Race Trumps Woman Beating For Leader Of Massachusetts NAACP


After Massachusetts State representative Carlos Henriquez was convicted last month for beating up a woman who wouldn’t have sex with him, there was some speculation that the State Legislature would allow him to continue his lawmaking duties from behind bars.

Henriquez was jailed on a six-month sentence last week for two misdemeanor counts of assault and battery on Katherine Gonzalves in 2012. He was also charged with another count of assault and battery, witness intimidation and one count of larceny under $250, but was not convicted.

The Massachusetts House voted 146-5 to expel Henriquez from the Legislature Monday, making him the first elected representative to be ejected from the House in 98 years.

But Henriquez, who is black, can be assured of stalwart support from the race-baiting lobby, which can look past all manner of despicable behavior as long as it’s perpetrated by someone its leaders can use.

Juan Cofield, president of the New England Area Chapter of the NAACP, asked House members to abstain from the vote that sent Henriquez packing, then defended Henriquez afterward on talk radio.

“[He] was convicted of two misdemeanors — not felonies — misdemeanors, and there is no standard in the House for expulsion based on misdemeanor convictions,” Cofield said. “Almost every one of us . . . commits a misdemeanor. Jaywalking is a misdemeanor. Would you have a state representative legislator expelled from the House for jaywalking?”

No. But thankfully, 146 Massachusetts representatives saw the difference between beating up a woman who doesn’t want to sleep with scum and crossing the wrong part of the street. Or at least they were smart enough to realize what their constituents would have thought if they had voted to let him continue making State law.

Personal Liberty

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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