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Bush and the Black Vote

University of Baltimore School of Law Legal Studies Research

Baltimore Afro-American, October 30, 2004 - November 5, 2004

1 Pages Posted: 13 Nov 2009 Last revised: 17 Nov 2009

F. Michael Higginbotham

University of Baltimore - School of Law

Date Written: November 5, 2004

Abstract

This short article addresses the problem of then-President Bush and the Republican Party not being able to muster Black support in elections. Examined are numerous reasons why this happened, such as non-support of, or outright hostility to positions favored by Blacks, as well as Republican support of political figures and a judicial nominee with views opposed to Black interests. Presidential candidate Bush was also the first major party nominee to ever refuse to speak to the NAACP. Dick Cheney is cited with views in line with Bush in many of these respects. Similar problems in other contexts are also addressed.

Keywords: George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Republican Party, Black vote, Charles Pickering, affirmative action, Bob Jones University, NAACP, Trent Lott, Strom Thurmond, Nelson Mandela, apartheid, 1964 Civil Rights Act, racial discrimination, southern strategy, John Kerry

JEL Classification: K19, K49, H19

Suggested Citation

Higginbotham, F. Michael, Bush and the Black Vote (November 5, 2004). University of Baltimore School of Law Legal Studies Research; Baltimore Afro-American, October 30, 2004 - November 5, 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1504952

F. Michael Higginbotham (Contact Author)

University of Baltimore - School of Law ( email )

1420 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
United States

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