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Race to the Bottom: How Racial Appeals Work in American Politics

LaFleur Stephens-Dougan


African American voters are a key demographic to the modern Democratic base, and conventional wisdom has it that there is political cost to racialized “dog whistles,” especially for Democratic candidates. However, politicians from both parties and from all racial backgrounds continually appeal to negative racial attitudes for political gain. Challenging what we think we know about race and politics, LaFleur Stephens-Dougan argues that candidates across the racial and political spectrum engage in “racial distancing,” or using negative racial appeals to communicate to racially moderate and conse ... More

Keywords: Black politics, racial attitudes, racial appeals, campaigns, electoral politics, Obama

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780226698847
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226699035.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

LaFleur Stephens-Dougan, author
Princeton University