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Still a House DividedRace and Politics in Obama's America$
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Desmond S. King and Rogers M. Smith

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691142630

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691142630.001.0001

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“We can take the people out of the slums, but we cannot take the slums out of the people”

“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

(p.215) Chapter 8 “We can take the people out of the slums, but we cannot take the slums out of the people”
Still a House Divided

Desmond S. King

Rogers M. Smith

Princeton University Press

This chapter analyzes the impact of the racial alliances and their ideologically opposed policy agendas, which has been decisive in shaping how the issues of criminal policy and immigration are framed and how support for them is mobilized. Plainly these issues would be debated even if racial alliances did not exist. Many voters and politicians have acted on them for reasons having nothing to do with racial policy commitments. But for many others, the racial implications of policies in these areas have been vital. Racial politics have infused these issues with a content and significance they would not otherwise have. Most important, on these issues as on many others, conflicts over their racial dimensions hamper the making of beneficial policies.

Keywords:   crime, immigration, criminal policy, criminal justice, immigration issues, racial implications

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