Study: despite being political powerhouses, black women remain absent from politics

Despite being one of the most active political constituencies in the nation, black women are severely underrepresented in federal, state and local government.

That’s the conclusion of a study released by The Higher Heights Leadership Fund and the Rutgers University Center for American Women and Politics, in collaboration with the Center for American Progress. 

The report, “Status of Black Women in American Politics,” highlights the extent to which the voices of black women are not be adequately heard, or their concerns addressed.

Two leaders, different styles

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The following post was published in the New York Times. It was written by Peter Baker and Matt Apuzzo. 

By:  Peter Baker and Matt Apuzzo

The two men in open-collar shirts sat facing each other, papers and a BlackBerry strewn on a coffee table, sober looks on both their faces. One leaned forward, gesturing with his left hand, clearly doing the talking. The other sat back in his chair, two fingers pressed to his temple as he listened intently.

When violence erupted last week after a police shooting in Missouri, President Obama and Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. huddled on Martha’s Vineyard where both were on vacation. But as the most powerful African-Americans in the nation confront its enduring racial divide, they come at it from fundamentally different backgrounds and points of view.

Rutgers takes back invitation for paralyzed football player to speak at commencement

On Saturday, Eric LeGrand got wonderful news. Rutgers University, his alma mater wanted him to give this year’s commencement speech later this month.

The decision came after former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice announced that she would not be giving the speech, after a wave of protests from faculty and students at the school.

It was Greg Jackson, chief of staff for Rutgers President Robert Barchi who offered LeGrand the speaking engagement. Then something strange happened. The school took the invitation back. 

Motormouth

Richard Sherman won’t shut up. The star cornerback for the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks has become one of the NFL most recognizable and talked about athletes, an especially remarkable feat given the anonymity of wearing a helmet each week for work and the lack of attention Sherman’s team receives. Although he does have an endorsement or two, Sherman has kept his name in water cooler circulation with his tweets, press conferences, and blog posts that appear regularly on Peter King’s MMQB.

Most recently, Sherman penned a post about former Philadelphia Eagle DeSean Jackson. Jackson was released by the team and has subsequently found a home with Washington’s professional team. It’s the offseason, and football players are cut and signed by teams everyday. However, what was notable about Jackson’s release was the news that accompanied it. Jackson is  a dynamic, game-changing, and popular player. Yet the Eagles justified cutting Jackson by calling into question his work ethic and expressing concerns about his negative impact on the locker room and young players. Given the climate of the NFL  (e.g. Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin), teams are particularly sensitive to these kinds of intangibles and how they effect the energy of the team. That wasn’t all, though. Jackson’s release was also accompanied by reports that his affiliation with alleged gang members and people who had been to jail. In other words, Jackson had maintained a close relationship from the guys he grew up with, who played a significant role in his life after his father passed away.