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By Terry Smith
Examines black electorate' courting to the political technique and to the 1st black president in a in advance post-racial the United States utilizing interviews with contributors of the Congressional Black Caucus, empirical information, information bills, educational literature and case legislation.
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C. members. And I don’t think there is anything wrong with that. They’re in business, and they want to deal with people who have influence and power. . Black people gamble. Black people smoke. Black people drink,” she said in an interview. ”113 There is absolutely nothing unusual about the fact that corporate interests seek to influence CBC members through available legal channels. But politics-as-usual is problematic for the CBC. ”114 Lee declares that CBC members are “unbossed and unbought,” as does every other congressman who receives corporate largesse.
Valeo is correct in its assumption that the appearance of undue influence can be as troubling as its actual existence, black politicos are placed in the awkward position of appearing compromised by the American political money chase but receiving few of the benefits that inure to their white counterparts. Let us examine Candidate X in one final iteration to explore the second way in which white political money threatens black political autonomy. Suppose that Candidate X, who is now Congressman X, is consistently progressive in his voting, and, moreover, is consistently outspoken on a number of black-related and non-race-related national and foreign policy issues.
But democracy is incompatible with political inequality, and one manifestation of the inequality bred by money is the underfinancing of candidates of color. This inequity compounds Shaw v. Reno’s judicially fabricated inequality that makes race a liability for African Americans when they seek representation in the political process but accords legal normalcy to a virtually all-white political party that seeks the same. The Court has at once made it more difficult to justify creating majority-minority districts while at the same time making it more difficult for black candidates to succeed in non-majority-minority districts because money is a constitutionally privileged political resource of which black candidates receive less.
Barack Obama, Post-Racialism, and the New Politics of Triangulation by Terry Smith