Black Caucus: African-Americans Deserve Top House Leadership Position

If Democrats take control of the House following the 2018 midterm elections, the Congressional Black Caucus wants a black lawmaker to hold one of the top leadership positions.

The group’s chairman, Rep. Cedric Richmond, made the request in a private letter circulated to his colleagues on Thursday.   

According to multiple outlets that obtained a copy of the letter, Richmond pointed out a black lawmaker has never held the position of speaker or House majority leader. He added, “African Americans deserve more than a simple gesture of gratitude — they deserve representation at the apex of the party’s infrastructure.”

Depending on the outlet, Richmond’s letter is either being interpreted as a threat to the current Democratic…

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