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Black Elephants in the Room: The Unexpected Politics of African American Republicans

Corey D. Fields


What do people think of when they hear about an African American Republican? Are they heroes fighting against the expectation that all blacks must vote democratic? Are they Uncle Toms or sellouts, serving as traitors to their race? What is it really like to be a black person in the Republican Party? This book considers how race structures the political behavior of African American Republicans and discusses the dynamic relationship between race and political behavior in the purported “post-racial” context of US politics. Drawing on vivid first-person accounts, the book sheds light on the differ ... More

Keywords: African American Republican, Republican Party, post-racial, US politics, black identity structures, racial identity, Republican principles

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780520291898
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520291898.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Corey D. Fields, author
Stanford University