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Favorable or Unfavorable #397: Augustus Hawkins


Favorable or Unfavorable #397: Augustus Hawkins  

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Augustus Hawkins (CA-D) was one of the first Black Democratic politicians. He was converted by FDR presidency. In 1934, he faced a black GOP politician who was a direct descendant of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Heminges and defeated him. Hawkins was so light-skinned that many people didn't know he was black, although he identified openly as being black.

That Hawkins was a Democrat backing a Socialist isn't unusual. Many of the founders of the Congressional Black Caucus were supportive of Socialists. Basically any group that has unequal restrictions against them because of local, state, or federal law; or because of social or cultural prejudices are going to find Socialism more appealing than most since it is equalizing in theory and blind to gender, race, religion, etc..

His actions:

Hawkins, Augustus 1934 Rare Black Dem pol runs for state legislature in CA; backs Socialist Upton Sinclair for Gov
Hawkins, Augustus 1964 Authors a section of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
Hawkins, Augustus 1971 A founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus
Hawkins, Augustus 1978 Authors Humphrey-Hawkins full employment bill
Hawkins, Augustus 1990 Co-authors Civil Rights Act w/ Ted Kennedy, but it is vetoed by Bush
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