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    Edward Brooke, First Black Elected U.S. Senator, Dies

    Edward Brooke, First Black Elected U.S. Senator, Dies - NBC News

    Former U.S. Sen. Edward W. Brooke, a liberal Republican who became the first black in U.S. history to win popular election to the Senate, died Saturday. He was 95. Brooke, who represented Massachusetts for two terms from 1967 to 1979, died of natural causes at his Coral Gables, Florida, home, surrounded by his family, said Ralph Neas, Brooke's former chief counsel.

    Brooke was elected to the Senate in 1966, becoming the first black to sit in that branch from any state since Reconstruction and one of nine blacks who have ever served there including Barack Obama. After Obama's presidential election in 2008, Brooke told The Associated Press he was "thankful to God" that he lived to see it. And with the president on hand in October 2009, Brooke received the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest award Congress has to honor civilians.

    "Senator Brooke led an extraordinary life of public service," Obama said in a statement Saturday. "As the first African-American elected as a state's Attorney General and first African-American U.S. Senator elected after reconstruction, Ed Brooke stood at the forefront of the battle for civil rights and economic fairness."

    Late in his second term, Brooke divorced his wife of 31 years, Remigia, in a stormy proceeding. Repercussions from the case spurred an investigation into his personal finances by the Senate Ethics Committee and a probe by the state welfare department and ultimately cost him the 1978 election. He was defeated by Democrat Rep. Paul E. Tsongas. Tsongas' widow, U.S. Rep. Nikki Tsongas, said Saturday that Brooke's career was "as courageous as it was historic."

    Brooke was raised in a middle-class black section of Washington, attending segregated schools through his graduation from Howard University in 1941. He served in an all-black combat unit in World War II, and later settled in Boston after graduating from Boston University Law School. Brooke is survived by his second wife, Anne Fleming Brooke; their son Edward Brooke IV; his daughters from his first marriage, Remi Goldstone and Edwina Petit; stepdaughter Melanie Laflamme, and four grandchildren.
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    He stood for many of the same laws and policies that Republicans now find "authoritarian". He supported a woman's reproductive right, a government's role in educating its citizens, and acknowledged discrimination is a factor of every American's life. Today, Republicans couldn't stand further away from such ideas. Democrats shouldn't act like they universally loved him either. John Kerry and other Massachusetts Democrats led a political lynching against him in the 70s that tarnished his reputation for decades. He was an honorable man way ahead of his time and too good for the two party system we have today.
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    RIP

    " Economic Fairness " ??

    He was a proponent of Government policies that mandated " fairness and equity " apparently.

    Wow, we need more of that ( sarcasm )

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    My thoughts with his family. In reading about him this morning I learned that one of the many things he did was advocating for fair housing and was the co-author of the Fair Housing Act which was part of the Civil Rights Act, very cool.
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    I don't know much about his politics but I respect the courage and determination of trail blazers.

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    Re: R.I.P. mr. Senator

    He sounds like he was a fine man, a groundbreaker, and although I'd not heard his name or story before your posting, I'd like to add my condolences and wishes for peace and comfort for the family and friends he's left behind.

    Remarkable, in my view, that only 9 black Americans have found their way into the elected American Senate. I'll have to give some thought to that fact.
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    Re: R.I.P. mr. Senator

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    He stood for many of the same laws and policies that Republicans now find "authoritarian". He supported a woman's reproductive right, a government's role in educating its citizens, and acknowledged discrimination is a factor of every American's life. Today, Republicans couldn't stand further away from such ideas. Democrats shouldn't act like they universally loved him either. John Kerry and other Massachusetts Democrats led a political lynching against him in the 70s that tarnished his reputation for decades. He was an honorable man way ahead of his time and too good for the two party system we have today.
    Perhaps you could start a more appropriate thread for such a discussion - I'd be interested in people's thoughts about why so few black Americans have been elected to the US Senate.
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    Re: R.I.P. mr. Senator

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    He stood for many of the same laws and policies that Republicans now find "authoritarian". He supported a woman's reproductive right, a government's role in educating its citizens, and acknowledged discrimination is a factor of every American's life. Today, Republicans couldn't stand further away from such ideas. Democrats shouldn't act like they universally loved him either. John Kerry and other Massachusetts Democrats led a political lynching against him in the 70s that tarnished his reputation for decades. He was an honorable man way ahead of his time and too good for the two party system we have today.
    Such bull****.

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    Quote Originally Posted by countryboy View Post
    Such bull****.
    Prove me wrong, I dare you.
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    Re: R.I.P. mr. Senator

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    Perhaps you could start a more appropriate thread for such a discussion - I'd be interested in people's thoughts about why so few black Americans have been elected to the US Senate.
    It's not an RIP thread. I mentioned what the man was about and how he couldn't be further from modern Republicans. Did Republicans suddenly start supporting abortion en masse? What about the government's role in education? Did the right wing suddenly decide they're no longer opposed to the DoE and federal education policies? He was far from the post-Reagan Republicans we have today. Hell, there are few relevant domestic policies in which he would have seen eye to eye with modern Republicans.
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