Black Presidential Politics in America: A Strategic Approach by Ronald W. Walters

By Ronald W. Walters

This e-book focuses completely at the query of the way Blacks have used presidential elections to workout political impact. atmosphere forth the argument that Blacks use the electoral method otherwise from different teams to accomplish their social, political, and monetary objectives, the paintings analyzes the strategies hired. It seems at Black participation within the politics of the primaries, social gathering conventions, and the overall elections, displaying that what occurs is the results of either conventional behind-the-scenes bargaining (dependent leverage) and the newer direct access of Blacks into the presidential choice approach as applicants (independent leverage). Walters offers with the main major issues in Black politics reports and electoral reviews as a rule: the clients for Blacks in the Democratic get together, the functionality of Black presidential candidacies, the autonomous political circulation in presidential elections, the effect of conservatism on Black presidential options, and the function of Black elected officers in presidential politics. realizing the actions and pursuits of key vote casting constituencies, resembling Blacks, permits one to appreciate the dynamics of yankee presidential elections.

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The clear presumption of this pre-condition was that there was no permanent minority. 5 Since even though Blacks constitute nearly 15% of the American population, they are largely reduced to "strategic voting" for candidates who may often not represent their interests. This is not a problem peculiar to Blacks only, but given the depths of their historic alienation from society based on their near-permanent minority status it is considered here to be a more profound problem. Indeed, the source of the profundity of such alienation may be Page 4 understood by the fact that, because of their subordinate status, Blacks have often been part of a winning coalition in a presidential election, and even then, have not had their policy interests satisfied by subsequent presidential actions.

Although the concept of the "balance of power" has often materialized as a fact in national elections, to the extent that it has done so by chance, the content has amounted to more philosophy than strategy. Those who have attempted to consciously implement the philosophy have relied upon the uncertainties of voter registration and turnout in an effort for the Black vote to become the "margin of victory," putting Black leaders into a position to make policy claims upon a winning president, according to the extant pattern of party allegiance.

Accordingly, by the early 1900s there had developed among some Black leaders (notably among what would become the Niagara Movement group of 1905), an anti-Republican sentiment. However, Black leaders with this tendency were effectively cancelled out by the more moderate leadership of Booker T. Washington and his associates, who still counseled Blacks to vote for Republican candidates. The pages of The Colored American Magazine in 1904 carried articles by Robert Terrell (soon to be appointed the first Black Federal District Court Judge) praising Roosevelt and an equally negative article damning the Democrats.

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