Racial Tensions in Congress?

Monday, August 02, 2010

Two long serving African-American House lawmakers have run into ethics problems, and some in Washington say they are being unfairly targeted based on their race.

Last week, Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.), appeared before a House ethics panel after being accused of 13 violations of House ethics rules. On Friday it came out that Rep. Maxine Waters (D- Los Angeles) will also face an ethics proceeding likely related to allegations that she sought to help a bank with ties to her husband receive federal bailout funds.

Both Rangel and Waters are leading members of the Congressional Black Caucus. The Caucus believes that the House ethics process disproportionally targets African-Americans in the chamber.

Joining us to talk about the fall out from all of this is Jay Newton-Small, Time Magazine Washington correspondent. 

Guests:

Jay Newton-Small

Produced by:

Karin Kamp

Comments [1]

I do believe (as a Black American) this has nothing to do with RACE and everything to do with the races to be run come this November. I see this as a way to discredit the democrates for the coming elections. If the man was wrong, then he was wrong. The fact that some ethnic groups are "disproportionally" targeted would not be an issue if they did nothing wrong to be targeted.

Aug. 03 2010 11:37 AM

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