Despite record election achievements by African-Americans in the House, an African-American is not currently listed in the United States Senate. All three black Senate candidates, Kendrick Meek (D-FL), Alvin Greene (D-SC) and Mike Thurmond (D-GA) were projected to lose the Congressional race in the November 2nd election run. Additionally, the only incumbent black senator, Roland Burris (D-IL), is retiring. Only six black senators have served in the United States Senate, including the President, Barack Obama (D-IL). Thus far, there have been 118 voting members of Congress who are African-American. This year the GOP has 14 African-Americans on the ballot. There are 41 African-American Democrats in Congress of which most are running in majority black districts. Read more.
Elections offer voters a chance to elect an official privately and with utmost fairness. Political candidates, once elected by a bipartisan election, can only be removed by the people if there has been a grievance under a fair system of checks and balances set in place by the US Constitution. However, every day people who do not hold political positions face discrimination in the workplace on a daily basis without reprieve. To protect their rights, the United States Department of Labor instituted Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which prohibits discrimination in hiring, promotion, discharge, pay, fringe benefits, job training, classification, referral, and other aspects of employment, on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin. This law is enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
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