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Title: 'Campaigns Against "Blackness"': Criminality, Civility, and Election to Executive Office
Author: James, Joy
Abstract: ‘Campaigns against “Blackness”’ focuses on the 2008 Democratic presidential primary waged by Barack Obama and the 2006 Massachusetts gubernatorial race run by Deval Patrick. It explores racial bias expressed against and by African-American males seeking high office. In these campaigns, the convergence of racial uplift and multicultural democracy manifests in mandates against blackness represented as criminality and political incivility. Historically, US anti-black anima forged tropes of ‘criminality’ and ‘incivility’ that demonized blacks as unsuitable for full citizenship. Today, the new black candidates successfully deflect these tropes, in part, by redeploying them against non-elites, and anti-racist discourse and activism.
Department: African and African American Studies
Subject: Barack Obama Hillary Clinton Deval Patrick Ben LaGuer Kerry Healey racism electoral campaigns black political candidates sexism
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2152/7107
Date: 2009

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