Sunday, February 14, 2010

Troubling Practices of Black Caucus

This recent article In Black Caucus, a Fund-Raising Powerhouse sheds light on some troubling, questionable practices of the Congressional Black Caucus. It appears that the group privileges galas and golf over service and opportunities for the people whom they claim to serve.
In 2008, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation spent more on the caterer for its signature legislative dinner and conference — nearly $700,000 for an event one organizer called “Hollywood on the Potomac” — than it gave out in scholarships, federal tax records show.

On the one hand, the public and especially African Americans have come to have low expectations for Washington politicians in general. At the same time, we tend to have a certain degree of trust for some "black leaders." Perhaps the trust that members of African American members have with some of those leaders has made us even more vulnerable.

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