Black People Politics : The False Promise of Black Political Representation

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  1. Liberty

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    Record numbers of African Americans hold elective office, but the policy preferences of black voters remain unlikely to be enacted.



    The recent unrest in Baltimore, Ferguson, and other cities is puzzling in one important respect. Unlike in earlier eras, when African Americans’ political exclusion drove them to protest, blacks today are
    as likely to vote as whites and are well represented at all levels of government. The mayor of Baltimore and a majority of its city council are black. So are forty-five members of Congress—an all-time high. And, at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, so is the current occupant of the White House. Why all the turmoil, then, at a time when blacks—finally—seem to be enjoying the fruits of American democracy?

    One answer is that the appearance of black political clout is deceiving. Despite their gains in participation and representation, blacks continue to fare worse than whites in converting their policy preferences into law. This poor performance is more revealing than statistics on turnout or black electoral success. And even though its causes remain mysterious, it is very much a rationale for frustration with the status quo.

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    http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/06/black-political-representation-power/395594/

    The False Promise of Black Political Representation

    The more white voters support a policy, the more likely it is to be enacted. The more black voters support a policy, the less likely it is to be achieved.
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    I am glad some media outlet is pointing out some of the same things I have been telling family and friends for years.
     
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    i agree. i think the solution is continued checking of our representatives. vote em in, vote em out if they don't do right.
     
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    Big props to the parties who contributed to this candid analysis of our peoples present siaution in the United States...
     
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    Big props for caring and sharing this information with all of us here too!
     
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    Also we need to elect black candidates that promote new options
    which truly help us resolve our peoples unresolved internal issues as well!
     
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    I'm riding with you on this. Brunell is very eloquent, she makes good points, sounds believable, etc. But, there is NO WAY I would ever believe that voting for Trump would translate into what she's talking about. Remember, before The New Deal, he promised that he would give 2 African Americans $5,000 each? One a single mother, and one an AA who was trying to start a small business. LOL Now, in the ninth inning, he comes up with something that SOUNDS too good to be true. And, it probably is. He is trying to attract "THE African-Americans" , LOL

    I'm going with Hillary, by default, but I have no delusions about her, and yes, there is a major disconnect there.

    *sad*
     
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    a preselected option adopted by a computer program or other mechanism when no alternative is specified by the user or programmer.
     
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    Hmmmm........
     
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