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

Paperback | August 1, 1997

byKeith ReevesAs told byA. Leon Higginbotham

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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 beexplained 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 discriminationagainst 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 socialscientists, 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.

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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 beexplained in large part by election campaign appea...

Keith Reeves is Assistant Professor of Public Policy in the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvrad University. A former Henry Luce Scholar, he graduated from Swarthmore College, attened Oxford University, and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. He was an expert witness in Hays v. Louisiana III, a Federal court chal...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 8.11 × 5.39 × 0.71 inPublished:August 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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"This volume is required reading for undergraduate and gradaute students and faculty concerned with black political reality in the US."--Choice