Chris Matthews to Black Actor: Does Congressional Black Caucus Need to ‘Crack the Whip’?

The MSNBC host was asking whether about how little the Congressional Black Caucus had to show for its support of the Democratic Party

Chris Matthews to Black Actor: Does Congressional Black Caucus Need to 'Crack the Whip'?! (NewsBusters)

For someone supposedly adept at ferreting out bigoted code-words and racist dog whistles in American political discourse, Chris Matthews was incredibly careless with a turn of phrase on Thursday night's edition of Hardball. During a segment with African-American actors best known for their role on HBO's The Wire, Matthews asked Gbenga Akinnagbe for his thoughts on why black Democratic politicians had so little to show for their years of loyalty to the party.

Did the Congressional Black Caucus, for example, need to "crack the whip" when it came to pushing its agenda for improving America's inner-city black communities like Baltimore's. 

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