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By Kristen Clarke, Manning Marable

This publication examines the evolution of black management and politics because the Civil Rights circulate. It appears on the phenomenon of Barack Obama, from his amazing emergence as a winning candidate for the Illinois nation Senate to President of the us, as a part of the continuum of African American political leaders.

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Quietly, J. Raymond Jones ascended the Democratic machine structure. By 1964, he was the first black to occupy the executive position in the organization. 13 From his position within Tammany Hall, Jones trained two generations of New York’s black political leadership, including Percy Sutton, Basil Patterson, David Dinkins, and Powell’s eventual successor, Charlie Rangel. Dinkins adopted the quiet, party-oriented, pragmatic approach that Jones epitomized and slowly climbed the rungs of the machine as well.

Similarly, some voters did not support Giuliani simply because Dinkins was black, but rather differed with him on how to handle various problems, such as crime. ”35 Finally, though race worked against Dinkins, it also worked in his favor. 36 Thus, African Americans and Latinos believed David Dinkins would bring increased services and aid to their local communities while opening doors previously closed to them. In contrast, those whites who voted for Dinkins expected him to calm racial tensions and lower crime rates.

65 The Jewish driver was not indicted for the child’s death, and the jury ruled it an accident. The black man arrested for the stabbing of the Jewish resident, Yankel Rosenbaum, was acquitted, despite being caught with the murder weapon and confessing to the crime. ”66 This, combined with Dinkins’s attendance at Galvin Cato’s funeral, but not Rosenbaum’s, deepened Jewish resentment. 67 The report reopened a wound that would plague Dinkins until the end of his tenure. The Crown Heights riots illustrated several problematic aspects surrounding both David Dinkins and his Rainbow Coalition.

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