During the interview, Cleaver said Murray has been “pouring racist sewage into open ears for a couple generations now” as well as “pushing his theories of the bell curve and white supremacy.”
Cleaver added that Ryan’s admission that he was unaware of the objections to Murray’s theories suggests “ignorance” on Ryan’s part. “If you know the least, you shouldn’t speak the loudest,” the Missouri representative added.
Cleaver also said the term “inner city” is suggestive of race.
“Chairman Ryan, I think, knows that,” he added. “If not, I think we’re going to have to create an atmosphere where he can learn things.”