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  •  I don't know the individual congressmans views (2+ / 0-)
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    However I can be pretty sure that should they want a taxi in New York and weren't wearing their Congressional pledge pin they would have a hard time hailing one as well.  So if the CBC wanted to pass a law stating that racism by cabbies will be unacceptable I think they could have a stake in that regardless of their ideology.

    I will say I see something interesting here.  I have seen many times when "progressives" have tried to find common ground with teabaggers for their own purposes.  What if the CBC could make those 2 members more progressive?  Wouldn't that be a good thing?  Why is it ok to demand or to even care who is in the CBC if Cohen wanted to for example he could start another caucus for the rights of Black people, and I'm actually confident alot of the current CBC would join.  Now the reason I don't think that is going to happen is the point really isn't the advancement of causes and issues important to the Black community, it's a bit of a stupid pissing contest imho.

    I am Blackwaterdog! I support Barack Obama and the Democratic Party!! Want some? Get some SUCKERS!!!

    by Adept2u on Tue Dec 28, 2010 at 09:46:27 AM PST

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    •  There's no question that the reality of (1+ / 0-)
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      white privilege affects Scott and West every bit as it does any other AA. It doesn't follow though that they necessarily incorporate an understanding of privilege into their world-view. They may, and they should, but the ability of humans to look past reality that undermines their ideology is quite remarkable.

      White folks should understand how they benefit from privilege, but of course, not all of us do.

      When you triangulate everything, you can't even roll downhill...

      by PhilJD on Tue Dec 28, 2010 at 09:54:47 AM PST

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    •  I don't question Cohen's motivation.. (2+ / 0-)
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      to join the CBC.
      He represents a largely minority district and likely will for years to come. Perhaps he wants to involve himself fully in the issues that concern his constituents?

      Now I can understand why, in spite of his sincere desire to join, the CBC might still disallow his membership. It's an interesting debate. But what of Rep. Cohen's constituents who, at the moment, don't have a voice within the CBC?

      They call him Machete...

      by dclawyer06 on Tue Dec 28, 2010 at 10:27:38 AM PST

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      •  Nothing is stopping him (1+ / 0-)
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        So Cohen starts the Congressional friends of the Black electorate.  The entire CBC joins.  How is he damaged?  Why does membership in that particular club have to be important, and why is it only the Black caucus that has it's membership and or goals questioned?  I ask because I believe the CBC is the most progressive one in the congress however I don't think anyone actually listens to them or thinks about them unless some kind of "reverse racism" meme is being pushed.

        BTW membership in the CBC would be one of the things the Black electorate thought of when electing it's representatives.  If it were all that important we wouldn't elect white legislators.  Now me personally Barack Obama is the first Black person I've ever had the opportunity to vote for for any office, so I don't think it's all that big a problem.

        I am Blackwaterdog! I support Barack Obama and the Democratic Party!! Want some? Get some SUCKERS!!!

        by Adept2u on Tue Dec 28, 2010 at 10:51:54 AM PST

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