Skip to comments.Disparate Impact: Black Lawmakers and Ethics Investigations
Posted on 03/05/2012 2:52:42 PM PST by Altura Ct.
A disproportionate share of cases have been brought against Congressional Black Caucus members. African-American lawmakers would like to know why.
Emanuel Cleaver, a Methodist minister and the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, stood up and began searching his desk for a Bible. Cleaver wasn't looking up a particular verse or Psalm. He grabbed the Good Book for emphasis. He wanted to hold it in his hands as he declared, with a firm shake, that the way Congress investigates the ethics of its own lawmakers is horribly broken.
"I think," Cleaver said, "the facts speak for themselves."
The facts say this: African-Americans make up 10 percent of the House, but as of the end of February, five of the sitting six named lawmakers under review by the House Ethics Committee are black. The pattern isn't new. At one point in late 2009, seven lawmakers were known to be involved in formal House ethics inquiries; all were members of the Congressional Black Caucus. An eighth caucus member, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. of Illinois, had also been under investigation, but his probe was halted temporarily while the Justice Department undertook an inquiry of its own.
All told, about one-third of sitting black lawmakers have been named in an ethics probe during their careers, according to a National Journal review.
Only two members of Congress have been formally charged with ethics violations in recent years and have faced the specter of public trials -- Reps. Charles Rangel of New York (censured) and Maxine Waters of California (investigation ongoing). Both are black. There are no African-Americans in the Senate. Remember the most recent black senator, Roland Burris of Illinois? Reprimanded by the Senate Ethics Committee in 2009.
Those are the facts, as Cleaver said. The question is why so many African-American members have been...
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Could it be because of the same reason that blacks in the general population commit a disproportionate amount of crimes?
Just a wild guess.
If you do the crime, you do the time. If no laws are broken, there wouldn't be prosecution.
Now, using Holder's People, blacks can intimidate voters, assault the police, etc., with impunity, by claiming "racial bias" was the reason they were FORCED to take the actions.
Whitey is not a protected class, like Blacks, Hispanics, Women, Sex Deviates (fags and dykes), cross-dressers, etc., etc.
“The question is why so many African-American members have been”
Because they’re crooks and they’re the only ones who’ve been caught so far.
What do you suggest Mr Cleaver?
Look the other way?
Don't look at all, till it's all gone?
Cerially! Just Win the future do ya suggest?
“A disproportionate share of cases have been brought against Congressional Black Caucus members. African-American lawmakers would like to know why.”
Because Congressional Black Caucus members, like blacks in the population at large, apparently commit a disproportionate number of crimes.
*Duhhh of the Day Award winner
NY Chicago LA Baltimore Detroit Atlanta Memphis-D-political machine crime
What comes to mind for me is what Jim Carrey’s character said to his client in “Liar, Liar”:
“Stop breaking the law, a**hole!”
FBI stats indicate that 43% of all crimes committed in the USA are committed by Blacks. Blacks are 12.9% of the USA population.
The real question should be why do blacks committ a disproportionate amount of the ethics violations?
Nothing remarkable about the Black Caucus conviction rate except the behavior of said Congress Critters.
That's what nearly all the Atlantic responses said, even the early ones. Even those blue state, would-be intellectual readers are tired of the excuses and accusations of racism.
Don't stand too close to him when he does this, a lightning bolt could appear at any moment.
Who knew the FBI was so racist?
If members of the Congressional Black Caucus would cease their criminal activities then they wouldn’t have to worry about “ethics” investigations.
“FBI stats indicate that 43% of all crimes committed in the USA are committed by Blacks. Blacks are 12.9% of the USA population.”
Is there a web site where I could find that sort of data?
Whoever put those stats together will be summarily fired.
How about presidential impeachment attempts? What’re the stats there?