By Keith Reeves
While President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the 1965 balloting Rights Act, he defined that it flowed from ''a transparent and straightforward wrong.'' yet a iteration later, whites nonetheless stay proof against the election of blacks to public place of work. That common resistance, Keith Reeves illustrates, might be defined largely by means of election crusade appeals to whites' racial fears and sentiments. in line with empirical examine reading white electorate' attitudes in the direction of black applicants and racial framing of crusade information assurance, Voting Hopes or Fears? explosively files that racial discrimination opposed to black applicants is modern, particular, and identifiable. Reeves concludes through outlining attainable treatments resembling changed at-large vote casting platforms and by way of protecting the perform of race-conscious legislative districting, now lower than assault through the perfect courtroom. Marshaling startling facts of vote casting discrimination opposed to black applicants as a result of race, and that includes a Foreword through The Honorable A. Leon Higginbotham Jr., leader Justice Emeritus of the united states courtroom of Appeals, Voting Hopes or Fears? may be obligatory analyzing for political and social scientists, students of racism and African-American experiences, civil rights litigators, newshounds, black lawmakers and office-seekers, and normal readers drawn to the topic of race and politics in American society.
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No. (pause) No. " Focus group moderator. " [Response]: "You know, like that guy [motions to TV screen which is blank] with Gantt. He's the kind Gantt would give, er, put in charge. Someone who hasn't even gone to school. Can't even, oh, I don't know. They're just taking over, that's all. '" Focus group moderator. "So, you are saying that you've worked with blacks and" [interrupted] "Not by choice. I've had trouble. You may as well say I've worked for 'em. That they won't work is a fact, a fact.
II THE EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE This page intentionally left blank 3 The Print Press— Making an Issue of Race I did not have, to make any references to race because the newspaper said, "Mickey Michaux, black attorney from Durham, North Carolina, seeking to become the first black congressman,"—I mean every newspaper article, every TV story. The media made an issue of race. — Henry "Mickey" Michaux, quoted in Thomas E. , Race and Political Strategy That is the problem. By just letting them label you, you leave the white candidate an open field to shape race as a variable.
Race and Political Strategy That is the problem. By just letting them label you, you leave the white candidate an open field to shape race as a variable. —Thomas Pettigrew, quoted in Thomas E. , Race and Political Strategy The injection of race into an election contest in which a black and white candidate oppose each other serves as strategic technique that is meant to mobilize whites to discriminate against a black office-seeker, I have argued. What is more, the media tend to be handmaidens to such campaign strategies and tactics.
Voting Hopes or Fears?: White Voters, Black Candidates, and Racial Politics in America by Keith Reeves