White Nationalism, Black Interests: Conservative Public Policy and the Black Community (African American Life Series) / Edition 1
  • White Nationalism, Black Interests: Conservative Public Policy and the Black Community (African American Life Series) / Edition 1
  • White Nationalism, Black Interests: Conservative Public Policy and the Black Community (African American Life Series) / Edition 1

White Nationalism, Black Interests: Conservative Public Policy and the Black Community (African American Life Series) / Edition 1

by Ronald W. Walters
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814330207

ISBN-13: 9780814330203

Pub. Date: 08/28/2003

Publisher: Wayne State University Press

The rise of the Conservative movement in the United States over the last two decades is evident in current public policy, including the passage of the Welfare Reform Act, the weakening of affirmative action, and the approval of educational vouchers for private schooling. At the same time, new rules on congressional redistricting prohibit legislators from

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The rise of the Conservative movement in the United States over the last two decades is evident in current public policy, including the passage of the Welfare Reform Act, the weakening of affirmative action, and the approval of educational vouchers for private schooling. At the same time, new rules on congressional redistricting prohibit legislators from constructing majority black congressional districts, and blacks continue to suffer disproportionate rates of incarceration and death-penalty sentencing. In this significant new study, the distinguished political scientist Ronald W. Walters argues that the Conservative movement during this period has had an inordinate impact on American governing institutions and that a strong, though very often unstated, racial hostility drives the public policies put forth by Conservative politicians.

Walters traces the emergence of what he calls a new White Nationalism, showing how it fuels the Conservative movement, invades the public discourse, and generates policies that protect the interests of white voters at the expense of blacks and other nonwhites. Using historical and contemporary examples of White Nationalist policy, as well as empirical public opinion data, Walters demonstrates the degree to which this ideology exists among white voters and the negative impact of its policies on the black community. White Nationalism, Black Interests terms the current period a "second Reconstruction," comparing the racial dynamics in the post-Civil Rights era to those of the first Reconstruction following the end of the Civil War. Walters's analysis of contemporary racial politics is uniquely valuable to scholars and lay readers alike and is sure to spark further public debate.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814330203
Publisher:
Wayne State University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2003
Series:
African American Life Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
339
Sales rank:
773,484
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.73(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction1
Ch. 1The Making of White Nationalism11
Ch. 2The Formation of a Policy Rationale38
Ch. 3The Assumption of Official Power67
Ch. 4New Democrat Politics and Policy Convergence93
Ch. 5The Deregulation of Civil Rights116
Ch. 6The Attack on the Black Poor145
Ch. 7The War on Blacks: Criminalizing a Race171
Ch. 8Attacking Black Access to Education196
Ch. 9Black Conservatism: White Interests223
Ch. 10Conclusion: The Integrity of Black Interests249
Notes275
Index315

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