Contemporary Controversies and the American Racial Divide

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2000 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 167 pages
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Contemporary Controversies and the American Racial Divide is a detailed study of some of the most racially divisive issues America has encountered in the past decade. Smith and Seltzer employ more than forty surveys to explore race-based public opinion differences on high-profile controversies including the Rodney King and O. J. Simpson cases; the arrest, trial, jailing, and subsequent reelection of Washington, D.C., Mayor Marion Barry; the Million Man March and Louis Farrakhan; and the Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill controversy. The authors also look at race-based opinion differences on the inner-city crack cocaine epidemic and the spread of AIDS among the American populace. The divisions in opinion between blacks and whites on these controversies are explained in terms of the distinctive historical and cultural experiences of the different races and the gaps, gulfs, and chasms in their contemporary social and economic conditions. While also noting significant commonalities in opinion across the color line, the book focuses on racial differences and their sources, and in a concluding chapter advances suggestions as to how the nation might overcome its racial divisions. This innovative study is a unique, rich, contextualized, dynamic analysis of race opinion, unlike anything else in literature.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Race Ideology Partisanship and Racialism
21
American Foreign Policy and the Persian Gulf War
39
Blacks Leading America and Leading African Americans Louis Farrakhan Colin Powell and Clarence Thomas with Reference to the Anita Hill Contr...
61
Rumors and Conspiracies Justified Paranoia?
81
Crimes and Punishments An Overview of Race Opinion Differences
99
Conclusion
135
Appendix
141
References
145
Index
159
About the Authors
169
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Richard Seltzer is professor of political science at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Robert C. Smith is professor of political science at San Francisco State University.

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