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Still a house divided : race and politics in Obama's America

King, Desmond S. (Author). Smith, Rogers M., 1953- (Added Author).

Summary: Why have American policies failed to reduce the racial inequalities still pervasive throughout the nation? Has President Barack Obama defined new political approaches to race that might spur unity and progress? This book examines the enduring divisions of American racial politics and how these conflicts have been shaped by distinct political alliances and their competing race policies. Combining historical knowledge with a detailed exploration of such issues as housing, employment, criminal justice, multiracial census categories, immigration, voting in majority-minority districts, and school vouchers, the authors assess the significance of President Obama's election to the White House and the prospects for achieving constructive racial policies for America's future. Offering a fresh perspective on the networks of governing institutions, political groups, and political actors that influence the structure of American racial politics, they identify three distinct periods of opposing racial policy coalitions in American history. The authors investigate how today's alliances pit color-blind and race-conscious approaches against one another, contributing to political polarization and distorted policymaking. Contending that President Obama has so far inadequately confronted partisan divisions over race, the authors call for all sides to recognize the need for a balance of policy measures if America is to ever cease being a nation divided. Presenting an account of American political alliances and their contending racial agendas, this book sheds light on a policy path vital to the country's future.

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  • OCLC: ocn744904904
  • ISBN: 0691159629
  • ISBN: 9780691159621
  • ISBN: 0691142637
  • ISBN: 9780691142630
  • ISBN: 1400839769
  • ISBN: 9781400839766
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (x, 377 pages) : illustrations
  • Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2011.

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Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents: pt. 1. Obama's inheritance. "That they may all be one" : America as a house divided -- pt. 2. The making and unmaking of racial hierarchies. "That is the last speech he will ever make" : The antebellum racial alliances -- "We of the North were thoroughly wrong" : How racial alliances mobilized ideas and law -- pt. 3. The trajectory of racial alliances. "This backdrop of entrenched inequality" : Affirmative action in work -- To "affirmatively further fair housing" : Enduring racial inequalities in American homes and mortgages -- "To elect one of their own" : Racial alliances and majority-minority districts -- "Our goal is to have one classification: American" : Vouchers for schools and the multiracial census -- "We can take the people out of the slums, but we cannot take the slums out of the people" : How today's racial alliances shape laws on crime and immigration -- pt. 4. America's inheritance. Prospects of the house divided.
Subject: United States -- Politics and government -- 2009-2017
United States -- Politics and government -- 2001-2009
United States -- Race relations -- Political aspects -- History
African Americans -- Politics and government

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