Why have American policies failed to reduce the racial
inequalities still pervasive throughout the nation? Has President
Barack Obama defined new political approaches to race that might
spur unity and progress? "Still a House Divided" examines the
enduring divisions of American racial politics and how these
conflicts have been shaped by distinct political alliances and
their competing race policies. Combining deep historical knowledge
with a detailed exploration of such issues as housing, employment,
criminal justice, multiracial census categories, immigration,
voting in majority-minority districts, and school vouchers, Desmond
King and Rogers Smith assess the significance of President Obama's
election to the White House and the prospects for achieving
constructive racial policies for America's future.
Offering a fresh perspective on the networks of governing
institutions, political groups, and political actors that influence
the structure of American racial politics, King and Smith identify
three distinct periods of opposing racial policy coalitions in
American history. The authors investigate how today's alliances pit
color-blind and race-conscious approaches against one another,
contributing to political polarization and distorted policymaking.
Contending that President Obama has so far inadequately confronted
partisan divisions over race, the authors call for all sides to
recognize the need for a balance of policy measures if America is
to ever cease being a nation divided.
Presenting a powerful account of American political alliances
and their contending racial agendas, "Still a House Divided" sheds
light on a policy path vital to the country's future.
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