- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Rep. Paul Ryan agreed to meet with Congressional Black Caucus members next week after he was criticized for making controversial comments about inner-city men.

The Wisconsin Republican said during a March appearance on “Bill Bennett’s Morning in America” radio show that there is a “tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning to value the culture of work,” NBC News reported.

When confronted about the comments at a town hall in Racine, Wis., Mr. Ryan admitted to being “inarticulate” and said he meant nothing racial by his statement.

“The problem though is that he was quoting Charles Murray, who has been pouring racist sewage into open ears for a couple generations now,” said Congressional Black Caucus Chair Rep. Emanuel Cleaver on MSNBC Wednesday. “He has been pushing his theories of the Bell Curve and white supremacy, and Ryan quoted him as one of the authorities.”

Mr. Cleaver said he expects at the meeting “there will be much more light than heat.”

“I think that it is important for Mr. Ryan to know that he has probably not had experiences in inner cities around the country or in Wisconsin,” Mr. Cleaver said. “He probably doesn’t know anything about people, African-American men or the Latino men, in the inner city. He doesn’t know.”