No African-Americans in new U.S. Senate

For the first time in several years, the U.S. Senate will not include an African-American.

Three black candidates for the U.S. Senate were shut out Tuesday. The only incumbent African-American, Roland Burris (D-IL), retired.

Democrat Mike Thurmond was defeated by Republican incumbent Johnny Isakson in Georgia. Kendrick Meek (D-FL) and Alvin Greene (D-SC) also came up short.

There’s only been six African-Americans in the U.S. Senate: three Republicans and three Democrats, including President Barack Obama (D-IL).

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Tim

November 2nd, 2010
11:37 pm

What a shame.

The corporate media vilified Roland Burris, and linked him to Governor Blagojevich. Even some of his fellow Democrats asked him not to run again. So he agreed.

And for what??!!

Rod Blagojevich was basically acquitted, and Roland Burris’s name wasn’t even mentioned during the trial. He wasn’t even mentioned!

So the corporate media tied him to Blagojevich, and demonized him.

And he fell for the bait.

He NEVER should have decided not to run again.

Mr. Anderson

November 3rd, 2010
12:06 am

This is a non-story. Enough with the veiled claims of racism in the electorate. Tired and worn out tactic.

Taylor

November 3rd, 2010
12:12 am

What African nation was Senator Burris from anyway? Seems to me we have had a Senate without an African American for quite some time. There have, however, been several Black Americans.

Taylor supporter

November 3rd, 2010
12:23 am

Taylor, you hit the nail on the head. If you are born in America, you are an American. Why are black Americans referred to as African Americans. I have never referred to myself, nor has anyone else, as an English American.

Tim

November 3rd, 2010
12:25 am

“It’s a non-story”.

Typical white Georgian/Nathan Deal supporter.

Would it be a “non-story” if the Senate had ZERO Caucasians?

You’d probably go insane. ( Well…. if you aren’t there already.)

@ Taylor– Do you amuse yourself with those silly semantics?

Swift

November 3rd, 2010
12:26 am

“There’s only been…” in the last paragraph indicates the writer’s English is DOA.

Tim

November 3rd, 2010
12:32 am

@Taylor supporter

Why would you make an analogy with African Americans and English Americans? Wouldn’t it make more sense for you to say that you have never referred to yourself as a European-American? You know, since Africa is a continent.

Oh, never mind. This is Georgia.

Yall think Africa is a country.

Taylor

November 3rd, 2010
12:37 am

Tim – American is American. I have a number of actual African American friends….they all happen to be caucasian or white. As you are probably aware, many of the South Africans who are now Americans appear to be white. I have no problem with the term African American. My issue is with those who over-generalize it and try to distinguish themselves as better (or more specific) than just plain ‘American’. What’s wrong with being American? Like Taylor Supporter, I’ve never considered calling myself a English American or European American. I’m just an American. So, yes, this is a non-story…..because each of our representatives are still Americans.

John

November 3rd, 2010
1:27 am

@Taylor
I find the demographics of the U.S. Senate to be a story worth reporting. But you can keep trying to bully the author into only reporting stories important to you.

Tim

November 3rd, 2010
1:28 am

So….. I guess you missed my point about the whole English/African analogy?

And Taylor, American IS NOT American. When exactly did black people become Americans? Towards the end of the 1960’s?

“What’s wrong with being American?”

You should ask white people why blacks weren’t considered Americans from 1776-1960’s. It took almost 200 years for black people to be treated like Americans. So I understand why the term African-American is used. We’re not all simply “Americans”. Unless you’re one of these people who claim to be colorblind and “don’t see race”.

Jax

November 3rd, 2010
1:32 am

Could this be more about stacking the Senate with Republicans instead of automatically assuming it is their race?

Tim

November 3rd, 2010
1:35 am

@Taylor

You speak from a position of priviledge.

It’s a “non-story” to you because 97% of the Senate looks like you.

Tim

November 3rd, 2010
1:41 am

@Jax

But the Senate isn’t stacked with Republicans. Democrats still control the Senate. There isn’t even any black Democrat Senators.

Dave

November 3rd, 2010
1:48 am

Black liberals will never be elected to the Senate. Only way Obama got there is because he ran against Keyes, a guy not even from illinos..Tim Scott and Allen West have an excellent chance to get there tho.

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Born In The USA

November 3rd, 2010
6:33 am

This is nothing more than sending a message to the White House/Obama and cronies/America haters/Socialists/What ever you prefer to call them. Nothing more….nothing less. It has nothing to do with race/color/what ever you prefer to call it. Simply a message….that is all….what part of that do some of you not understand?????? Have you NOT been watching the news???? Have you NOT seen the protests???? Do you not understant that more people want Obama-care repealed???? Do you not understand that government does NOT create jobs???? Do you NOT understand that Obama has surrounded himself with people who hate…..HATE America????? Tim, Tim, Tim, are the white people of of this generation to blame for what happened 200 plus years ago???? I believe what people are trying to say is that they are sick of the “race card” being played at every turn as of late. This vote was to send a message to Obama, once again, plain and simple. If a black repub had ran for an office in GA then he/she would have been voted in.

Computer Dude

November 3rd, 2010
6:45 am

WAAAAAAA! Last time I checked we are all Americans. Take your politics of division and stick them where the sun don’t shine.

Sandra

November 3rd, 2010
7:04 am

This is why there is so much hatred in our country now the Colored want equal rights and as of this time they have all the jobs. Look around any business it is all Colored. I am glad they are getting the education to be able to hold down these jobs. I am also glad that I am retired I could not work with attitude.

Valerie

November 3rd, 2010
7:51 am

Show me a good black republican and I’ll vote for him/her.

Steve

November 3rd, 2010
8:25 am

Tim, you might want to do your research again. Black Americans started the Republican party way back in the 1776. They actually held Federal elected positions. They also passed “Civil Rights” bills, that were against the interest of the “white” democraps. Then the democraps started the KKK to suppress the elected official and the black from voting. When Woodrow Wilson began president he reinstated segregation and kept the black-man/woman in bondage until the ‘64 Civil Rights push. That by the way was re-started by Dwight D Eisenhower, held up by a democrap congress and then passed when a democrap president was in office (Johnson). Democraps are the racist bunch, they prefer you remain stupid, in crappy schools, living quarters and under their thumbs. Knowing this kind of information, I don’t understand why any black person, man or woman would vote for the people who have kept them enslaved. And their own people, Jessie Jackson, Al Sharpton and their race baiters, help to keep them held down. As a black person have your school gotten any better, even though the money seems to poor into the school districts? Nope, you still have crappy teachers and your physical structures are falling in around your students. How’s that working out for you? It’s not. I ask all blacks to get in-touch with your “real” American history, you’ll be surprised about what you’ll learn. And you won’t vote democrap again. American History, In Black and White, by David Barton is a good place to start. You’ll be so proud of where you actually came from.

Jake

November 3rd, 2010
9:48 am

“You should ask white people why blacks weren’t considered Americans from 1776-1960’s. It took almost 200 years for black people to be treated like Americans.” … well at least you are treated like an American now (can Gays get married, etc?..no)… And yes, your ancestors were the object of persecution for some time, but that era is over. When will the claims that white Americans owe Black Americans be over?

John Minnah-Donkoh III

November 3rd, 2010
9:57 am

that’s because African-American alwayz wanna be with the Democrat mean while the Democrat never helps African-Americans and they will not until we all live the DNC to RNC / GOP like Colin Powell Michael Steele and my self

lovetravel

November 3rd, 2010
10:01 am

I am deeply sorry to hear about there isn’t no Black in the Senate but not at all surprise. Black are more like to be blame for everything and that goes for both party. The only thing I wish is that everyone accept what black are, most of those white get blame for something but still win. It’s like that we are in school learning. I am not an hater but I wish that we have more black to run for offical but it’s not going to happen anytime soon. All I can say I want everyone who won nothing but happiness and hopeful they can solve the problem but please for Goodness sake, it not the President to be blame and it’s does matter what you think. It’s just happen with the House market crash and everyone knows it

star jones

November 3rd, 2010
10:23 am

@ Tim, you are absolutely correct in everything you stated. @ Taylor, I know it can be difficult to sometimes understand the whole African American thing, let me try to explain. When Africans were brought to the Americas all ties with who they were was completely washed away. They (especially the latter generations) were forbidden to talk about; the slave trade (that was still going on), things that happened, their families that were left behind, they could not speak their language, they could not assume their parent given names. Anything associating them with ties to Africa was no more. If they were heard talking of these things…their tongues were cut out of their mouths. If the Africans tried to escape…thinking they could possible swim back home to their land, or just disobeyed the whites altogether, they or a loved one would be hung, or if the wives were pregnant, they would tie her up, slice open her stomach and let the babies fall out on their little bodies and die…along with the mothers.
Over time, they lost hope, and also records that were kept telling them who they were and “where they were from” not longer existed. They became the lost people….wondering around in a contorted land where the people hated them…HORRIBLY! Over time, even today, you have people who live in America (born here) and have no clue who they really are, where they came from, or who their descendants were. That is a VERY HUGE PILL TO SWALLOW! Cubans and site to Cuba, and say, “that is my home,” Latinas can site to South America, White Americans can site to Europe and say, “that is my homeland,” Even Indians from Indonesia…Japanese from Japan, Thai from Thailand…they can all look to Asia and say…”that is my homeland, by birth right of passage because my grandmother was born their, my grandfather lives their.” And all of those people can say they have an ASSIMILATION TO THEIR CULTURE….THAT’S RIGHT THEY HAVE A “CULTURE!” They can say were celebrate Cinco De Mayo, or were are descendants of Ireland, so they embrace their culture by celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. I will not even go into the Middle Eastern theory of Jesus. Indonesians have their beautiful Hopi, Europeans embrace and celebrate their everything…Christmas for the beloved St. Nicholas, their foods, their fashion, and God forbid anyone forgets your most beloved Greeks and Romans and Christianity. Look at what each country has to offer. Look at each descendant from those countries and continents, look what they have to hold true to their hearts and love dearly. Now, look at black Americas. Torn away from the great land of Africa. But now longer fit in anywhere….No where! So they have assimilated with mostly Europeans, and have tried to reconnect with some hope of bond with Africa and Africans, even though the gap seems to wide to bridge. It makes me smile, and warms my heart to know that finally, finally, my 96 year old GREAT GRANDMOTHER, Georgia Lou, can say, “I feel like I belong to someone, to some place…..just by saying I am “African”-American.” African, by blood right…..American, by forced blood. I encourage you to read or watch The Life of W.E.B Du bois, Roots, and just recently a special by National Geographic, The Human Fmaily Tree.
Peace

star jones

November 3rd, 2010
10:33 am

@ Steve….I encourage you to just learn history ” ALL HISTORY” the Republican party started way back in the 1776…is not what it is today, go check out a book called Negro Politics in the 18th Century and the Non-Independence That Followed! Good Lord

Rob

November 3rd, 2010
10:38 am

I agree with Taylor that this story is a non-story. I dislike the terms of African- Americans, Asian-Americans but rarely hear of European-Americans. Blacks are not only from African, just like Asian are not only from Asia and whites are not only from Europe. Why segregation of cultures when we all should be Americans? If you are not proud to be called that, then move out of this county.
When people (like Tim) acknowledges/realizes there is nothing can change the past (and they do not get benefits from it) , but we may change the future. We can remember the past so it won’t happen again, but people should not carry their ancestor’s history and try and use it as a weapon. Get off the damn cross and do something constructive with the wood instead of trying to martyr a race of people. Jewish people do not moan about what their ancestor’s history (yes, they were slaves at a time as well) but they do not try and use it as a weapon or try and segregate themselves.

Taylor

November 3rd, 2010
10:53 am

Tim and Star – your opinions are exactly that….your opinions. It’s what makes America what it is. We can each hold our own opinion and that’s great!

Here’s what’s sad to me: For a number of years, there were Americans that fought to grant equal rights to all people. Their driving force was to put this issue to bed. They wanted equality and they wanted opportunity. They were completely justified in that. As many fellow Americans would agree, there is no place for discrimination based on Race/Gender/Etc in this country.

Our current problem, in my opinion, is that you have a contingency of people in America that won’t honor their hard-working forefathers by allowing the work to be finished. What they did in the Civil Rights Era is work done in vain if people like you continue to fight a battle that has already been won. You’re arguing about a historical issue. We live in 2010. We have a black American President. If that doesn’t represent a finality in the fight that you continue to wage, I don’t know what does. How much more “opportunity” is there?

Please….rest easy that this issue has been resolved. Otherwise, you spit in the face of those who gave up everything fighting for this very thing.

To that point – this tweet is a non-story. It is a continuation of a topic that has already been closed.

Taylor

November 3rd, 2010
11:08 am

Star – to your point. I think you have laid out the reasoning behind the term very nicely. I get that. I don’t necessarily see other cultures clamoring to ‘connect with their identity’ like you suggest others do, but I see your point. However, I think the people that are truly of African descent have every reason to identify themselves that way. It’s important to them. As I said earlier, I have several good friends that are African American. Both of them are 1st generation Americans. In other words, their parents live or lived in South Africa. That’s very different than the story you tell. If I were a white person, I guess techinically I would be originally European, but I don’t identify myself as a European because there have been many generations of people born in the US that have removed that identity. The same goes for the typical black American.

Ultimately, I agree that the term African American is a perfectly sensible term for those who have some connection to an African nation. The truth, however, is that in overwhelming numbers – the term is diluted and over-utilized by people who have no association with any African nation, but would rather simply try to ‘one-up’ being a simple American.

Nothing Changes

November 3rd, 2010
12:41 pm

Robert Byrd, the grandiose Democrat from West Virginia was a Klansman for cyring out loud. He supposedly reformed, but he never voted for a black supreme court nominee…

Then Slick Willy and Prezbo had to go to his funeral and act like it was okay that he was a Klansman. It was the PC thing to do at the time. Give me a break. If he were a Republican, he would have been villified daily by the liberals and the media. What a sham!

Nothing Changes

November 3rd, 2010
12:47 pm

With my last post in mind, why has the “community of color” become an given for the Democrats?

A guy from Europe

November 3rd, 2010
12:56 pm

American’s should be the first to end those racist names. You all talk about how era of holding down black people is over long time ago, then if so, you shouldn’t forget where did you all come from in the first place. That case being, you should all refer to each other with countries your ancestors came from. So, this discussion is pointless. And i support anyone with clear and kind vision, not dependable where they come from or which color of skin they are. Greetings from random European.

Sick of Washington

November 3rd, 2010
12:56 pm

And, while we are on this subject, what is the current need for the Congressional Black Caucus? We have a black President…. We will never be able to put the race “thing” behind us when you keep separating yourselves and following the advice of those who make a living from the race “thing.” Are you listening Jesse and Al?

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Robert

November 3rd, 2010
1:03 pm

Interesting discussion, as long as we kept it on this level we as a nation won’t see the big picture because of the shade thats being pulled down over our eyes. This isn’t about being African American or Black American these terms are used in the media, classrooms and boardrooms everyday. This is about the haves and the have nots period. Repubilcans, democrates, independents, white, black, pink, purple or gay, its about the wealthest Americans looking at what they think is a limited economic pie and doing all it can to maintain its control over what they concive is their share.
Black people were brought to this country for one reason, economic explotation. First as indentured servants, then as slaves and at the end of slavery Jim Crow laws kept the explotation, segragation and discrimation legal for the next 100years. We have had Civil Rights laws passed that benifit Blacks, white women, gays and people of all races and ethnic group. But lets not be duped into thinking that this what its all about.
The most powerful force operating in this nation will be what brings this country to its knees; GREED. It nearly happen a few years back and it will happen again. (You know that thing about history repeating itself). We as a people must change our mindset and realize the pie is unlimited, that we as a nation have the ability to create as much wealth as we need as long as we level the playing field by allowing all people to participate and suceed. You might say we’ve done that and continue to do that which I can’t say we haven’t to some small degree. But when you look at the Banking industry, the insurance industry, Healthcare, Energy(oil) industry, Financial and Big Pharm just to name a few, spending hugh sums of money on lobbyist to influence congress to pass laws in their best interest that should tell you something. Laws are what kept blacks salves and laws will continue to kept us under the thumb of Big business. We need to rein them in and get them to understand the they are killing the goose that laid the golden egg, the American public, all 98% of us who are the have nots.
So as we bicker about what we should call ourselves and who’s in office and who’s not, lets pull the curtain back and see who is really running the show.

BT

November 3rd, 2010
1:34 pm

93% of Black Americans vote Democrat (I won’t even get in to why this number is so heavily skewed) So with 93% of Black Americans voting Democrat that means it’s probably pretty difficult to find a Black Conservative huh? The point being, since the Democrat party already considers themselves the party for minorities why don’t they put more of them up as candidates? The problem isn’t with conservatives, because there aren’t enough black conservatives anyway right? Black folks just don’t understand that they’ve been hoodwinked by liberals. They’re just another tool the Democrats use to strike out at Republicans. Yes come be with us and we’ll give you stuff and help you fight against whitey. The dirty little secret is there is just as much racism in the Democratic party as in the Republican party, if not more. If I were a black man or from any other minority and I felt like I was from a background that didn’t allow me the same opportunities as some rich white folks I would want to gain skills that I could use to become self sufficient and not just given free stuff by the government. Who wants to be kept? It’s nothing more than the Government enslaving people by causing them to become dependent.

BT

November 3rd, 2010
1:42 pm

@ nothingchanges. Byrd wasn’t just your run of the mill KKK member he was a GRAND WIZARD and while I won’t pretend to know the hierarchy of clan I’d be willing to bet you have to be pretty committed to your beliefs to attain that rank.

BT

November 3rd, 2010
1:51 pm

my apologies, I just checked Wiki. Byrd was not a Grand Wizard. The highest rank he achieved was Exalted Cyclops, which is apparently not as high up as a Grand Wizard. He did, however, recruit 150 people to start up a new branch of the Clan in West Virginia. my bad

TCS

November 3rd, 2010
3:21 pm

Star Jones. I wish you could hear me clapping. Your response to those two ignorant people was absolutely breath taking and completely true. Love it. Hope you have a great day!

Come on

November 3rd, 2010
3:51 pm

ATTENTION: Please read the above comment by “lovetravel” on 11/3/2010 at 10:01 am. In fact, read it several times with a big bottle of aspirin handy for the inevitable headache. Then, let’s talk about Black America and the Achievement Gap in education, which is relevant to every discussion about racial discrepancies including politics!

CB

November 3rd, 2010
7:04 pm

Come on – I think you’re onto something. That probably has some relevance to this “story”. I guess at it’s most basic level – the reason that there are no black americans in the Senate is because no black Americans have been able to successfully win an election this term. Right? There’s no real defense on that one. To me, it seems it would be easier to get elected as a black candidate. You don’t really have to earn the vote. You’ll carry the black vote automatically. All you really have to do is get your people to vote…not really make any choices.

TCS – I wish you could hear me laughing at your post. ‘Breathtaking and completely true’? Please give me a break. The vast majority of blacks have absolutely zero ties to any person that experienced that. With the breakdown of the black culture of “family”, there are fewer and fewer family lines that are even discernable. The family trees are probably very difficult to distinguish.

ray

November 3rd, 2010
7:31 pm

No affirmative action obaminations….great news!

Bob

November 4th, 2010
8:14 am

The truth will set you free once you stop crying about what you never were.
1) If you really believe your ancestors were snatched up out of the homeland by white people you need to re-think. White people chose black slaves over white indentured servants (basically slaves) because they were better adapted to the climate and bugs here in the Southeast and Caribbean Islands. For the most part your own enemies that defeated your ancestors in battle sold or traded them to the white merchants. They were not killed by their enemy but sold or traded. Prime example of present day battles between people would be the Hutu and the Tutsi. Remember white people were not well adapted to the climate of Africa they didn’t do so well chasing your ancestors they just picked them up at the ports. If you travel to Africa you can visit the slave trading markets at the ports.
2) Slavery was and is a terrible fact of human civilization for a great part of history and present. People do terrible things to each other even today and it’s not just the Israeli’s and the Palestinians. Come on broaden your knowledge.
3) Your people were given 60 years of advanced opportunity by the US Government to move forward (that would be preferred hiring programs and educational programs) what you do or did with it is your business. Why the heck do I still hear about reparations? What’s the fish deal, teach a man to fish or feed them. I personally was given less opportunity because of it but I over came that and have done well.
4) Geesh, don’t cry about it, visit Africa, learn the culture, most of all invest your money. Now do you really want to do that in a bunch of 3rd world countries? I don’t see you or anybody else tripping over each other to take advantage of investing in Africa.
5) I am German, English, Irish, Black Dutch, and Cherokee. Do you think I know a thing about the culture of any of those Nations? I am an American we argue like family here but we are an American family. Damn the rest of the World and their Governments, we are still number one together. Just join in and be together and free to the point that you can celebrate your family and your individual culture and argue and complain with the rest of the American family. (I hope your understand that) Trust me; I celebrate all of the cultural holidays with booze and favor.
6) Read the history of the people who lived it. Slave chronicles of the 1930’s, writings and teachings of the freed men and women of the time of Slavery, the Black Seminoles, who by the way marched the Seminole to the reservation to achieve their own emancipation. Don’t forget Black people assisted in marching the Cherokee to the reservations as well.

In closing I must say I isn’t mad at nobody, I’m just proud to be an American and I am tired of hearing people cry about their ancestors past, not their own. I am also happy that 99% of the old white bigots are dead now, that way I can feel no guilt for the past, just look forward to the present and future.

Also, IT’S NOT THE COLOR OF THEIR SKIN, ITS THE BASIS OF THEIR POLITICS AND BELIEFS THAT GET THEM KICKED OUT OF OFFICE OR JUST NOT ELECTED.

Herberrt Brooks

November 4th, 2010
12:46 pm

To Bob, it is so obvious that you too don’t get the picture yet. 1950s, 1960s wasn’t that long ago. Those 99% white people you mention, well their ancestors are still alive and kicking. For century, my race has been told to get over it, but they are still people out there that don’t want you to know your history. Especially when it was taken from you. So you do your history.