Seeing Black and Right, The Congressional Black Caucus

October 23, 2010  |  

(The Economist) — THERE’S an old Yiddish saying (there’s always an old Yiddish saying): If your aunt had wheels she’d be a pushcart. Obviously this is a cleaned-up version of what biological requirements it would take to make your aunt your uncle but the import is the same: if things were different, things would be different. I thought of this recently while I was shearing a piece on black voters into something approaching publishable (or at least file-able) shape.  The Congressional Black Caucus exists, according to its mission statement, “to promote the public welfare through legislation designed to meet the needs of millions of neglected citizens.” The CBC was formed in 1969, since when there have been only two black Republican members of the House:Gary Franks, who joined the CBC (and disagreed with the rest of its members often, and vociferously), and J.C. Watts, who did not.

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