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Friend or Foe? Congressional Black Caucus Torn Over Whether to Admit First Afro-Latino to Their Ranks

By Mario Solis Marich

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Who is Black? What does it mean to be African-American?
A debate making its way through the Congressional Black Caucus raises some fundamental questions: Who is Black? What does it mean to be African-American? And do Afro-Latinos have a seat at the table?
The group of Black lawmakers is mulling over whether to admit Congressmember Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.) to their ranks. Espaillat, a newly minted lawmaker on Capitol Hill, became the first Dominican-American member of Congress when he was elected in November. He also is the first formerly undocumented immigrant to hold office in the federal legislature. Espaillat served in the New York State Assembly, where he was chair of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic & Asian Legislative Caucus, and most recently was a member of the state Senate. He replaced the retired Rep. Charles Rangel, who was a founding member of the CBC and had served in the House since 1971.

Find out more: http://atlantablackstar.com/2017/02/08/friend-foe-congressional-black-caucus-torn-whether-admit-first-afro-latino-ranks/

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