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April 4th, 2012
02:45 PM ET

No African-American senators likely in near future


By Lisa Desjardins, CNN Radio Senior Correspondent

Washington (CNN) – Few might realize it, but Tuesday's primary elections might have quietly sealed the racial and ethnic makeup of the U.S. Senate for a couple of more years.

On Tuesday, C. Anthony Muse, thought to be the strongest black candidate for U.S. Senate this year, lost his Democratic primary race in Maryland, coming in a distant second to Sen. Ben Cardin, the incumbent. CNN found only one other African-American on a Senate ballot, a Florida candidate who isn’t getting much attention among a wide field of contenders.

Out of 100 U.S.  senators, two are Latino, two are of Asian or Pacific Islander ancestry, but none are African-American. Tuesday's primary losses mean a Senate body with relatively little racial or ethnic diversity will likely continue to have no black members for two more years.

"When I tell this to people, most of them are shocked and don't understand how in America that could be the case," said Muse, a Maryland state senator and preacher.

There have been 1,931 members of the Senate, the chamber historian's office said. Six African-Americans have served in the U.S. Senate, Muse said, and that includes Roland Burris of Illinois, who was appointed to President Barack Obama's former seat and served less than a full term.

Six Latinos have held the title of U.S. senator.

"There does seem to be a ceiling," University of Mississippi political science professor Marvin King said. "People are used to electing minority office holders. There are plenty of blacks in every state legislature, but going beyond that to winning statewide races seems to be a ceiling."

Part of it might be simple math. Minorities, by definition, represent less than the majority of a population.

The same math might be affecting how African-Americans in the House of Representatives transition to the Senate, too. There are currently 44 black House members, a record-high number.

"How come minority members of the House have not transitioned to the Senate the way you see white members transition?" King asked. "One of the answers is the districts they represent tend to be different from the state as a whole. They tend to represent urban districts with high minority populations."

Conservatives, such as Cuban-American Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, see the lack of minority representation as a straightforward reflection of who's on the ballot and whom voters chose.

"We have elections in this country," Rubio said. "Obviously, we'd like to see more people running for all offices in this country. I don't know why it's been the way it's worked out. I think that will change over time."

Most senators who were asked about the low number of minorities in the Senate admitted or implied the issue was not something on which they focused.

Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Florida, whose state is embroiled in discussions about race after the death of teenager Trayvon Martin, didn't have an answer when asked about the lack of diversity.

"Minorities in the Senate?" he asked. "Call the office and we'll talk about that, because that deserves a thoughtful answer."

His office later sent a written reply that the senator believes "the Senate would benefit from more closely resembling America's diversity." His aide theorized that Nelson was probably in a hurry to get to his next meeting and that's why he could not answer on the spot.

The lack of specific responses from across the Senate didn't surprise Sen. Bob Menendez, D-New Jersey, the other Latino in the chamber.

Diversity in the Senate is "not at all" a discussion among members, he said.

"I don't think they think about it necessarily," Menendez said. "It's not as if they're averse to being helpful or supportive, but they're not thinking about it."

So does it even matter if the Senate has low numbers of minorities?

King, the University of Mississippi professor, said the effect might be more indirect than direct.

"My research has found that on all but a handful of issues in Congress ... the voting of black Democrats and white liberals is nearly identical," he said. The issues where he sees separation are housing, urban development and civil rights.

King and other researchers said they believe the effect of low minority representation is less on votes taken than issues presented.

"Where you might see a difference is in the agenda of the individual members of Congress, what bills they chose to introduce and where they put their energy," he said.

Before he lost his U.S. Senate primary race, candidate Muse gave a list of issues he felt were overlooked, including infant mortality, the criminal incarceration rate, housing and urban health care.

Now he's returning to the Maryland state Senate, vowing that he will keep pushing for a seat in Washington.

soundoff (367 Responses)
  1. LiberalsLie

    Well, looks like Main Stream Media lied again, and a Republican to boot, goes to show you how biased they are.

    December 17, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Andy

    Well if you want more minorities in office start voting for the minority guy who shows up on your ballot.

    Really though. I'd prefer if we started at the root of the cause and boost the public schools to a standard equal to the rest of the schools in the nation. Its stupid our public school system isn't equal across the board. Instead we get these horror stories. No wonder so many grow up to become career criminals. We just set them up for failure.

    April 11, 2012 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
  3. Ya'll Are Idiots

    If you are soooo against this article what is the point of you reading it? Why post rude comments? Do you feel better about yourself now? Do you think you accomplished anything by showing everyone how ignorant you really are?? WOW

    April 10, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. LBAM

    if you have 20 million or can raise 20 million, then you can become a senator. All politicians are bought and paid for by those who can sway influence on thier side.. Unfortunately, Blacks don't have that money nor the large number of friends to purchase their way to a senate seat.

    April 10, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jerry

    the blacks are 12% of the US population...how many senators should be black? 50% good enought for you. Why even print this drivil?

    There is NO racism in America compared to the rest of the world....about time time this political correctness garbage ends.

    April 9, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • MJ Taylor

      Come on Jerry, don't be foolish, the numbers mean something. 12% of the people and what % of the Senate? CEO's? College grads? Prisoners? Just because you can't see it and clearly have representation, don't poo poo the perception of others. And we're not in other parts of the world, a moot and dumb point, we are here in the US.

      April 10, 2012 at 6:21 am | Report abuse |
    • ITGUY

      Jerry, I am a black male and sadly I agree with you. Too many people are making too much of this issue. We are actually less than 12% of the population. When i was in Statistics class in college they showed us how at 12% of the population (and falling) we were becoming emersed in the U.S. population. This happens in every society where you have a large group of people and a smaller group of people. Eventually you get swallowed up. This goes both ways however, you can't proclaim that all WELFARE is consumed by 10% of a population. The Numbers don't support it. If all blacks were on welfare it still wouldn't be enough. There are a lot of whites on Welfare and In Prisons. They are just ignored..which is a greater travesty than most people think. Poor whites are ignored. But thats my sociology lesson. I hope someone learned something.

      April 10, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. corncop

    Is this strictly a numbers game? Don't have one? Gotta have one? Will the country go to hell in a hand basket just because we don't? Or be great, just because we do? What ever happened to qualifications? Our politics and elected government have become the playground of the rich! Best government that money can buy! Regardless of anything else. Just lean over for Mr. Moneybags and do his bidding. Forget the voters, they don't pay the bills!

    Anyway, I worked in government for more than 30 years and saw the numbers games played in many different forms. Don't have a black supervisor? Promote one, then get one of the white guys passed over to train him! Happened! Don't have enough women in higher positions? Let the woman choose! Promote 3 women! OOPS, we forgot that the EEO works both ways. Now what do we do? We now have to pay 5 people for just the 3 jobs!

    Get off the numbers and the money. Let's have a n elected government that is beholden only to the voters and not to anyone else! Start with the super pacs and begin to outlaw all this stuff. Oh sorry, I forgot that the bought-and-paid-for politicians have to vote on it!

    April 9, 2012 at 4:51 am | Report abuse |
  7. Bryan

    Why don't we use affirmative action to force more black people into the Congress, regardless of any other qualifications?

    April 8, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. p41

    The only problem finding a "Black Senator" is finding a suitable sell-out, that will serve as a "black friend" for racist caucasians, and a scapegoat for crooked jewish caucasians.

    April 8, 2012 at 4:00 am | Report abuse |
  9. Michael Straughter

    This conversation is getting tired; however, Joyce Beatty of Ohio will soon join the rank – not because she's an African American woman, but because she's the best qualified, experienced candidate for newly re-drawn Ohio Congressional 3rd District.

    April 7, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • ITGUY

      Excellent

      April 10, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dcheneyrules@gmail.com

    Who cares? How about we worry more about electing good, honest politicians instead of worrying about their race.

    April 6, 2012 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • you know.

      there isn't any initiative by blacks to become senators or congressmen. honestly how many campaign posters/media ads/signs do you see in these time? cant know till you try.

      April 7, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • DNAgenes

      That's the problem, they're all bad.

      April 9, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. JoDell

    The reason there are not many US Senators or State Governors is that both elected office take years to build networks and the election of state wide voters. If we look at Patrick pf MA and Obama of Il, we if state elected representatives learning the art of politics and building alliances. Next they built statewide bases of influences before running for statewide offices. Then they energized the electorate. I remember in the 1980s Tom Bradley lost the California Governors office by 5K votes because the electorate was not energized enough. Until young minority persons understand the process and plan they will never win state wide offices.

    April 6, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • p41

      Wow, you really are a retarded-individual. Becoming a senator is as simple as being a crooked, lying, manipulating, back-biting, coward. There is no intricate recipe for working for the US Gov. Aside from the aforementioned, such and individual need only have a relative working there. It is a modern-day monarchy of thieving-thugs.

      April 8, 2012 at 3:57 am | Report abuse |
  12. whatthe?

    hopeandchange you're right the entire black caucus is under investigation much like the black shopper who enters certain stores at the same time as a white shopper. which one will be watched as a potential thief when they both could possibly be. yeah thats the reason there r no black senators. they are all crooks,right?

    April 6, 2012 at 6:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Lizzie

      So what do you want, affirmative action, divide equally between the races, even if they have no clue about anything.

      April 6, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • jason

        congrats we have a racist on the line

        April 6, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Brad

    I agree with what someone said about atheists being under-represented. It disgusts me that an atheist would be unelectable to the White House because people require someone to believe in something that doesn't exist in order to vote for them. Also, ummmm, does it appear the ceiling for black politicians is the Senate? Correct me if I'm wrong, but do we not have a black president who very well may be being elected for a 2nd term....

    April 6, 2012 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
    • glaws

      It is about time we had A(1) black President in over 200 years. Actually, anybody but a Caucasian would have been significant. How does 1 represent an entire country? There are a lot of people who think 1 is TOO MUCH... In America, every minority has always had to fight to get any rights, never mine equal(epic battles), such as the Right to vote, Right to attend the same schools, Heck the Right to Vote has to be signed every so many years. So tell me again.. Why we, and as we, I mean all people, should be excited to have 1 Black President and no Black Senators..

      April 6, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
      • Trent

        What "back" president? I think you mean White African – American, or Multatto

        April 6, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
      • Brad

        Politicians aren't meant to put into office to reflect a racial snapshot of society. I was just commenting on the aspect of the article where the writer said there is a ceiling that stops at the senate. Barack Obama broke that ceiling. I'm not excited that we have no black senators, I'm also not upset we have no black senators, I don't really care what someone's race is, I don't vote on party lines or racial lines, I vote on platforms and the person, I am excited there is a black president because it demonstrates that the top level of politics is achievable for someone of a race that was (and still, albeit to a lesser extent) persecuted in this country. Those who hold political offices are representative of the majority – mostly white, christian males. Hence, my atheist comment, as I am an atheist, that you will never in your lifetime or my lifetime see an atheist president.

        April 8, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  14. GeorgeMc

    AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL!!???, ...Whites are Racist!, ...Blacks are Racist!, ...Hispanics are Racist!, ...YES!, ALL are Racist!

    April 5, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cambride Ray

      (1) Racism implies hate, belief in race superiority and desire for supremacy.

      (2) The ones with the most (power, resources, etc) have more responsibility.

      (3) No justice (ie no equality), no peace

      April 6, 2012 at 6:25 am | Report abuse |
      • Unit34Ahunter

        No peace, no peace.

        April 6, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. sara

    Telling isn't it. Their money isn't long enough or their connects aren't powerful enough. Now who is wearing the "hoodies'"?

    April 5, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Kelly

    That is moronic!

    April 5, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  17. bob_lawbla

    So what. Will "Affirmative Action for the Senate" be the next piece of legislation that the SOTUS has to decide?
    This is government "by the people" and "for the people" if someone is qualified and can generate the support I don't care what demographic they represent.

    April 5, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • sara

      You nor I.

      April 5, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • GeorgeMc

      Uuuuummmhhh!, ...Wondering if you have the nerve to tell everyone what you mean by "SOTUS?"

      April 5, 2012 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • nick

        Senate of the United States, perhaps?

        April 6, 2012 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
  18. yahmez the mad

    If you want to complain about a lack of diversity, atheists are under represented, as are plumbers, welders, truck drivers or any group you can name other than rich white men.

    April 5, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  19. GrouchyKat

    If Democrats are that concerned, the Gentleman from Maryland – Sen. Ben Cardin – should allow the contender C. Anthony Muse the spot. After all, Mr Muse was a strong contender against the white Senators. Oh, wait. That would mean a Democrat would have to not be a hypocrite. Ummmm...good luck Mr. Muse.

    April 5, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    That is funny!

    April 5, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Brian

    Pretty simple, do the math. If African-Americans (read that as black) citizens don't run for office with solid political platforms – they won't be elected and hence the ratio in the Senate will not change. If affluent black Americans don't jump in the political circle with the affluent white Americans ..... the end game is the same.

    The Senate is not the place for quotas, of any kind. If you don't run for office, you can't get the votes, and hence won't be elected.

    This isn't racist at all – merely a statement of fact.

    April 5, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • nick

      -exactly. Well said, I agree with you. If they don't run, they cant win. That's why. garbage article.

      April 6, 2012 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Unit34Ahunter

      That and your campaign platform has to reach beyond the agenda of "more for people who look like me."

      April 6, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • Trent

        Racist, are we?

        April 6, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  22. cynic

    Can we just get a black women in congress so we can satisfy the quota? I mean it happens everywhere else in life, racial minorities getting advantages in hiring or admissions because white people feel guilty.

    April 5, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • JaeB

      A racist answer. I was hoping you were being sarcastic, but I don't think so. So, in this particular instance, tell me what "advantage" African Americans have? What "Affirmative Action" program translates to ZERO representation? What "minority program" won SIX out of 1931 senatorial seats? Your comment is absurd, especially since we were formed as nation because of "taxation without representation." Does that not apply to black people? Is your hate so ingrained that any success for African Americans is too much? That's sick. That's the mentality of someone who believes in slavery. Hide behind the new racism all you want - "I'm not a racist; the President is black" etc – but it is still racism and it is our nation's biggest obstacle to further greatness. Racists are homegrown terrorists who hold us back, divide us and keep talented people from pushing forward our progress. We have a saying, "You can be an American or a racist. You can't be both."

      April 5, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • shaka

        what do you mean taxation without representation? there's plenty of powerful blacks in politics, including one you might have heard of that sits in the oval office. the writer of the article mentions that only two blacks are running for senate this year. that's the problem. how can you expect blacks to hold a representative population in the Senate when only two run?

        April 5, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • JoJo

        I can't believe you are trying to make an argument based on

        "taxation without
        representation"

        are you kidding?

        Not only is the argument ridiculous, but I might add that most blacks don't pay taxes they spend other peoples taxes.

        April 5, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Sickofit

    Newsflash: White males dominate the world. Are we supposed to be surprised by this article?

    How about the fact that women are 50+ percent of the population, but only 17% of the Senate?

    We'll have justice when we cast off white patriarchy, and not before.

    April 5, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  24. qwedie

    No Hoodies in the US Senate.

    April 5, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • joe

      You Lie!

      most are wearing white hoodies!

      April 5, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ellb

        That's the truth!

        April 8, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Keith

    If there is a ceiling in politics for African-Americans, how did an African-American become the President?

    April 5, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Trent

      I think you mean White African-American

      April 5, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
      • Trent

        So you would know this how, Mrs Klan with a Tan?

        April 5, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
      • JoJo

        "WHITE AFRICAN AMERICAN" LMAO. Just like Zimmerman? White Hispanic...lol can't leave out the white in one and not the other. Nice! Unless its convenient of course.

        April 5, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Howard

      So because we have a black president (who is constantly under fire partly because he's black), we should assume that there is no ceiling? The ceiling doesn't say that NO black people are in politics. Only that they don't have a very good representation.

      April 5, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
      • Jude

        Wasn't GWB constantly under fire?? For 8 years? And wasn't he white? That's the biggest problem with having a (half) black president. Objections to his actions are immediately slammed with the RACE CARD.

        April 5, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • Trent

        That's White African American

        April 5, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dean

        Obama is not under fire cause he is Black, he is under fire because his vision for America is against what America stands for.

        April 5, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • Howard's Daddy

        There is a fundamental difference between Obama and every other US President before him: his race. If you really think that is not a problem to some Americans, then you are extremely delusional. It stands to question why Republicans disagree with him on almost every position, including the same positions they previously were in favor of. It reeks of something foul. I am not surprised one bit that extremists like the Tea Party reared their ugly heads after Obama became President.

        There is always a racial component in every facet of our society including politics. The more people deny this, the more divided they become. It is time people accept it, face the shame of it, discuss it, and finally overcome it.

        April 5, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cambride Ray

      Let's wait until about 13% of Senators are Black, not to mention 13% of presidents – Then you can talk.

      April 5, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
      • JoJo

        Does 1/2 black count as .5%?

        April 5, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • chill

      True enough,and other thanBurris, those five black Senators also won statewide elections and had to have received white votes to do so. It's likely true that most Black Congressmen and state officials tend to represent districts that are more liberal than their states and could have a difficult time on issues alone. Clearly there is a degree of bias with a minority of voters, but I think generally that established black Congressmen don't tend to run for the Senate because they know it's a long shot and they have far more impact by staying where they are, especially with their seniority.

      April 5, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Jude

      Affirmative Action – definition: giving a minority a position, regardless of the fact that they have no experience or are not qualified.

      That and White "Guilt". Lesson has been learned. It will never happen again.

      April 5, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • GrouchyKat

      Be careful. Logic confused the Democrats on the warpath.

      April 5, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  26. c

    Just the fact that you headlined the article this way tells me that CNN is a contributor to the racial divide among the nation right now. This nation had come so far and done so well until for political purposes the divide was jinnied up again and now there is more hate and vitriol than in forty years. It is beyond pathetic. News flash, we are not as racist as some of you want us to be. I know some comments on here look that way, but, we are not stupid either, we know all those racial slurs that pop up in comments are plants.

    April 5, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  27. Get a Life

    Who Cares,we shouldn't have the Blackcaucus if it weren't for gerrymandering.

    April 5, 2012 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  28. asdf

    In the 2008 election, blacks of all party stripes disproportionately voted for (now) President Obama. But given that the president is half black and half white, it doesn't seem like there is any ceiling for anyone in this country.

    April 5, 2012 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Trent

      The proper term, though archaic, would be mulatto.

      April 5, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • Esho

        If you are a racist it is.

        November 30, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • Trent

        Just what "race" is mulatto? don't tell me, let me guess...Self-Hating Anti-American Liberal victim with a gimme-gimme complex?

        November 30, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Jayleigh

    It's simple Math and not some agenda. African American congress-people are elected mostly in districts that are already themselves 90% African American . So it is not the minority in that situation. In Statewide elections, you are dealing with statewide populations. Even in the most Black southern states, way less than 50% of voters are African American....so the statistical shift and issues change. This is not surprising.

    April 5, 2012 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Cambride Ray

      Do all the explaining you want, but this is the skinny: For every 1 percent of people, those people should get one senator.
      Additionally: you are in denial. In addition to statistics, you should read history, sociology, etc.

      April 5, 2012 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
      • Mike R

        Every state gets 2 senators no more, no less. The demographic proportions of the state do not enter into the equation.

        April 5, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
      • smitvict

        So you're looking for equal outcome, not equal opportunity.

        April 5, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Cambride Ray

      "are elected mostly in districts that are already themselves 90% African American ."

      Of course, that is because whites do not vote for blacks! White politicians, however, expect blacks to vote for them.

      April 5, 2012 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
      • Jorge

        If whites don't vote for blacks, then how was Obama elected?

        April 5, 2012 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
      • jeff

        I don't think he won the popular vote. He did win the districts with the most delegates., which have a high concentration of minorities.

        April 5, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
      • He won the popular vote

        @jeff He won the popular vote.

        April 5, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
      • smitvict

        And when there is a black candidate, how may blacks vote for the white? Look at the exit polls on Obama's election – almost without exception every voting black voted for Obama.

        April 5, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
      • Trent

        Then how did Allen West win a seat in the House in a district which is 82.3% white?

        April 5, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
      • Jude

        BHO won the popular vote by 3%. Not very good. 97% of all blacks who voted in the 2008 election voted for BHO. Now, doesn't that equal racism??

        April 5, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • Cambride Ray

        "If whites don't vote for blacks, then how was Obama elected?"

        I hear that there is Christian in Saudi Arabia! So, everything is fine!

        April 6, 2012 at 6:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Shawn L

      White's vote the party line. Black's vote the party line, and for race. If they had to choose between a black or a white candidate, most blacks will vote for the black one. Whites will be far more split.

      April 5, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
      • Trent

        You mean like Allen West a black man who got elected in a 80%+ white district?

        April 5, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Monica

      Here's the thing if the states are majority white, then you're argument seems to assume that they are only going to vote for a white candidate because they are the majority in the state. Let's say a qualified African American ran would he have a chance in a state that is majority white, which I would guess would be most states. If he or she doesn't have a chance why would that be?

      April 5, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Fried watermellon

    What we are experiencing with African Americans in congress is so pathetic you have to laugh about it.
    Here are 2 examples , go to "You Tube" and search:
    Congressman Hank Johnson on Guam
    Congressman Conyers on Health Care Bill
    These 2 are just an example of how degraded our Congress has become.

    April 5, 2012 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
  31. Name*Elliott

    Is it so strange for African, Americans to talk about A System.that Rapes our women men, and Children.Lies, Cheat, and Steal, and Murder. Our people has Been Used By this System for A Life time.So Is It Strange for this to be happen? When you have white Males who always Fear African, an African Americans Males.so they try to use our African American Ladys with Jobs to turn on African American Males.

    April 5, 2012 at 5:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Fried watermellon

      You have no idea of what your talking about.. Go out and get an education

      April 5, 2012 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
    • JL

      First, work on your writing. Your incorrect use of terms and capitalization do not reflect well on your intellectual status. Secondly, did you notice who our president is? Last time I looked he was black. Seems your statements about blacks not being able to be elected to higher office might be incorrect. Also, your writing shows you to have a grudge or bias against non-black Americans. Is this a result of how they feel or your own inner feelings against them?

      April 5, 2012 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
      • Trent

        No he is a Whitr African-Amercian

        April 5, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  32. Cambride Ray

    Let's see where the hatred comes from, shall we? The only ones qualified to make an statement identifying the party that attacks them are the victims of prejudice, persecution and racism themselves. Let's ask them, shall we?

    Here's their response:

    – Black folks voted for Obama, by a 98% margin.

    – Jewish folks voted for Obama, by a 75% margin.

    – Hispanic folks voted for Obama, by a 66% margin.

    – Oriental folks voted for Obama, by a 63% margin.

    – Gay folks voted for Obama, by an unknown margin.

    April 5, 2012 at 2:41 am | Report abuse |
    • fretlessbass

      Orientals? Oh my...

      April 5, 2012 at 4:01 am | Report abuse |
      • teachone70

        Oriental is a rug.

        April 5, 2012 at 5:17 am | Report abuse |
      • Cambride Ray

        Yes, ORIENTALS – From the ORIENT of Asia. Most specifically the Far East.

        The country with most whites in the world is Russia. It happens to be in ASIA. If oriental folks want to steal the adjective "Asian", we can tell hem: "Sorry, it is taken and it does not properly define your origin."

        April 5, 2012 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
      • Cambride Ray

        "Oriental is a rug."

        If a baby is born in a room where a rug is manufactured, they are both ORIENTAL. Same as an Irish car and an Irish person.

        April 5, 2012 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
      • Cambride Ray

        I happen to believe that if we have the terms "whites" and "blacks", we MUST also have the terms "browns" and "yellows".

        April 5, 2012 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
      • jeff

        Well, there has also been the red man for many years let's not forget.

        April 5, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
      • fretlessbass

        Cambride Ray... no (just no.) Irish people don't mind being called so because they are from Ireland. So, your defense is irrelevant, and here is why. It has been brought to the attention of the educated (many years ago) that oriental doesn't work in the context in which you used it. You used it as a blanket term for many countries in the Southeastern region of Asia and thus potentially offended people in that region because you called a Cambodian, for instance, the same thing as you did a Filipino. If you're going to spout off about insensitivity you may want to show some yourself.

        April 5, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • fretlessbass

        * If you're going to spout off about insensitivity you may want to be a little more sensitive in your own approach.

        April 5, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Cambride Ray

    "I can honestly say that my political candidate choice has nothing to do with race"

    There are A LOT of factors that affect our decisions – Some are CONSCIOUS, some are not. Your statement may be honest (no reason to doubt your sincerity) but not necessarily the truth.

    April 5, 2012 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |
  34. Cambride Ray

    "What about Asian senators? Hispanic senators? Indian senators? Arabic senators? etc..."

    That goes without saying – It is IMPLIED. What applies to a minority applies to the rest (with some exceptions).

    -Ramon

    April 5, 2012 at 2:26 am | Report abuse |
  35. OrangeW3dge

    It's plain obvious, younger non-white people, male or female, are just not capable of being Senators. Why give them the job?
    There is no sense in arguing this point. Older white men have always been the "deciders" in America. Jesus made it that way, and let no man tear asounder what God hath brought together, for ever and ever and ever and ever...

    April 5, 2012 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Cambride Ray

      "younger non-white people, male or female, are just not capable of being Senators."

      Marco Rubio: All GOP candidates wanted him as VP. People say he may be our next president (after Obama) in 2016.

      April 5, 2012 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |
      • Dvee8

        You need to understand the majority of white people, black people, Hispanics, Asian American and every other shade want what's best for Americans in general. Its the extremists omen both sides that is so detrimental to progression regardless of what u believe progression is. Its people like u with an obvious hatred for white people that continues to encourage "me vs. You" divisions in this country. Your spectrum has been narrowed to such a small window u will never change but u need to know u and people like u are the small devastating cancer on this nation that refuses to go into recession. White people aren't out to repress u! Quit wining and get a life.

        April 5, 2012 at 2:49 am | Report abuse |
      • Robert Yo

        I bet you, that Mr. Rubio regards himself as White... also Mr. Menendez, the other "latino" senator.

        April 5, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • dm nash

      ...more stupidity...please do inform when Jesus made it that way....please inform when Jesus lived in America(since it didn't exhist yet)....and how did he do it centuries after his death??? Do U not realize Jesus was a non-white of Jewish MiddleEastern backround???

      April 5, 2012 at 3:02 am | Report abuse |
      • Obvious

        I believe that was sarcasm.

        April 5, 2012 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
      • jeff

        Just so ya know, the founders of the United States were people with strong religious beliefs, that shaped the country.

        April 5, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Dvee8

      Low self asteem... no. Its obvious u get off on self indulgent shallowness. Once again get a life. The biggest problem with progressives is there more concerned with self satisfaction than the progression of society. How is driving the nation apart progression?

      April 5, 2012 at 3:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Jesus was not white like a US senator from Kansas

      April 5, 2012 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
      • Trent

        Have you seen the Hebrew people of Israel lately? Look aweful white-bread to me.

        April 5, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ari

      "Jesus made it that way." HAHA! I'm sure Jesus, a man likely of Arabic or African origin, really gave a frak about the US Senate. Ahaha!

      April 5, 2012 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  36. larry5

    Will there be a chance for black people that are not from Africa?

    April 5, 2012 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Cambride Ray

      Australia.

      April 5, 2012 at 2:20 am | Report abuse |
  37. takenobull

    In the House all the blacks represent only blacks in their district. That is why the go by the name of the BLACK caucus. If Blacks want to be Senators they have to be less racist.

    April 5, 2012 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Cambride Ray

      "In the House all the blacks represent only blacks in their district."

      That happens to be THEIR JOB DESCRIPTION of ALL representatives, moron!

      April 5, 2012 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
      • OrangeW3dge

        Gol, Ray. You still here calling people rude names? How long?, 5 hours already?

        April 5, 2012 at 2:18 am | Report abuse |
      • Cambride Ray

        "You still here calling people rude names?"

        That was the one and only one – Couldn't resist.

        April 5, 2012 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
      • Cambride Ray

        I withdraw my comment. I misunderstood the post.

        April 5, 2012 at 2:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Commojoe

      Hey, man, didn't you know? Black folks can't be racist, at least according to Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. only eeeevil white fols is racist! We don't have a black senator yet because a black person hasn't come along who can either lie well enough (like Bozobama did) or actually have the set of values and positions that will appeal to ALL people in any particular state. Find a black American who CAN represent EVERYONE in any state or who can lie well enough and there you go!

      April 5, 2012 at 2:08 am | Report abuse |
      • fretlessbass

        You should change your name to C'mon Joe...

        April 5, 2012 at 4:04 am | Report abuse |
  38. Raebo

    If Tot mom was black she could be a Senator if she ran in a southern state.
    Racism always goes both ways

    April 5, 2012 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
  39. indianinusa

    Democrats have Alvin Greene! To those who peddle the conspiracy theory that the Republicans funded him, then you admit that you are not intelligent because all it takes to get the Democrat voter to vote like sheep is 10000 dollars to put up a black guy and he does not even have to campaign or articulate his positions! Yet, you will vote for him!

    If you stamped his name without the Republicans paying him 10,000 dollars, you are dumb. If you stamped his name after the Republicans paid him 10,000 dollars, you are dumber than even the Republicans who did not think of helping Alvin Greene campaign!

    April 5, 2012 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
  40. josh rogen

    send Obama back to the senate

    April 5, 2012 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  41. Cassarit

    Senate seats like governorships and judgeships are a measure of a group's economic power. The black community doesn't have much economic power because its leasdership is made up of a bunch of corrupt go-betweens who keep them in check in times of trouble.

    April 5, 2012 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
  42. maria

    I just can't believe it we have a ex -Black Panter in the Congress only in America! why is he not in jail ? that is sad,for sure he was not a priest ! !

    April 5, 2012 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
  43. sgdfgb

    these questions are stupid. can't they ask something that's not precise numbers that no one in their right mind would know?

    April 5, 2012 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  44. ari

    muse torpedoed his own campaign when he sent out anti-semitic fliers (his opponent ben cardin is jewish). i have no sympathy for him or anyone who voted for him.

    April 5, 2012 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
  45. pee

    El Monte Slim,the examples i gave,makes it clear that Blacks and Whites are the same.

    April 5, 2012 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Cambride Ray

      In what respect?

      April 5, 2012 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
  46. Dvee8

    Really?? With the made up stats again. .33 x 17%... 5.6% of the voting pool is needed to make an election possible?

    April 5, 2012 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Cambride Ray

      Are you familiar with the electoral system in the US? Does "Electoral College" ring a bell? Hispanics HAPPEN to be in some extremely critical states. All it takes is ONE vote to decide an election, BTW. The irony of ironies is that according to some scenarios, it seems that the Hispanics of ARIZONA (ring a bell?) are going to decide this election.

      "Revenge is a dish better served cold" – Chinese Proverb.
      "Arizona is [for the first time] up for grabs" – John McCain

      April 5, 2012 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Cambride Ray

      "The idea that 5 percent of the vote is needed to swing an election is insane."

      Actually it is less than that, A LOT LESS. The actual number is 1/126,000,000. Specially when you have 2 candidates ONE VOTE can tilt the election one way or the other.

      April 5, 2012 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Cambride Ray

      "Whoever wrote the article is as skewed as you."

      Are you saying that Faux lies to you? Why do you think they created a new site, just for Hispanics?

      The term "brown-nosing" takes a whole new meaning!

      April 5, 2012 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Dvee8

      Just as "one" vote will offset one other vote. The lack of 5% only needs to be offset by an opposing 5%. But all elections are decided by less than 5% right. Guess the term landslide is just a geological event

      April 5, 2012 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Cambride Ray

      "Just as "one" vote will offset one other vote."

      Dvee, Let's say that I go into business with the following gentlemen:

      – Rockefeller has 49% of the stock
      – Rothschildt has 49% of the stock.
      – Little old me have 2% of the stock.

      Assume further that the 2 billionaires hate each other and can never agree on anything... Question:

      Who is on the driver's seat?

      April 5, 2012 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Dvee8

      "According to some scenarios"? Acordding to some scenarios the earth will end this year. I read it somewhere so it has to be true. How can you speculate the election will come down to Arizona? All speculation and opinion

      April 5, 2012 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Cambride Ray

      "Acordding to some scenarios the earth will end this year."

      How come NOBODY has challenged the Time magazine issue? They happen to be one of THE most respected publications worldwide. Incidentally: Faux and Jeb Bush (and Gingrich) are in agreement with me.

      April 5, 2012 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |
  47. Aces Full Mike

    I couldn't believe that broad when I saw her on tv, she was an absolute disgrace and embarrassment, how do they keep voting for these clowns?

    April 5, 2012 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
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