Moving away from this type of politics,
“By 1994, a majority of the Black Caucus was hunting for young Black “predators,” in sync with their Democratic Leadership Council-founding president, Bill Clinton, as detailed by Michelle Alexander a generation later. Only 11 Black Caucus members voted against the crime bill that led to an exponential increase in the incarceration of African Americans.
The year after the crime bill debacle, Conyers became the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee. His behavior from that point on was clearly tailored towards winning the coveted chairmanship. When the Katrina catastrophe hit in 2005, forcing over 100,000 Blacks into exile from New Orleans, the entirety of the Congressional Black Caucus — except for Georgia Rep. Cynthia McKinney — slavishly obeyed House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi’s dictate that there be no Democratic hearings on Katrina-related crimes against the people. Pelosi feared that Katrina hearings would taint the party as too pro-Black, endangering Democrats’ chances to retake control of the House in 2006. John Conyers also rolled over for his party leader, knowing his chairmanship depended on Democratic victory and Pelosi’s favor.”
Farewell to John Conyers Jr. – and to His Era | Black Agenda Report
John Conyers’ long career is a window on the decline of Black politics in the two generations since the demise of the mass Black movement. “Conyers managed to preserve some shred of dignity years longer than the Black Caucus as a whole.” John Conyers passed away at age 90 this week, the sixth …