Don’t let the chair go Black?

By Daisy Hernandez Nov 10, 2006

Lois Romano points out in the Washington Post that Black Rep. James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.) is a contender for majority whip—the No. 3 position in the House. Now, he just has to win that post and that won’t be easy. Ron Walters, a professor of political science and head of the African American Leadership Institute at the University of Maryland, told “You have five Black potential chairs of four committees and 17 potential subcommittee chairs; 17 of 22 Blacks are ranking members. I doubt that (all of them becoming chairmen) will happen. There already has been some rumbling in the House Democratic Caucus about liberal chairs—meaning Black chairs.”