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Thu Jun 30, 2016, 05:32 AM

Latest Sign of Change in Harlem: Its Congressional Candidate

Source: NY Times

As Washington Heights rejoiced on Wednesday over the apparent victory of Adriano D. Espaillat in the Democratic primary to choose a successor to Representative Charles B. Rangel, the scene and tone could not have been more different a few dozen blocks to the south.

There, in Harlem, black political leaders and residents began to grapple with the end of a run of more than seven decades during which the neighborhood was represented in Congress by one of its own. The primary results also draw the curtain on an era — already a long time in passing — in which Harlem was the center of black political power in New York City and beyond.

“It’s the end of a culture,” said Rudy Williams, 63, a substance abuse counselor, who was sitting with friends in folding chairs on a sidewalk on Malcolm X Boulevard. Wearing a bright yellow newsboy hat and matching pants, he worried about what Mr. Espaillat’s win would mean for the neighborhood. “Harlem is a far cry from Washington Heights,” he said.

Reginald Jones, 51, chimed in: “We have no more face. It’s a perpetual loss of ground, a loss of the black community having identity.”

Mr. Espaillat, a state senator, was seeking to become the first Dominican immigrant to win election to Congress. He held a lead of 1,236 votes over the closest competitor, State Assemblyman Keith L.T. Wright, an African-American like Mr. Rangel, who endorsed him.


Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/30/nyregion/latest-sign-of-change-in-harlem-its-congressional-candidate.html?ref=todayspaper



The first Dominican in the US Congress -- this is a milestone for NY City and for America

It's curious that this important election hasn't drawn more attention in general here on DU

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Thu Jun 30, 2016, 07:55 AM

1. Lots of latinos in that area

But even Charlie Rangel had a Puerto Rican father and African-American Mother.

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Thu Jun 30, 2016, 08:30 AM

2. What Harlem lost was its upper middle class

first from flight out of the city once the fair housing act passed and later on from the lousy Republican economy that is killing us all. It was largely turned over to people who were struggling and had to work too damned hard to keep a vibrant community going.

A Dominican representative is news but the character of the borough has been changing slowly over a long time as Hispanics have come in.

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Thu Jun 30, 2016, 08:31 AM

3. I know Dominicans very well, as I am a Dominican by parentage, born and raised here.. I've yet to

meet an "honest Dominican politician".. they are all corrupt..

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Thu Jun 30, 2016, 12:26 PM

4. Why does Mr. Reginald Jones assume

 

... that he won't be represented fairly by his new Dominican state senator? Sounds racist. Shouldn't the guy get a chance?

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