May 31, 2011 |
Princeton's Cornel West, one of the most famous black intellectuals in America, says that President Obama is afraid of "free black men. " Because of Obama's atypical upbringing, West says, "when he meets these independent black folk who have a history of slavery, Jim Crow, Jane Crow [sic] and so on, he is very apprehensive. He has a certain rootlessness, a de-racination. " With whom does the rootless cosmopolitan-in-chief find himself most comfortable? Jews and rich white men, says West.
December 7, 2006 |
The Congressional Black Caucus chose Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick to be its chairwoman for the next two years, when black lawmakers will wield more power in Congress than ever. Kilpatrick (D-Mich., a former teacher and the mother of Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, was chosen unanimously. She succeeds Rep. Melvin Watt (D-N.C.). Because Democrats will be in control when Congress convenes a new session Jan.
March 30, 2000 |
To the applause of a racially mixed audience in Columbia, S.C., President Clinton said the Confederate flag flying over the statehouse remains a painful and divisive symbol. But Clinton stopped short of saying outright that the flag should come down. He seemed resolved to keep the rhetoric low at a time when a compromise over the flag may be at hand.
July 30, 2008 |
Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois told House Democrats that as president he would order his attorney general to scour White House executive orders and expunge any that "trample on liberty," several lawmakers said. Presidents issue such orders to direct operations of executive branch agencies, such as the Justice Department and the CIA. President Bush used an executive order last year to breathe new life into the CIA's controversial terrorism-interrogation program that allowed coercive questioning of suspects.
May 5, 2011 |
Vice President Joe Biden said he had a "good, productive" meeting with members of Congress as he kicked off a series of meetings with congressional leaders on budget issues. FOR THE RECORD An earlier version of this post misidentified Assistant House Minority Leader James E. Clyburn of South Carolina as John Clyburn. No tangible progress was made at the summit at Blair House, located across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House, but Biden said the discussions would continue on Tuesday.
June 17, 2000 |
Supporters of a national holiday for Juneteenth--the day when the last slaves in the United States learned they had been emancipated--will kick off a three-day lobbying effort today at the Lincoln Memorial, according to organizers. Juneteenth, a Texas, Oklahoma, Florida and Delaware state holiday, has its origins in Galveston, Texas, where, on June 19, 1865, Union Maj. Gen.