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Published on March 5th, 2010 | by thevyne


Black Politicians: What’s Really Going On?

Congressman Charles Rangel

Is it us or have the past couple weeks been a shame spiral for some notable black politicians? Ok, maybe that’s not fair to say as they have yet to be given due process but seriously…what’s with all the scandals? New York Governor David Paterson has been implicated in three separate scandals including alleged domestic abuse, alleged inappropriate interactions with staff (e.g. ka-noodling) and allegedly accepting kick backs a la Yankees World Series Tickets. Yikes! Not to be outdone, Congressman Charles Rangel, who has represented Harlem since 1971, stands accused of falsely disclosing his personal assets, failing to pay federal income taxes on a vacation property, and renting rent-stabilized apartments in Harlem at rates far below market value, despite rules prohibiting House members from accepting gifts that cost above $50.

Al Sharpton and several other prominent activists and black politicians recently gathered in Harlem to demonstrate a showing of support for Governor David Paterson (despite several members of Paterson’s own staff stepping down). If you look at the track record of politicians with salacious scandals, Democrats and Republicans alike, both Gov. Paterson’s and Congressman Rangel’s alleged misgivings could be seen as “politicians as usual”. Chicago Tribune writer Clarence Page addresses the need for black politicians to have high standards during a recent interview on NPR. Some would argue that the historic presence of the first black President brings an incredible amount of scrutiny for all black politicians and consequently an even greater amount of responsibility to display some decorum or “home training” to put it plainly.

What do you think Vyne readers, should black politicians be holding themselves to a higher moral standard with the Obamas in office?

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7 Responses to Black Politicians: What’s Really Going On?

  1. Bonnie Weeks says:

    Yes, it sure does appear that black politicians are being scrutinized very, very closely these days and unfortunately, some may be getting caught up in activities that are illegal and immoral. How well we have learned. As a people and a race, in order to be on equal standing with our white counterparts, we have always had to cross our “t”s, dot our “i” and excel in every area in order to strive for equality and acceptance for our intellect and our talents. I hope that all black politicians (and white ones too) will start to hold themselves to a higher moral standard. They are fortunate to have one of the best role models in which to emulate, our President Obama.

  2. Monica says:

    Hey. Thanks for this post. I cruise alot of blogs just to see what I can find. As contoversial as many of them seem to be. It is the truth that I think stuns alot of people. These are written by real people in real life. Thank for writing this.


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  4. cigna says:

    If anyone has been following the apparent take down of Governor Patterson, then this latest coup for this detractors is disguesting. I don’t even live in New York, but of course I read the Times, the Post and the Daily News each and every day. Can his enemies, no, not even his enemies, just people who wanteed him out of the way to push their own agenda, could have acted any more indecent? If this is New York Politics, I am glad I live in the Federal City. What has occurred to Governor Patterson is outrageous. I hope for the People of New York, it was worth it to the victors off the spoils. Governor Paterson, you are well out of it. Let them fall on their faces. Get yourself together, take a break and watch their karma come back to haunt them. This was ridiculous. Hold your head up proudly as you make your exit. I’ll bet you Governor Patterson’s phone is ringing off the hook with the “I’m sorry, and is there anything I can do to help you” Ugh! POWER & PEOPLE! They make me sick! Why couldn’t he have run and then just legitmately lost the election. Afterall it is up to the New Yorkers am I right? If he were so terrible, why was he run out of office in this underhanded way.

  5. John Umana says:

    I think all politicians and political parties today are essentially undemocratic. Its difficult to really feel comfortable about any of them

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