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Black Elephants in the RoomThe Unexpected Politics of African American Republicans$
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Corey D. Fields

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520291898

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520291898.001.0001

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Race Doesn’t Matter

Race Doesn’t Matter

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(p.85) Chapter Three Race Doesn’t Matter
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Black Elephants in the Room
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Corey D. Fields

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520291898.003.0004

This chapter focuses on African American Republicans who can be labeled as “color-blind” because their strategy for linking black identity to Republican politics involves de-emphasizing the role of race in black people's lives. These African American Republicans see themselves as linked to a broader black community, but they reject identity politics as the pathway to racial uplift. They endorse Republican social policy as part of a commitment to an abstract notion of conservative politics, not because the policies are good for black people. Indeed, for race-blind African American Republicans, the best thing for blacks is to abandon race-based identity politics.

Keywords:   African American Republicans, black identity, Republican politics, black community, identity politics, Republican social policy, conservative politics

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