Today's topic at my blog "Resurgence" on BigThink.com:


Right Is Right, And Wrong Is Wrong: Rangel And Waters Ethics Woes

I got an email from an editor at a major black-oriented website last week, asking me if I would write a rush article on Charles Rangel the same Thursday afternoon formal ethics charges were announced against him. I’d done quick turnaround work for this editor before, but there wasn’t anything compelling enough about the angle they wanted to play up on this story—what kind of relationship black politicians have with their constituents—that I was willing to stay up until three or four in the morning to explore. Now that Maxine Waters has joined the club, I’m sure the age-old question of whether or not black politicians are being targeted will arise like clockwork the rest of this week, with sage black professorial types ticking off the list of minutia that constitutes racial bias in their minds on the cable news shows.


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