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  •  He doesn't represent all of WPB (5+ / 0-)
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    Odysseus, Goobergunch, davehouck, filby, cai

    Here's the ethnic breakdown of FL-22:

    82.3% White
    3.8% Black
    1.7% Asian
    10.7% Hispanic
    0.1% Native American
    0.2% other

    With all this manure around, there must be a pony in here somewhere. - Count Piotr Vorkosigan

    by jrooth on Tue Dec 28, 2010 at 09:29:28 AM PST

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    •  This is certainly more relevant (1+ / 0-)
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      I don't want to undermine badboy here, who was just stressing that this is far from a black district. These numbers show he is closer to right on that fact.

      Still, I think the fact someone like Cohen can represent a heavily minority district and West can represent one where he is in the definite racial minority shows the district breakdown may NOT be the most important point here. West wasn't elected because he was black anymore than Cohen was because he was white. Indeed, the primary two years ago sent a pretty strong message that black voters prefer a white man looking out for their interest more than a black candidate interested in turning race issues into a turf war.

      I think the point of the CBC is that all people with a stake in the well-being of minorities should have a voice. That ought to include Cohen, West and anyone else with a good case to make that their presence in D.C. empowers black people.

      Please check out my blog Rantings From Florida. Someone has to do it.

      by Southernlib on Tue Dec 28, 2010 at 10:54:03 AM PST

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