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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

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

Corey D. Fields

University of California Press

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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