September 20, 2013

How white looking is Congressional Black Caucus?


The Honorable Karen Bass (CA-37)

The Honorable Joyce Beatty (OH-03)

The Honorable Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02)

The Honorable Corrine Brown (FL-05)

The Honorable G.K. Butterfield (NC-01)

The Honorable AndrĂ© Carson (IN-07) 

The Honorable Donna M. Christensen (VI)

The Honorable Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09)

The Honorable Wm. Lacy Clay (MO-01)

The Honorable Emanuel Cleaver, II (MO-05)

The Honorable James E. Clyburn (SC-06)

The Honorable John Conyers, Jr. (MI-13)

The Honorable Elijah E. Cummings (MD-07)

The Honorable Danny K. Davis (IL-07)

The Honorable Donna F. Edwards (MD-04)

The Honorable Keith Ellison (MN-05)

The Honorable Chaka Fattah (PA-02)

The Honorable Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11)

The Honorable Al Green (TX-09)

The Honorable Alcee L. Hastings (FL-20)

The Honorable Steven Horsford (NV-04)

The Honorable Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18)


The Honorable Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08)

The Honorable Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30)

The Honorable Hank Johnson (GA-04)

The Honorable Robin Kelly (IL-02)

The Honorable Barbara Lee (CA-13)

The Honorable John Lewis (GA-05)

The Honorable Gregory W. Meeks (NY-06)

The Honorable Gwen Moore (WI-04)

The Honorable Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC)

The Honorable Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10)

The Honorable Charles B. Rangel (NY-13)

The Honorable Cedric Richmond (LA-02)

The Honorable Bobby L. Rush (IL-01)

The Honorable David Scott (GA-13)

The Honorable Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03)

The Honorable Terri A. Sewell (AL-07)

The Honorable Bennie Thompson (MS-02)

The Honorable Marc Veasey (TX-33)

The Honorable Maxine Waters (CA-43)

The Honorable Mel Watt (NC-12)

The Honorable Frederica Wilson (FL-24)
Mel Watt definitely had the 1940s movie star mustache I want. I'm still not sure about that G.K Butterfield dude.

45 comments:

Anonymous said...

Chaka Fattah might not have the skin, but he's got the name.

Peter Swinson said...

I would have G K Butterfield mail in a cheek swab. He looks like a coin flip.

Harry Baldwin said...

Well, there's always Rep. John Lewis.

Now that Ben Jealous is retiring as head of the NAACP, maybe the Honorable G.K. Butterfield can take over if Vanilla Ice isn't available.

carol said...

Don't forget they get lighter as they age.

Geoff Matthews said...

I count three who could easily pass for white, and a fourth who could pass for something other than black (hispanic, a deeply tanned caucasian, indian, or whatever).

Seamus said...

How does G.K. Butterfield possibly pass as black?

Noah172 said...

Harold Ford, Jr., in office 1997-2007 (inherited his seat from his father, HF, Sr.), was very pasty and had Euro facial features; only his hair indicated his African ancestry.

Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) is a member of the Hispanic Republican caucus because he has a Portugese somewhere in the family tree. Coulda fooled me.

ironrailsironweights said...

While some of them clearly are mixed, Butterfield is the only one whom I would not immediately identify as black upon sight.

Peter

Simon in London said...

Butterfield is whiter than my 'white' Tennessee in-laws!

Anonymous said...

no doubt others have mentioned this(in addition to it being quite obvious), but there is a double post here Steve.

Anonymous said...

They look a lot like the Creole ruling class of Haiti. Given a chance, I believe they would govern like them too.

rob said...

You double posted this. Feel free to delete this message.

Anonymous said...

maybe it's just me, but the rest of your webpage content is blank- it just shows you CBC post and a copy too, but nothing below it...

Ali said...

From wiki:

"Butterfield has three adult daughters, Valeisha, Lenai and Tunya"

Keepin' it real.

Anonymous said...

Better question is how honorable is 'honorable'?

Camlost said...

And how often did Obama attend CBC meetings when he was a Jr. Senator?

NEVER

SF said...

I would guess 9-10 could be half or greater African ancestry. Six probably a quarter or less.

countenance said...

What's all this "honorable" malarkey? Especially when Congressional ethics investigations have a disparate impact on CBC members.

Lacy ("Lazy") Clay might look white, but a box of rocks will get the better of him on an IQ test any day. He's in Congress because he chose the right father.

a Newsreader said...

Mel Watt definitely had the 1940s movie star mustache I want.

Did you try to grow one? Are there pics?

Steve Sailer said...

Comments from double posted item:

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Anonymous Anonymous said...
DOUBLE POST!!!

Delete one of 'em.

9/20/13, 8:32 AM Delete
Anonymous Anonymous said...
You forgot a few names.

9/20/13, 8:38 AM Delete
Anonymous Anonymous said...
Blog done go crazy.

9/20/13, 9:02 AM Delete
Anonymous Anonymous said...
Honorable?

9/20/13, 9:12 AM Delete
Anonymous Gringo said...
In addition, there is Benjamin Jealous, who will remain President of the NAACP until the end of the year.

9/20/13, 10:12 AM Delete
Blogger panjoomby said...
how honorable looking is the congressional black caucus?
btw, my son wears a shirt that says obama has a huge caucus.

9/20/13, 11:13 AM Delete
Blogger Power Child said...
Double post?

Speaking of the black wife advantage: In her official portrait at least, Marcia L. Fudge looks like she could be a close relative of my wife, like an aunt or an older step-sister or something. The most striking similarity is their noses, mouths, and hue.

Do you suppose black women who date/marry white men are more likely to be lighter-skinned? Despite the example of my wife (she also has freckles, green eyes, and red hair from a solitary Irish great-great-grandfather who I imagine looked like this) my experience has been that there is no steady correlation.

9/20/13, 12:27 PM Delete
Anonymous dearieme said...
In the old South Africa, most would be classed as "coloured", a few as "black" and one as "white". Or so I guess.

9/20/13, 2:48 PM Delete

Anonymous said...

Rangel represents a Hispanic-majority seat, so he'll be gone pretty soon. Either he retires or loses the primary.

Anonymous said...

"Lacy ("Lazy") Clay might look white, but a box of rocks will get the better of him on an IQ test any day. He's in Congress because he chose the right father."

Indeed, and he stabbed his own party in the back to keep his seat. When Missouri lost a seat in redistricting, the Democratic governor wanted to divide the St. Louis area into two racially-mixed Democratic leaning seats. The Republican legislature instead passed a plan that put the city into one black district and left Todd Akin's Republican seat intact. The governor vetoed the plan, and Clay had his allies side with the GOP in overriding the veto. The big loser in all this, Russ Carnahan, was so angry that he almost got into a fistfight with Clay when it happened. Carnahan challenged Clay in the primary, and lost overwhelmingly.

Power Child said...

Thanks for moving my comment here, Steve. Here are the links that got lost in translation:

Marcia L Fudge's official portrait, in which she looks like a close relative of my wife.

What I secretly imagine my wife's sole known white ancestor looked like.

Matt Buckalew said...

Butterfield's got Chesterton's chin, intitials, and skin color.

Eric Disera said...

Off topic:

Interesting essay by Jonathan Last:

https://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/two-miserable-decades_756477.html

countenance said...

Anonymous

I followed redistricting in 2011 and 2012 very closely. Everything you told me, I already know. The plan all along, when it became official that MO was going down from 9 to 8 districts, was for the General Assembly to enact a map that would be a 6-2 Republican advantage, by clumping as many St. Louis blacks and otherwise Democrat voters in one district and ditto for Kansas City in another district.

Racial gerrymandering benefits black Democrats and white Republicans at the expense of white liberal Democrats.

Oh, and thanks for mentioning my ex-boss.

Anonymous said...

Seamus said...
How does G.K. Butterfield possibly pass as black?

His family hails from Bermuda around 1910. At that time in US being "touched by the tar brush" qualified you as black, so Butterfield Sr apparently went into politics being elected by blacks to serve in the white town council. Ever since that the Butterfields have been grandfathered into blackness by the one drop rule. So he is really not a faker exactly. It is interesting to compare his story to Alexander Hamilton's.

http://records.ancestry.com/George_Kenneth_Butterfield_records.ashx?pid=3530980

His family story of victimization:
Butterfield tells the story of when his uncle died because the white doctor did not arrive after more than eight hours after the accident.

http://castroller.com/podcasts/TheRiseAnd/2727803

The 'white' slave children of New Orleans: Images of pale mixed-race slaves used to drum up sympathy among wealthy donors in 1860s

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2107458/The-white-slave-children-New-Orleans-Images-pale-mixed-race-slaves-used-drum-sympathy-funds-wealthy-donors-1860s.html#ixzz2fToXZkz9
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dufus maximus said...

By my math, the Black Caucasians are approximately hexaroon, but for some reason one of them is Mexican. Could he be Black-Hispanic?

Anonymous said...

"Racial gerrymandering benefits black Democrats and white Republicans at the expense of white liberal Democrats."

That really is the untold story of Republican successes since the 90s. Especially in the deep South.

Anonymous said...

http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2013/oct/10/year-zero-1945-oh-what-lovely-war/?pagination=false

Anonymous said...

Mr. Butterfield's ex-wife.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Farmer-Butterfield

Mr. Anon said...

"Anonymous said...

Better question is how honorable is 'honorable'?"

Yeah, I don't think that honorific should be used with most congressman.

Mr. Anon said...

Butterfield looks like David Axelrod or Dabney Coleman.

Anonymous said...

That Butterfield guy is black? If that is not 'one drop' I don't know what is.

Anonymous said...

Charles Rangel is a dead ringer for my former Indian Hindu boss and Chakah Fatah looks like the Mexican car salesman I bought my Toyota from. As for Butterfield how he can be considered 'black' seems inconceivable.

Anonymous said...

I don't see the point of this post. They look no more white (or black) than a random assortment of African Americans, amongst whom some invariably are fairer skinned.

Anonymous said...

Colonel Quaadaffy (former African) would feel right at home.

Hunsdon said...

Garrett Morris and Julian Bond

carol said...

If that is not 'one drop' I don't know what is.

That's what "black" leadership used to took like. You can imagine how frustrated they were to not easily pass over into white society. But they knew as well as anyone that they were a minority-minority.

Anonymous said...

They look a little lighter on average than your typical black-in-the-street, but aside from one or two ringers there's not much to see here.

Anonymous said...

Blogger Power Child said...
Thanks for moving my comment here, Steve. Here are the links that got lost in translation:

Marcia L Fudge's official portrait, in which she looks like a close relative of my wife.

What I secretly imagine my wife's sole known white ancestor looked like.

This Marcia Fudge looks a little like a black Rachel Maddow!

Blackie Blackmon said...

@ironrails: "While some of them clearly are mixed..."

Uumm, I think you mean "bi-racial."

Anonymous said...

American blacks have a "one drop" definition when it comes to padding the racial resume:

http://www.boston.com/news/globe/ideas/articles/2005/02/20/mistaken_identity/

However, the stupid woman in this article could easily be the victim of a hate crime by blacks who would not know or care about her small amount of "tainted" genes.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/23/booming/starting-out-us-against-the-world-but-still-together.html

pat said...

You're a little too young yet for a moustache. But you don't even have to spend the three days or so it would take to grow a little one. You have your picture posted on this blog and almost no other blogger does so. Just Photoshop on a moustache.

You might also experiment with darkening your features. Just how much 'blackface' would it take to make you fit in with the CBC?

Albertosaurus

Anonymous said...

Wow a little disturbed by all the Butterfield hate.

His long biography, including pictures of his clearly African-American parents is available here: http://butterfield.house.gov/about/biography

His great-grandmother was also a slave if that's any "consolation" to you.

Really what gives any of you the right to tell someone what their identity is based on YOUR perception of them? Especially something as superficial as outward appearance?

Only he knows his family history and his own experience. Just because he doesn't LOOK "black enough" to you doesn't mean anything.