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 isnโ€™t getting much attention among a wide field of contenders.

Out of 100 U.S.ย  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. Peikovianyi

    Did CNN figure out how many are gay? Go ahead, start some rumors.

    April 5, 2012 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Cambride Ray

      I believe there are two openly gay congressmen: Barney Frank and some other, also Democrat (duh!).

      April 5, 2012 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
      • Scott Spitzer

        Jared Polis of Colorado.

        April 5, 2012 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  2. pee

    The assertion that the white skin is better than the black skin,where does that assertion comes from?I know it doesn`t comes from the Bible so who said it?To me, both Blacks and whites are the same.There is a blood that circulates in the white skin.Same blood color circulates in the Black skin.The white have one head,two ears,two eyes, two hands,two legs plus they walk,talk,eat,and etc. So as the Blacks.So to me,the whites and Blacks are the same.There is no difference.

    April 5, 2012 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Cambride Ray

      That is the way it should be. We have made a lot of progress, to be sure, but we need to make substantially more.

      April 5, 2012 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  3. Cambride Ray

    "You all will always praise the color of the skin waaaay above the content of anyone's character."

    Why do you say that your fellow bagger, Marco Rubio, has no character?

    April 5, 2012 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  4. peter

    Mr. Ray,
    you, Sharpton, Jeremiah Wright and all his happily clapping audince of decades, Jesse Jackson , ... are the root cause of black's misery. You all will always praise the color of the skin waaaay above the content of anyone's character.

    April 5, 2012 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
  5. Bob Brown

    When you learn to write, "none is" instead of "none are" I'll believe you're smart enough to lecture me.

    April 5, 2012 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  6. dcheneyrules@gmail.com

    Might as well just give Barry 4 more years, "experts" know everything. It's all about the economy genius. If it improves he wins, if it gets worse he loses. Not even white guilt can save him.

    April 5, 2012 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  7. Anti NeoNeo

    Am I really suprised??? Hell no! This shows how racism is going to destroy America. So be it blanco america,so be it.

    April 5, 2012 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Sergio

      You are probably saying that racism is too strong among black Americans? Last couple weeks showed this even stronger, when mobs demanded arresting a man just for a reason of not being black, and this was even supported by some politicians. Do we need people in politics who put their race above the law and the country?

      April 5, 2012 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
      • dm nash

        Really??? Protesters wanted him arrested for not being Black???? I DO believe it has to do with fact he followed and killed an unarmed teen (after police told him NOT to follow) who was simply walking home from the store.
        I suppose if this happened to your family member for no reason you'd just be ok w/it...

        April 5, 2012 at 3:20 am | Report abuse |
  8. Anonymous

    I guess it is time for Affirmative action in congress and the senate. Mandate that a percentage of seats MUST be filled with African Americans, a percentage with Hispanic, a percentage with Asian, a percentage middle eastern.

    April 5, 2012 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
    • El Monte Slim

      And lions, and tigers, and bears . . . OH MY!

      April 5, 2012 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Alan

      That would be about 13% for blacks, 15% or so for hispanics, some neglible number of others, and the rest white (around 70%).

      April 5, 2012 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Cambride Ray

      Don't be silly. We would need quotas for gun lovers, for pacifists, for gays, etc.

      The perfect representation is an IDEAL, something we should all strive for. It cannot be enforced. It is in the country's interest that every group is represented (more or less) proportionally. That is why it is called "representative democracy".

      April 5, 2012 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
  9. Carl

    Why no black senators? Not enough Colin Powells and Andrew Youngs. Too many Al Sharptons and Maxine Waters.

    April 5, 2012 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
    • El Monte Slim

      Don' fergits 'bout Buckwheat!

      April 5, 2012 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
      • Canyonkat

        You're offensive, Slim. This white, educated grandmother will forever work to keep distance between you and innocent children. You're type is a disgrace and a menace to society.

        April 5, 2012 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Cambride Ray

      Perhaps Trayvon Martin was going to the next Colin Powell/Andrew Young. We will never know...

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

        or the next inmate in prison, same as millions before him, and millions to follow...

        April 5, 2012 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
  10. Right

    Is there not a single Democrat senator who will offer to step down and have a black man appointed to his or her seat? I suppose we know how far their concern for the black person goes. Just so long as they still have your vote.

    April 5, 2012 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Cambride Ray

      Princess Diana, the Kennedys or Diego de La Vega never gave a penny to the poor. They are however, my heroes.
      -Ramon De La Vega

      April 5, 2012 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  11. Marty

    America has finally learned its lesson after a black senator from Illinois destroyed this country.

    April 4, 2012 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marty

      That's a good one, troll!

      April 5, 2012 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
    • peter

      This topic is STUPID, RACIST. Makes me mad. Let people be elected for thei character, not the color of their skin. And this idiotic insistence on "even representation by skin color" is utter nonsense. Why not by the size of their nose??? Or let me give you a btter one for even representation. Wanna have "even representation by skin color" in the NCAA basketball teams? In the NBA? In the NFL?

      April 5, 2012 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
      • BobInCA

        AMEN! Well said!

        April 5, 2012 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  12. Larry David

    What about Alvin Greene? He is, by far, the most capable black man to rise to the senate.

    April 4, 2012 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cambride Ray

      Greene was a ringer, financed by Republicans, to split the Black vote.

      April 5, 2012 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  13. twang

    People are starting to realize that monkeys and politics dont mix

    April 4, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • JP

      Are you serious, GOD will forgive you because you dont know what you are saying.

      April 5, 2012 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
      • Cambride Ray

        "Are you serious, GOD will forgive you because you dont know what you are saying."

        Jeb Bush and others are saying the same thing...

        April 5, 2012 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  14. Paris Williams

    I am a 24 year african-american/black male, I could care less about the race, please just do your job and the people right!!!!!gn

    April 4, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cambride Ray

      It doesn't bother you that you Black folks don't have representativity in Congress? You must be Republican, then.

      Wars have been fought about this issue, countries have been born (such as THIS one).

      April 4, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • Nah

        cambride: "It doesn't bother you that you Black folks don't have representativity in Congress? You must be Republican, then."

        Yeah. You're right. You know why? Because Blacks, like women and Whites, are all human. The interest of one person, regardless of race or gender, should be equivalent to others.

        April 4, 2012 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. 23 from texas

    You are 100% right. Way to speak up! We should vote for whoever represents our values. What poeple look like should not change our vote. Shame on you CNN for spreading such discontent. We need stories that will bring Americans together, not tear us apart because of where we came from.

    April 4, 2012 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  16. I'm BINGO fuel!

    The greatest lie the Devil has ever told IS; convincing the world he doesn't exist! Republican, Democrat, Marxist, Communist, Atheist, Catholic, Black, White, Red, Brown, Yellow, Rich, & Poor, there is one fate we ALL share! "From Ashes You Came, and Dust You Shall Return".........

    So live, and stop the Hate. Racism is the mentality of a DEVIL! There are a lot of Devils in this room!

    April 4, 2012 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  17. chet

    We should have picked our own damn cotton.

    April 4, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • august washington

      Too lazy.

      April 5, 2012 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  18. ug

    The black community should be mad at this racist comments made by cnn...

    April 4, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cambride Ray

      Racism necessarily implies hatred. Where is the hatred?

      April 4, 2012 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • Nah

        cambride: "Racism necessarily implies hatred. Where is the hatred?"

        No, no it doesn't.

        You can look down on African-Americans like you can to women and think that, like children, they need help and support because they're "not" equal.

        You can be racist, therefore, without trying to subjugate anyone.

        April 4, 2012 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  19. bad2worse

    Black, green, purple. Who the hell cares what color they are? How about one that can do the job. That will be a first.

    April 4, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  20. mema

    Bnfl0028 you must be a closet CNN lover, thats why your here and took time out of your pathetic life to get real news. Shhhhh its ok I wont tell.

    April 4, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Norm

    My first thought was they were talking about the lack of African-Americans in the NHL and the Ottawa Senators in particular and I was like "WHO CARES???". Then I read and realized they were talking about the lack of African-Americans in Congress and the Senate in particular and I was like "WHO CARES???"

    April 4, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  22. 1776

    Stupid Propaganda.

    April 4, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cambride Ray


      Wanna see some figures? Facts? Projections? US Census data? (scroll down)

      April 4, 2012 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  23. ICanHazCheezburgr (AKA S1N)

    You are the worst troll ever. At least put some effort into it.

    April 4, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  24. OrangeW3dge

    Black Senators? Who cares? We're worried that we might have a Black President next year."

    Classic, at least someone is willing to come out of the closet and admit that this is their true agenda. Ironically, naming themself "Reagan" – thanks for verification, I suppose supremacists will have to work on their camoflage now...

    April 4, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nah

      It's called "trolling".

      April 4, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  25. kjorington

    As a white professional registered nurse, I BELIEVE the state of white racism to be robust & ignorant as demonstrated on the blogs people have responded to this article with. We have oh so far to go to finally put down our arms in the war to keep white people privledged & hateful. Hey haters: love is the only answer, ask yourselves why you are so callous, hateful & unhappy?

    April 4, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • OrangeW3dge

      fear?, guilt?

      April 4, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harlon Katz

      Maybe some of us "white" people (I am actually more pinkish) are tired of being labeled the "racists" when it is black people that seem to value skin color over qualifications more. It is not "hatred" or racism – it is being fed up with the hypocrisy and for being blamed for things you have had no control over.

      April 4, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • bad2worse

      Humans have come far, but evolution takes time.

      April 4, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Harlon Katz

    That could also be a comment on all the stupid people who got upset by the word but had NO IDEA of the meaning.

    April 4, 2012 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Cambride Ray

    "If current Hispanic voting and demographic trends continue (*), as early as 2020 the Republican party will be unable to get enough electoral college votes to win another presidential election EVER"

    – The Wall Street Journal, not quite a liberal rag

    (*) The trends have accelerated, thanks to Arizona and the Tea Party.

    Political pundits are trying to predict how long will it be between the time Hispanics become a majority in Texas (they are already, in Houston) and the time the GOP ceases to be a national political party.

    April 4, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dvee8

      Hispanic voters only made up 7% pf votes in 2010 congressional elections. Out of 17% of population. Populating doesn't matter if u don't vote

      April 4, 2012 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • Cambride Ray

        In other words: If you think that the Hispanics have a disproportionate political power, well get ready for what is coming. The participation of Hispanics in elections is expected to TRIPLE in the coming elections (from 7% to 21%). Meanwhile, the GOP is committing demographic suicide: We Hispanics have better memory than the elephant!

        April 4, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dvee8

        If they stood to lose anything it was 2010 when they lost the senate majority. You say expected to triple I say y? What's your source? Your imagination

        April 4, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • Cambride Ray

        "You say expected to triple?"

        Let's say that it will happen in 2040, when Hispanics are 50% of America (so you are not too scared)

        My point is that IT WILL HAPPEN. It is happening already, much sooner than expected.

        April 4, 2012 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dvee8

        So u are making up stats. 30% of Latinos are rep. That number can always change assuming all Latinos aren't as racist as u. The point to be made is maybe u should spend less bigoting on CNN and rally your people to vote

        April 4, 2012 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
      • Cambride Ray

        @Dvee8: "So u are making up stats."

        Do you know how to click on a URL? I have posted several. BTW: When can we expect to see your opposing article in the Wall Street Journal???

        ps: De Nile is not just a river in Egypt.

        April 4, 2012 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  28. MRmedicinebox

    Patterson, Former Governor of New York, is a big part of the reason that the white vote won't support blacks in high office. Whenever I consider voting for a black man or woman, I remember how Paterson pardoned all those black criminals in his last days in office. He was probably the worst Governor in New York's history and people don't soon forget that he governed with extreme bias against those that weren't black. And Burris was another fine example – he bought his seat then couldn't do the job. I think it will be a long time before there is another black senator and it is in part because people fear what they will do, or try to do in office.

    April 4, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • bnfl0028

      How about Mayor Barry smoking crack in Washington

      April 4, 2012 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • OrangeW3dge

        Sure, how about Nixon and Watergate? how about Reagan in Iran/Contra? hope about GW Bush and WMD's?

        April 4, 2012 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Cambride Ray

    Referring to Hispanics "Americans are paying attention" wrote:

    "I just want all of them (who are already here) to become citizens."

    There are 51 million Hispanics in the USA. About 45 million are citizens (or legal immigrants).

    April 4, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • El Monte Slim

      How do you know? Are you a bean counter?

      April 5, 2012 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
  30. Dr. mantis

    This subject will be covered by Soledad O'Brien in "Black in America 11". Ever wonder how this moron was admitted to Harvard?????

    April 4, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cambride Ray

      Sooooo, how's the search for the minority (aka DECIDING) vote coming along????

      April 4, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dr. mantis

        The voter ID laws will take care of that, AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

        April 4, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  31. jlt

    Most of the race based laws of the in this country and all such laws were enforced until the
    early nineteen sevenities. All white people who benifited from 100% white affirmative action

    April 4, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • jlt

      There are tens of millions of white people still alive in the USA who benifited from
      100% white affirmative action.

      April 4, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  32. OrangeW3dge

    Some people in America think that Race is a race.

    April 4, 2012 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  33. MRmedicinebox

    I have a solution – how about all the black people move to one State and then they will have an overwhelming Majority and can send two black senators to Washington.

    April 4, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  34. OrangeW3dge

    "Out of 100 U.S. senators, two are Latino, two are of Asian or Pacific Islander ancestry, but none are African-American." = Taxation Without Representation

    April 4, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dvee8

      Latinos and black community make up 30% of the population but in 2010 congressional elections the only made up 18% of the votes. 17% of population are Latino and they only made up 7%. Gotta want it bad enough to show up to the polls.

      April 4, 2012 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • OrangeW3dge

        You left out the statistics for the "other" groups

        April 4, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cambride Ray

      That so-called "representation" is FAR from ideal, Billy. How would you like if there were no women in Congress, for instance? (or no men).

      April 4, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      (i) very true, start pumping out good candidates and get your OWN base excited -dont whine when there is none of your guys on the list if you didn't work for it.

      Billy, part of your argument IS correct, the poster is wrong and Texas does have representation – but calling him a retard serves no value in your argument. You only belittle your position.

      April 4, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • OrangeW3dge

      Perhaps, ifthere were no people named Billy, Bill, William, Will...get the point yet?

      April 4, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Susie

    It is very simple, most candidates who win the Senate seats are moderate republicans or democrats. Minorities who run for national office tend to be reactionaries or have extremely liberal voting records.

    April 4, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Fine then leave, you wont be missed

      April 4, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
      • El Monte Slim

        No! You leave! Nyah!

        April 5, 2012 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Cambride Ray

      Susie: That has to me the most imbecile comment posted here...

      April 4, 2012 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Malcolm


    April 4, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cambride Ray

      I agree!!!! Yeah!

      (psst: Hmm, err, who?)

      April 4, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Americans are paying attention

      Yes, Obama, Jesse, the black panthers..... are racist

      April 4, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Michael Q

    There will always be a race war when you slam the door in their faces yet expect them to contribute an equal amount in an unfair system. Go figure. You sound like a real good white Republican supporter who works in a menial job believing what his masters tell him so that if he's a real good boy he can be a boss like them some day in the future. In the meantime, keep supporting who we tell you to vote for or we'll be overrun by all those third world people and you will never get ahead as they take over your menial job unless we've already shipped it overseas for tax advantages and for our shareholders benefit.

    April 4, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harlon Katz

      Equal – you believe that african americans contribute EQUALLY. Yes, there are more white people on welfare, but AS A PERCENTAGE OF THE POPULATION, african americans are greatly over-represented in the taking class of Americans.

      April 4, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Americans are paying attention

    Smart Americans (black, white, asian, hispanic....) see what Obama and some of the black senators seeking re-election are doing. They are trying to divide this nation in order to rally their supporters. That's why Obama and these Senators won't be re-elected. However, Americans are also buying guns at record rates just in case they are re-elected (check it out on some crediable news outlets). Let's hope we pull through this together and start tacking the real issues that are threatening this country.

    April 4, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • mema

      Sometimes I lay under my blanket and pretend Im a carrot.

      April 4, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
      • Americans are paying attention

        Or a bird that sticks its head in the sand. Same thing.

        April 4, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • mema

        No Americans are paying attention Im not going to let some "race-bait" topics get me in a tiff as you have. Its all propaganda to draw extreme comments like the ones posted here. Just look at almost every race, religion, ethnicity topic that is put up. Humm yes on these there IS a place to comment. Ever wonder why? Duh. So my first comment was not intended to offend but a light hearted comment.

        April 4, 2012 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOZO the CLOWN

      Please identify the black senators that are tying to get re-elected!

      April 4, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Reagan80

    Black Senators? Who cares? We're worried that we might have a Black President next year.

    April 4, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • OrangeW3dge

      YES,, I'm sure you are

      April 4, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  40. chris

    They can't run as a republican without fear of being called oreos by the brainwashed liberal fools.

    April 4, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Arizona Yankee

    After Obama and Holder, IMO, it will be a long time before blacks get elected to much of anything. This group has shown beyond a shadow of a doubt that race it the primary issue, and handouts are the way to go...The country has had enough. Assimilate, get a job and contribute....

    April 4, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cambride Ray

      "Assimilate"??? What do you mean "assimilate"? In reference to Blacks?

      I am afraid you confused the speech in your notes. That one is for Hispanics, not Blacks.

      De nada,


      April 4, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • Americans are paying attention

        Hispanics arent afarid to roll up their sleaves and work (as a whole). I just want all of them (who are already here) to become citizens and pay taxes.

        April 4, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • OrangeW3dge

      You were referring to the white supremacists to assimilate, right?

      April 4, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Cambride Ray

    I can never figure out what is wrong with the so-called "race baiting". The term implies judgment value, for starters. If the media and academia cannot pose PROVOCATIVE questions (which happens to be in their JOB DESCRIPTION), then who can?

    April 4, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • El Monte Slim

      Joe can! . . . "Joe Mama," that is . . . Like, "Hey, sailor! New in town?" . . .

      April 5, 2012 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
  43. Michael Q

    When a rural backwoods Montana can elect two Senators from a population around 1 million, (and we know how strong the minorities are out there in the hills), but the urban centre of New York State with how many millions can also only elect two Senators, if you can't see the real problem with your Senate offering equal representation then why debate the issue?

    April 4, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • hola

      Senate represents the states.
      Congress represents the people.

      Whether Montana a state has 1 person or 200 million, as extreme examples, would not affect how many Sentors it may have to represent it.

      April 4, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • Cambride Ray


        A senator represents The People of his state.
        A representative represents The People of a smaller part of his state.

        April 4, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Billy

      I'm sure your much wiser than our founding fathers.

      April 4, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harlon Katz

      Did you really not pay attention in school – this should all have been covered by 8th grade – did you make it that far?

      April 4, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  44. no pretenders

    this may actually raise the combined IQ of the senate

    April 4, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  45. sabina barnes

    Hey,cnn did you find another topic im still waiting.

    April 4, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Triple A

      That's what I like, a comment followed by an expectaion. Nice touch ๐Ÿ™‚

      April 4, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  46. sabina barnes

    Let stop making anymore comments,and see if cnn gets it, people would like to talk about a more positive subject. Color isnt it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Cnn you all can do better than this.

    April 4, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • OrangeW3dge

      you first

      April 4, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Cambride Ray

    One of the reasons is this: Most Senators are millionaires. They represent the high classes, as opposed to the Representatives. (It was copied from the House of Lords and House of Commons in England).

    April 4, 2012 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harlon Katz

      The Senate was created to make sure that the large states did not totally trample the rights of the small states. It was all covered by 8th grade in most schools.

      April 4, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Jason S

    Could Obama's comments about Trayvon Martin be the cause? Or Spike lee's re-text? Or Rev. Al and Jesse? Or the Media?

    April 4, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Frank

    Oh gosh. Stop your whining.

    April 4, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cambride Ray

      Who? Me? Some other poster?

      April 4, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Triple A

    Easy there fella, just give CNN the rope. They'll do the rest.

    April 4, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Andrew111

    Let the hate flow through you... good... good...

    April 4, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  52. KeninTexas

    I'm not that surprised there are no black senators. If you look at the pool of potential candidates in the House, you'll see most are so extremest that they would not stand a chance in a statewide election. They have carved out a niche in their districts and pander to whatever extreme view makes them acceptable in their district. And so many of the black districts will only vote for the craziest of pols. Look at Maxine Walters and that nut in Houston, Sheila Jackson Lee. You can't get much wackier than these two. Opps, I forgot that ex-congresswoman from Atlanta, Cynthia McKinney. She is the top example that I can think of. Unless black congressmen actually step up and present themselves as professionals and leaders of ALL the people, you won't carry a statewide election. Congressman Lewis in Florida is an example of hope in these regard. He is a representative of the people and not just special interest groups or extremest causes.

    April 4, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • jlt

      Texas has to be the most backward state in the union when it comes to race relations.

      April 4, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
      • KeninTexas

        Thank you for your insightful and thought provoking response.

        April 5, 2012 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  53. Skunk ape

    Quit chimping out!

    April 4, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Andrew111

    I thought that this article was well written with no political or sensationalized tone, and it didn't merit your strong response. While some news may fan controversies to their own ends, I did not see any of this here. Also, I think its incredibly naive and close minded to think that the only reason racism exists is that people sometimes comment on race in the public domain.

    April 4, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  55. James

    It looks like we will never have a cross-eyed one legged albino Ashanti senator who leans to the left but walks to the right......sad but true.

    April 4, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cambride Ray

      You are using CRAPPY examples of minorities that don't reach 1%. Read this: for every 1% of the population, ONE Senator. You don't even have to do any math. Comprende ahora?

      April 4, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Klaark

    Well maybe the blacks should find their way to a polling booth now and again if this is an issue for them.

    April 4, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cambride Ray

      Klaark: I dare you to make a comment like that about us Hispanics. Have you seen the demographics projections? On behalf of our Black amigos, it will be a REAL PLEASURE to outvote you, your children and your raceest cohorts!!

      April 4, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • partysstink

        Then why dont you and get them in office. Dont sing it bring it.

        April 4, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • Cambride Ray

        @pattystink: "Dont sing it bring it."

        Esteemed Patty: We Hispanics are quite busy getting our 17 senators (we only have 2). It will be a pleasure to give a hand to our Black amigos. They are welcome to take advantage of our formidable political power that we are about to inherit in the coming years.

        April 4, 2012 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Cambride Ray

    @Harlon Katz wrote, in reference to the Mayflower, Pilgrims and Puritans:

    "Except the people who may have gained are now DEAD"

    They are!? Really!? This is great!! That means that you Anglos have NO CLAIM whatsoever on the US, and all the Mexicans can move in!

    April 4, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harlon Katz

      My family came to this country well past slavery. They were called many names and ill treated, but they prospered. They bettered themselves, and generation by generation my family has IMPROVED itself. Not through handouts, but rather through hard work.

      April 4, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
      • Cambride Ray

        Point taken, Harlon! AA is far from being an ideal situation and I look forward the day it is not needed.

        April 4, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • Harlon Katz

        @Cambridge – at this point, it probably causes more harm that good. You have people being put in situations due to AA where they are not really qualified (law school graduation rates as an example). We are harming society as a whole when we continue to socially promote people. Let people EARN their place.

        April 4, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Triple A

    I also believe that there are a shortage of White Black Latino Korean Senators. Stupid I know, but CNN started it.

    April 4, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cambride Ray

      NO, it is NOT stupid. Just figure out what is the percentage of "White Black Latino Korean Senators" in the US and that is EXACTLY the number of Senators that we should have.

      April 4, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • Triple A

        Well since you put it that way it makes sense. I had a DNA test on my dog and it told me it's mix of bloodline. Maybe we can do that with politicians and that way we can have the appropriate ratio.

        April 4, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • Cambride Ray

        Triple A: No need for DNA tests! You are (pretty much) what you consider yourself to be. (Hey, if JFK could be Berliner...) According to my DNA I am 100% Spaniard (of Nordic origin). I can become a greengo at any time, just shaving my mustache. I CHOSE to be Hispanic.

        April 4, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • Triple A

        100% Spainard, not bad anyone that has a 100% anything is pretty impressive. I'm afraid though if I had one done I'd come up 100% mutt ๐Ÿ™‚

        April 4, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cambride Ray


      NO, it is NOT stupid. Just figure out what is the percentage of "White Black Latino Korean People" in the US and that is EXACTLY the number of Senators that we should have. If there are less than 1%, they take turns.

      April 4, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Al

    Oh look, race baiting at CNN, that's something new.

    April 4, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cambride Ray

      Let's make a deal:

      You don't click, we don't cover.

      Signed: CNN

      April 4, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Retired Army

      Al.....No one here wants to here your whining about race baiting....

      If you don't like what CNN reports, then go someplace else......like FauxNoise, for instance.

      April 4, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Triple A

    CNN has just decided to come out of the closet and join the disdain for the White American. Ever since the Trayvor/White Latino Zimmerman incident CNN has shown it's true color and now several of their headlines are now nation wide race baiting.

    April 4, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew111

      There was nothing in this article that attacked white people or even accused them of racism. It only reported that minority representation in congress is very low (fact) and explored some possible associations and reactions by current representatives. Nothing was incendiary. I think you are projecting if you are so biased that you actually think this article was racist.

      April 4, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Triple A

      Hey Andrew, don't get in my way of poking fun at CNN ๐Ÿ™‚ They have had 5 or 6 headlines race baiting America. We don't need it. Quite frankly racisim is alive in America and not just White racisim (it gets all the attention). Racisim is within all races and if it is going to be reported it should be reported evenly (which it is not). All racisim should be challenged and all races should detest all racisim even within their own.

      April 4, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew111

      Race and racism is an uncomfortable subject. I would never claim that african americans or other groups are not racist or discriminatory because they clearly can be. Nothing in this article was racist or race-baiting. It presented us with an umcomfortable fact, that African americans and many other minorities are underrepresented in congress and started a dialogue about it without blaming anyone or calling it racism. While some articles may be "race-baiting," this piece was not, and I think it was a nice way to start a public dialogue about race in america.

      April 4, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  61. jgr

    Are those White Latinos or Black Latinos? Not that I believe that there are such persons or any decernable differences between people of different colors. But being that CNN introduced that racist distinction in the past few weeks, I just thought maybe they would want to continue with their mindless dribble.

    April 4, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cambride Ray

      16% of Americans are Latinos – There, since we believe in democratic REPRESENTATIVITY, 16 senators MUST be Latinos (roughly speaking).

      13% of Americans are (non-Latino) Blacks, therefore we need to have 13 Black senators.

      ..and so on.

      April 4, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • Retired Army

        Cambride......you "logic" is way to simplified for ANYONE to believe that it came from an adult.......

        April 4, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cambride Ray

      Retired Army: My professors at MIT, where I took classes of formal logic, statistics and probability beg to differ with you. What part of EQUAL REPRESENTATIVITY don't you understand?

      Perfect representativity (50% women, x% right handed people, etc.) is IDEAL. As such, it is something we STRIVE for, even if we never reach it.

      April 4, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • ICanHazCheezburgr (AKA S1N)

        Even without new voter ID laws, minorities are significantly less likely to vote (or even register to vote) than whites. Also, the impoverished are significantly less likely to vote than more affluent registered voters. Whether this has to do with a sense of futility in minority communities or different priorities is irrelevant. The fact that there are few minorities in Congress is the fault of the minority community. If that is a priority, they need to mobilize in their respective states and begin backing minority candidates. It also helps if they actually show up to vote for said candidates.

        April 4, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Linda

    Presumably we vote for the person we believe to be most qualified. I can't speak for others but when I vote I don't consider the racial makeup of the Congress–why would I? I take the same approach when I vote for my state senator and state representative. I'm not sure anyone can force me to put race first when I'm voting.

    April 4, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  63. stan el

    The primary reason there isn"t many blacks in the senate is the cost of campaigning for public office. Along with
    the fact that the Senate has always been viewed as a white millionaires club. Blacks will be better able to serve
    the public by monitoring the actions of the government,then organizing community watch groups that could by a
    dedmocratic process remove senators and house members whose idealisms run contrary to the job they were
    sent to do.

    April 4, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Sagebrush Shorty.

    I think a mind is a terrible thing.

    April 4, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  65. mommers

    Why are we even noticing race at all? Just vote for the most qualified candidate.

    April 4, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • SciGuy

      I doubt that the "most qualified candidate" is what dictates most peoples choice. In any event, the numbers of blacks being elected is below their national representation, so AA is needed to correct it. It's not hard, just add 10% to their totals in any election until they reach the right numbers.

      April 4, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • Andrew111

        Except that's not how affirmative action works at all, but thanks for trying anyway

        April 4, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • SciGuy

        That's precisely how it works Andrew. Perhaps you'd like to try to correct it...if you can.

        April 4, 2012 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • SciGuy

        Yeah, that's what I figured Andrew. Cheap talk.

        April 4, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • Andrew111

        Affirmative action is implemented in different ways by different organizations. It is not currently (or ever to my knowledge) implemented as the way you describe it. Schools may take it into account as a tie-breaker; if two candidates are equal they may elect to choose race as the deciding factor. There are many scholarships that are designed specifically for minorities. Other schools have adopted a strategy to recruit from the top 10% of each high school, which generally produces a more diverse class.

        I think affirmative action is mostly something that people like to blame when they failed at something.

        April 4, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Sagebrush Shorty.

    Sharpton will probably demand that Obama and Holder investigate this obvious injustice.

    April 4, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  67. SciGuy

    We need some affirmative action in Senate races. Maybe we could give any black candidates a 10% bonus until their numbers in the Senate come in line with their population percentages.

    April 4, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Benjamin Zhao

    This is actually a lesson for Obama. He has hardly done anything to promote the positive image of black people. I'm sure white people don't fear the reasonable law-abiding black people. So it looks like Obama's success won't be seen as black people's success. Black people will still support him in the election even though they don't get much back in the past.

    April 4, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Triple A

    With any luck there will not be a White Black President either. Or are we not doing the White Latino thing any more CNN? I don't quite have the handle on when it is convienent to do that and when it isn't.

    April 4, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • ivnprt

      I think CNN has surpassed that. They are up to White-Korean now

      April 4, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • Triple A

        Thumbs up ๐Ÿ™‚ I have been poking CNN about it for the last couple days now. My posts usually lasts about 20 minutes or so before they mysteriously disappear.

        April 4, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Redspotz

    I'll vote for whom I find to be the best candidate, regardless of gender or skin color. Particularly if the individual can replace one of the 100 clowns there now.

    April 4, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Big Fish

    And there is a disproportionate number of American Jews as senators (perhaps all are democrats). No one (chiefly our media) seems to comment. Perhaps our fellow black citizens should question why their democrat party, despite touting racial equality this and that, hasn't promoted black senators (let alone House Rep.).
    Food for thought.

    April 4, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Neoneo

    The United Penguin Flying Fund.

    A wing is a terrible thing to waste.

    April 4, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  73. hawaiiduude

    "No African-American senators likely in near future" So? Neither are there arabs or asians or pure native americans. So what?

    April 4, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • REC

      Blacks are sopose to be in charge, not asians or arabs.

      April 4, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tommy Perkins

      Actually it said there were two of asian or pacific islander decent.

      April 4, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  74. ankenyman

    I've never seen a new agancy as obsessed with color and racism as CNN. CNN is actually the biggest racist, because they try to keep racial division and conflict alive by their inflammatory stories.

    April 4, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rover

      The MSM hates YT.

      Observe how a "Latino" on black killing becomes an anti-white hate fest.

      April 4, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  75. krl

    I dont think about who is white or black when it comes to the senate seat i hope that one day we will be looked at as americans despite our skin complexion

    April 4, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Abe Lincoln

      It's not about color of skin. It's about content of character.

      April 4, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Robert

    Why don't we have more white NBA players???

    April 4, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • billy goat

      because they are horrible

      April 4, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • Harlon Katz

        Maybe you have just explained the issue with Senate candidates as well.

        April 4, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Petey Pablo

    Who cares? There's a black president and a ton of black congressmen. It's not like voters are racist either, it's just a coincidence.

    April 4, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harlon Katz

      You're right – it is not racist that black people vote for the black candidate 90%+ of the time. White people are much more likely to judge the candidate by more than race as you don't see that type of voting pattern.

      April 4, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Abe Lincoln

    Get a State with a population of 50 percent B l a c k and you might get a Senator. I suggest California for the migration.

    April 4, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  79. AJ

    As a Marylander, I would have loved to have voted for a person of color for Senator (black, Latino, Asian...), but he's very vocally against gay marriage. That's not exactly the best platform to bring into a Democratic primary in a pretty liberal state. That left me no choice but to not even consider him. So, in his case, it's not racism, at least not from me or most of the people I know. In fact I heard a number of friends and acquaintances say they would have liked to have voted for him, but couldn't purely because of that stance.

    April 4, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • ggg

      Why would you have loved to vote for someone with color rather than the the best qualified for the job??

      April 4, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • matt

      Is gay marriage the most important issue facing this country that an otherwise qualified candidate should be excluded on his/her position on this one issue.

      April 4, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • Enlightened 4

        Talk about a minority group.............

        April 4, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Lone

    Not a problem. Race doesn't qualify you for anything.

    April 4, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Retired Army

      Nor should race disqualify you for anything.

      April 4, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Yajirini Jahillahi

    Try telling that to somebody who tries to become a citizen of Saudi Arabia... or sees how some Saudis treat Indian and Filipino help

    April 4, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Runemout

    You're free to leave anytime!

    April 4, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Frank Garrett

    People are afraid of electing another Omaba

    April 4, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lone

      And the rest of us are afraid of people who boil things down to nonsense.

      April 4, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bigshott

        Is that like A-LONE. Now I get it.

        April 4, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  84. ...a laurel and hardy handshake..............

    It's the money base required for campaigning that determines the winning candidate in Senate elections. How difficult is it for an African-American to obtain this money from the PACs ?
    .. And we all know what an exclusive club the U.S. Senate maintains.

    April 4, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  85. mat

    Not sure why being black is even being considered. Does this make them better in some way? CNN does nothing but race bait. How about a special "White in America"? Or even better "People in America"? Just keep on picking that scab CNN.

    April 4, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      White in America is on everyday. Maybe you just don't realize it.

      April 4, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bigshott

        I live near Detroit, Its black killing black in America every day. I would love some white stories every once in a while.

        April 4, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Mike

    Well, it must be racism then.

    April 4, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • LikemyWeiner

      The reason reason black are out for two years is because whenever they win they become hype-wacko thinking that they are going to stump on all white ! They think that they have power to say and do whatever they can to white and other minority group of people. Frankly, I believe they are just like puppet they follow anyone who can help them lead the way. Many are just plain stupid to even consider running for senator. However, not all black are follower. I know one in particular that is a leader and a problem solver. His name is Senator Allen West a former U.S. Marine and a leader...But don't just take my words for it......

      April 4, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Shawn

    That's the Amerikkkan way!

    April 4, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Mark

    I think Obama set us back another 20 years:)

    April 4, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  89. larry5

    When this article was written did they consider black Americans that are not from Africa? My neighbor is black and he says he's not from Africa so why would he call himself an African-American. He says he's an American.

    April 4, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • allan

      Im a German American, if i want a German in office i go vote thats what its all about, What do blacks want a gift of so many votes added to the talley to make it fair????????

      April 4, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Dennis

    Senators are usually state wide voting districts. A canidate must appeal to the entire voting public. I don't think there is anything racist, just that the canidates need to be broad based in the appeal to the entire bank of voters.
    I have seen a great number people from all ethnic backgrounds that would be great Senators. Many choose not to run but have other interests or don't want to join the mess in DC. Can't we just be glad we live in America and have the right to vote for whom we choose. Can't we just be American, why all the labels? If you are looking to be offended you will be. If you are looking to help solve problems you will solve them. Who cares what background someone is from if he is American and wants SERVE does it matter if they are one race or another.

    April 4, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  91. So what?

    Racial diversity is not a requirement for a competent Senate

    April 4, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sandy

      But it might help

      April 4, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Chopswell

    Call ACORN. There's plenty of dead voters and subway stores that haven't voted yet.

    April 4, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • MaryM

      Call chopwell, there is plenty of bigotry there

      April 4, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • John


      April 4, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  93. HopeandChange

    I usually cast my vote based on competence and ability. Skin color isn't a selection criteria.

    Is this article suggesting only persons of a particular race can represent a district?

    I notice LA keeps electing Maxine Waters, who lobbied so her husband's bank OneUnited could get out of repaying their TARP bailout and stole Haiti relief charitable contributions. I notice Harlem keeps electing Charlie Rangel, who in the House finance committee writes the Internal Revenue Code but, oh gee, it's so complicated I forgot to declare income on my Dominican rental. I notice Chicago keeps electing Jesse Jackson Jr now under investigation for trying to buy Obama's vacated Senate seat.

    In fact, gee, about the entire Congressional Black Causus is under some kind of corruption investigation. So here's an idea: Instead of blacks blindly voting for fellow nee grows, why don't they start looking for competence and ability, and maybe some integrity?

    Oh, I see. Because blacks are helpless, needy, and dependent so they vote for whoever will give them the most government free stuff. Competence and ability have nothing to do with it.

    April 4, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • ron300

      To Hope and Change: Well said, and all true!

      April 4, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • lib

      @hopeandchange, so you are saying there are no corrupt whites in washington?? Yeah Right! Should continue the investigation of Bush and Cheney. Lots of others should be investigated in washington.

      April 4, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • Harlon Katz

        I think the issue is that black voters will vote for the black candidate IN SPITE OF his qualifications / legal problems. Due to that, the House members may not be appealing as a state-wide candidate. (D Smith is a IL state level example as well).

        April 4, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Tony

    This should be as relevant as how many left-handed senators are likely to be elected...Unless you're racist, that is..

    April 4, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  95. jim

    So, the senate is free from black racism for two more years. Great!

    April 4, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  96. judy

    keep pushing Muse

    April 4, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  97. MODU

    Who is the candidate in Florida running for the Senate seat that is black? I can't find the name anywhere.

    April 4, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  98. justaminit

    "No taxation without representation"? I bet if you checked, this is at least partly the result of the redrawing of districts by the Republicans. Of course, this will motivate minorities to vote for the rich white guy right?

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

      If they didnt want the redistricting then they shouldnt have shoved Obamacare down the peoples throat right before a cenus election year.

      April 4, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harlon Katz

      Except in Illinois where the Democrats gerrymandered better than any Republican to protect the Chicago Democratic crooks.

      April 4, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Brooke

    Tommy and donkey beer...............get a job and take your meds. Because your comments are low. That's the problem with some......

    April 4, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  100. tommy

    Let's have affirmative action ... you can get the seat even if you don't win the election.

    April 4, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • dionysusBeer

      Nobody is suggesting that at all. Please refrain from assaulting all of those poor strawmen.

      April 4, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • jlt

      Why did affirmative action only become a bad thing when non whites gained a little bit from it.
      A review of history will show whites gaining from 100% affirmative action for over two hundred
      years, Excluding people of color by many different laws was affiramative action in its pureest form.

      April 4, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • Harlon Katz

        Except the people who may have gained are now DEAD and those left "paying back" may not have even been in this country and have received NO benefit, just the bill.

        April 4, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
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