Voting Hopes or Fears? White Voters, Black Candidates, and Racial Politics in America

ISBN-10: 0195101626
ISBN-13: 9780195101621
Edition: 1997
Authors: Keith Reeves
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Book details

List price: $56.00
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/23/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

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.

Foreword
Our Intractable Problem
Race--A Political Lightning Rod
Voting Discrimination against Black Candidates
The Empirical Evidence
The Print Press--Making an Issue of Race
The Persistence of Racial Prejudice in the Electorate
The Consequences of Cueing Subtle Appeals to Race
Affirmative Action and Equal Political Opportunity Revisited
In Pursuit of a Level Playing Field
The Content Analysis Study
The 1992 Biracial Election Campaign Study
The Voting Rights Act
Notes
References
Table of Cases
Index

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