The first black vice president

An article in Monday’s Washington Post argued that the second inauguration of the nation’s first black president will probably mark the last presidential swearing-in for an African American for some time. The reason: Despite Barack Obama’s two national victories, the feeder system for future candidates remains largely devoid of blacks and other minorities.Currently, there is just one black governor, Deval Patrick of Massachusetts, and only one other – Doug Wilder in Virginia – has been elected since Reconstruction. A third, New York’s David Paterson, served an interim stint after Eliot Spitzer’s 2008 demise but declined to seek a full term. There is also just one black senator today, a Republican, Tim Scott of South Carolina.Continue Reading…

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