Breitbart News reports that both the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Congressional Black Caucus were silent on Monday after news broke that Democrat Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse defended his membership to an elite, all-white beach club.
Whitehouse, who decried so-called “systemic racism” following the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, for decades has frequented Bailey Beach Club, a 124-year-old club whose lack of diversity was first documented back in 2003 in the New York Times: “Diversity, of course, has made scant inroads on the Newport of Bailey’s Beach, whose membership profile might be defined less by who people are than what they are not. ‘Jewish, yes,’ Audrey Oswald, a lifelong member replied, when asked about the club’s demographic composition. ‘Blacks, not really.’”
Whitehouse defended his Bailey Beach Club membership to a reporter on the eve of Juneteenth. “It’s a long tradition in Rhode Island and there are many of them and I think we just need to work our way through the issues, thank you,” Whitehouse said when the reporter asked him if a wealthy, all-white club like Bailey’s should even exist in 2021.
Asked in 2017 if he would pressure the club to push for diversity, Whitehouse replied, “I will take that up privately,” then walked away from the reporter.Whitehouse reportedly promised to give up his membership in 2006; instead, he “resigned” in 2010 by transferring his membership to his wife, who is now one of this all-white club’s biggest shareholders.
The NAACP and CBC had no comment. Now imagine if Whitehouse were Republican.