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Across 110th Street


Kyrsten Sinema’s courageous rush into the breach, that kept a handful of the richest people in America from having to cough up $14 billion in taxes that they would owe if their income from managing private hedge funds was treated as income, reminded me of the following story about A. Philip Randolph, when he was fighting to organize the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters.

When the Pullman Company discovered to its horror that Randolph’s organizing efforts might succeed, its management decided to send him a blank check, with a notation that the amount was not to exceed one million dollars. (This would be the equivalent of about $20 million in today’s money).

Randolph sent the check back with a note. The note said:

“This Negro is not for sale.”

I wish the soon to be former Senator Sinema well in her next position as a shareholder at Blackstone or wherever.

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