Monday, November 17, 2008

THE NEW POST RACIAL POLITICS

With the resignation by Obama of his Senate seat we now find ourselves with our first black president-elect and not one black senator. If the Senate was representative of our national demographics, there would be 12 black senators. Over the past century there have been 78 years without a black senator. A reminder that breaking the glass ceiling does not necessarily unlock the doors.

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At November 17, 2008 2:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As it appears that a number of positions in President-elect Obama's cabinet will be filled by other members of the Senate, the manifestation of another disturbing trend becomes evident. When all is said and done, what percentage of the body that convenes in 2009 will arrive without the legitimacy a single popular vote from their ostensible constituencies? Exactly to whom will the various appointees feel obliged?
Beyond matters of race and gender, our representative legislatures are becoming increasingly estranged from the social-economic strata that comprise the vast majority of our population.

 
At November 20, 2008 12:27 PM, Anonymous York W. said...

Yes, Obama’s victory is a watershed event for America. There is no more overt discrimination on the basis of race in the electoral process, but day-to-day matters of living a decent life? Remember the 1968 Kerner Commission Report? African-Americans torched Watts, Detroit, Newark and other urban areas over:


High unemployment
Poor schools
Inadequate housing
Lack of health care
Systemic police brutality
Prison incarceration


Now, 40 years later, what can we say about these issues? You know the numbers. They can only be fudged so much by the left, right or center. The truth is still in the details. Until shown otherwise, let’s keep our fingers crossed that the Obama Administration will nudge America to a better outcome. That would demonstrate a trickle down from party politics (no matter how constrained by structural critiques and free market boosterism) to the everyday people. Until then, keep charging.

 

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