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Voting Hopes or Fears? : White Voters, Black Candidates, and Racial Politics in America - Keith Reeves

Voting Hopes or Fears?

White Voters, Black Candidates, and Racial Politics in America

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Published: 1st August 1997
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When President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the 1965 Voting Rights Act, he explained that it flowed from "a clear and simple wrong." But a generation later, whites still remain resistant to the election of blacks to public office. That widespread resistance, Keith Reeves illustrates, can be explained in large part by election campaign appeals to whites' racial fears and sentiments. Based on empirical research examining white voters' attitudes towards black candidates and racial framing of campaign news coverage, Voting Hopes or Fears? explosively documents that racial discrimination against black candidates is contemporary, specific, and identifiable. Reeves concludes by outlining possible remedies such as modified at-large voting systems and by defending the practice of race-conscious legislative districting, now under attack by the Supreme Court.
Marshaling startling evidence of voting discrimination against black candidates on account of race, and featuring a Foreword by The Honorable A. Leon Higginbotham Jr., Chief Justice Emeritus of the US Court of Appeals, Voting Hopes or Fears? will be mandatory reading for political and social scientists, scholars of racism and African-American Studies, civil rights litigators, journalists, black lawmakers and office-seekers, and general readers interested in the subject of race and politics in American society.

"This volume is required reading for undergraduate and gradaute students and faculty concerned with black political reality in the US."--Choice "This volume is required reading for undergraduate and gradaute students and faculty concerned with black political reality in the US."--Choice

Forewordp. xiii
Our Intractable Problem
Race--A Political Lightning Rodp. 13
Voting Discrimination against Black Candidatesp. 25
The Empirical Evidence
The Print Press--Making an Issue of Racep. 45
The Persistence of Racial Prejudice in the Electoratep. 61
The Consequences of Cueing Subtle Appeals to Racep. 76
Affirmative Action and Equal Political Opportunity Revisited
In Pursuit of a Level Playing Fieldp. 93
The Content Analysis Studyp. 113
The 1992 Biracial Election Campaign Studyp. 115
The Voting Rights Actp. 119
Notesp. 145
Referencesp. 155
Table of Casesp. 172
Indexp. 173
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ISBN: 9780195101621
ISBN-10: 0195101626
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 1st August 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.57 x 13.79  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.26