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 11, 2003 |
Rep. Richard A. Gephardt picked up a key endorsement Wednesday from Rep. James E. Clyburn of South Carolina, the leading African American politician in a state that will be the first to test the strength of Democratic presidential contenders in the South and among black voters. Clyburn announced in a conference call that he would back his longtime House colleague, saying he chose Gephardt because the Missourian was a "solid thinker and a really compassionate guy ... [who] has always been No.
December 6, 2003 |
Why would one of Washington's most prominent Democrats, Rep. Richard A. Gephardt of Missouri, make time to attend the dedication of a pedestrian bridge over a freeway in this sleepy Southern capital? Who knew Sen. Joe Lieberman had such a keen interest in historically black colleges in the South, far from his native Connecticut? And who can explain why another U.S. senator, John F.
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.