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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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“To Elect one of Their Own”

“To Elect one of Their Own”

Racial Alliances and Majority-Minority Districts

(p.168) Chapter 6 “To Elect one of Their Own”
Still a House Divided

Desmond S. King

Rogers M. Smith

Princeton University Press

This chapter turns to the problem of majority–minority districts. Such districts had long been under attack both by proponents of color-blind decision making and by many proponents of race-conscious approaches who regarded majority–minority districts as often operating to weaken, not to enhance, the political influence of nonwhites. These “strange bedfellow” critics are often considered counterparts to the “strange bedfellow” political proponents of majority–minority districts. Here, the chapter argues that there is evidence of efforts to foster such “strange bedfellow” coalitions. But they have generally failed, in part because political disputes over majority–minority districting have been extensively, indeed predominantly, shaped by the opposed modern racial alliances.

Keywords:   majority–minority districts, political influence, nonwhites, coalitions, political dispute, majority–minority districting, modern racial alliances

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