U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.), chairman of the 49-member Congressional Black Caucus, said the CBC will assert itself when it comes to defeating the Trump agenda when Congress returns in September. The CBC has a hashtag to support its efforts.

Richmond, during a Aug. 21 conference call with reporters, said the behavior of the president and the policies that he has proffered are a challenge to Blacks. “We are in a tough place,” Richmond said. “A sad and shameful place. But we will keep our eye on the prize.”

U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond is the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus. (Courtesy Photo)

Using the hashtag #RootOutRacism in the White House, federal policy, and public places, Richmond said the CBC will use it as a vehicle to fight racial discrimination and policies that deal with criminal justice and housing, and other issues on the federal level.

Richmond said people who work in the White House shouldn’t be affiliated with White nationalists’ groups. “ Bannon is out but there are others,” Richmond said, referring to ousted chief aide Steve Bannon who sympathized with White nationalists. “I have heard that President Trump Googles people who want to work for him to see what they have said about him but he should also Google to see if some of his people have ties to White nationalists.”

Richmond said the CBC supports removing Confederate statutes in outside spaces and backs Sen. Cory Booker’s (D-N.J.) bill to take those statutes out of the U.S. Capitol. He also said that military bases that bear the names of Confederates should be re-named.

Richmond said the CBC will continue to act as the “conscience of the Congress” and fight Trump’s efforts to re-institute the war on drugs and fight for more federal assistance for HBCUs.

On the call, Richmond was joined by Reps. Andre Carson (D-Ind.), Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.). Carson talked about the fight to stop Trump’s Muslim ban while Bass focused on the president’s immigration policies that are hurting people of African descent such as Haitians, Liberians, and Somalis.

Lawrence said the CBC will continue to question the purpose of the Trump voter commission and fight domestic terrorism that takes the form of racism and segregation.

Richmond said the CBC will work in coalition with other like-minded caucuses to fight the Trump agenda and said his group has not ruled out civil disobedience to make its point. Noting that three CBC members, Reps. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), Gwen Moore (D-Wisc.), and Al Green (D-Texas) have called for the consideration of impeaching Trump, Richmond said his group “will have a robust discussion on that.”