Black Elephants in the Room (Paperback)
The Unexpected Politics of African American Republicans
University of California Press, 9780520291904, 296pp.
Publication Date: October 18, 2016
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Black Elephants in the Room 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 different ways black identity structures African Americans' membership in the Republican Party. Moving past rhetoric and politics, we begin to see the everyday people working to reconcile their commitment to black identity with their belief in Republican principles. And at the end, we learn the importance of understanding both the meanings African Americans attach to racial identity and the political contexts in which those meanings are developed and expressed.
About the Author
Praise For Black Elephants in the Room: The Unexpected Politics of African American Republicans…
— Basil A. Smikle Jr., Executive Director, New York State Democratic Party
— New York Times Book Review
— American Journal of Sociology