Opening Act: We're Not as Prone to Believe the Attacks

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Aug. 9 2013 8:40 AM

Opening Act: We're Not as Prone to Believe the Attacks

Kate Taylor explains why black voters are so much more forgiving of Spitzer and Weiner -- according to polls and anecdotes -- than white voters.

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David Weigel is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics

Interviews with black ministers, political leaders, scholars and voters suggest two major factors at work: an emphasis in black congregations on forgiveness and redemption, and an experience, particularly among older black voters, of having seen their revered leaders embroiled in scandal.
“You can’t think of any major black leader that did not have some kind of legal or other kind of media attack, so we are not as prone to believe the attacks as other communities,” the Rev. Al Sharpton said in an interview.
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David Weigel is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics

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