The Politics of Race and Entitlement

I was stunned by the statements made by Illinois Congressman Bobby Rush at the press conference conducted by embittered and disgraced Governor Rod Blagojevich. During the press conference, in which Blagojevich named Roland Burris to replace Barack Obama, Rush arose from the audience and injected a statement. Congressman Rush made the following comments:

There are no African-Americans in the U.S. Senate. And I don’t think any U.S. senator who’s sitting in the Senate right now wants to go on record to deny one African-American from being seated in the U.S. Senate

I would ask you to not hang or lynch the appointee as you try to castigate the appointer and separate the appointee from the appointer.

Don’t misunderstand me. Roland Burris is probably highly qualified to fill this vacancy but am I missing something? I was under the impression that the election of Barack Obama put the politics of race behind us. Language like this only seems to reignite issues of race.


  1. Unfortunately, it may engender the opposite. Mr. Burris seems to believe that as a black, Mr. Rush is entitled. He apparently does not realize that is an insult to Mr. Burris’s credentials.

    Will we be seeing an attitude of entitlement now?

  2. Correction: He apparently does not realize that is an insult to Mr. RUSH’S credentials.

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