Barack Obama, Post-Racialism, and the New Politics of Triangulation examines black voters' relationship to the political process and to the first black president in a prematurely post-racial America. Using interviews with members of the Congressional Black Caucus, empirical data, news accounts, academic literature and case law, Professor Terry Smith argues that the price of black electoral success outside of traditional majority-minority settings has become the triangulation of the post-racial black politician's African-American constituency. The book is broad-ranging in its examination of how black politics has become so susceptible to marginalization even in a nation governed by its first black president. Among other contributing factors, the book examines how money in politics curtails black voter choice and autonomy, the attempt by black conservatives to fracture black voter cohesion, and the tenuous alliance of Latino and black voters. It then turns its attention to the electoral calibration that post-racial black politicians such as Obama must perform between identifying with black-centric concerns and retaining the support of white voters who are averse to race talk, even when it is in the name of racial equality. While observing that the balance struck by Obama has at times amounted to the triangulation of black voters, the author ultimately observes that black voters are sophisticated enough to channel disappointment into a redoubling of their engagement with the political process to demand that it work in their interests.
"Mission Accomplished! Terry Smith sets out to illustrate how African Americans have fared in a post racial triangulation society. He is critical of the triangulation theory, yet, provides a balanced critique filled with statistics and further evidence of its impact on the African American Community. He exposes judicial and political hypocrisy in the unpleasant realities regarding race, politics and money. It is an act of courage to describe the harsh truth facing disparities in the African American community economically, socially and politically. Yet, Terry Smith does all these things well. He speaks truth to power and hopefully we will all listen." - Gilda R. Daniels, associate phrofessor, University of Baltimore School of Law and former Deputy Chief of the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Voting Section
"In a sea of nonsensical post-racial hoopla, Professor Smith brings to the fore in this important book the 'new politics of triangulation, 'which he describes as 'the 'third way' between liberalism and conservatism.' Obama, accordingly, does not represent racial progress but a new and perhaps more problematic phase of phenotypical rather than substantive representation for people of color in the polity. My hope is that this book helps progressives and people of color understand once and for all that politicians should be judged not by the color of their skin but by the content of their politics!" - Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Professor of Sociology at Duke and author of Racism Without Racists
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 19th June 2012
Dimensions (cm): 22.4 x 14.4 x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.393