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Black Political Participation: A Sociohistorical Look at the Electoral Participation of Blacks

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Black politics at the basic level is study of the phenomena of black voting and its relation to convention political behavior. By itself, voting by blacks is often not sufficient to affect lasting social change. In the recent past - at least - it has been a means of securing legal justice and making inroads in local and national politics. Therefore, political participation here will be confined to conventional politics: voting and vote-related behavior. This paper explains why those engaged in contemporary social movements and the study of race should reconsider the history of the relationship between race and politics. Race and racialization have defined and delimited, as well shaped interactions between cultural beliefs, expressions, individuals and collective actions, and governmental policies and practices. Likewise, governmental actions in the U.S.—local, state, and national—have profoundly shaped race and its political significance over time. Therefore, understanding race as a social construct, this paper argues that raced sociopolitical movements have contributed to defining racial electoral participation in sociohistorical movements. In the political opportunity model, the group’s goals can only be accomplished by participation through voting. In addition, the paper will examine the struggle over racial categories and connections with power and privilege over time looking at the voting behavior or blacks.
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Name: 33rd Annual National Council for Black Studies
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Thomas, Leonard. "Black Political Participation: A Sociohistorical Look at the Electoral Participation of Blacks" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 33rd Annual National Council for Black Studies, Renaissance Atlanta Hotel Downtown, Atlanta, GA, Mar 19, 2009 <Not Available>. 2014-11-30 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p302471_index.html>

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Thomas, L. D. , 2009-03-19 "Black Political Participation: A Sociohistorical Look at the Electoral Participation of Blacks" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 33rd Annual National Council for Black Studies, Renaissance Atlanta Hotel Downtown, Atlanta, GA <Not Available>. 2014-11-30 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p302471_index.html

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Abstract: Black politics at the basic level is study of the phenomena of black voting and its relation to convention political behavior. By itself, voting by blacks is often not sufficient to affect lasting social change. In the recent past - at least - it has been a means of securing legal justice and making inroads in local and national politics. Therefore, political participation here will be confined to conventional politics: voting and vote-related behavior. This paper explains why those engaged in contemporary social movements and the study of race should reconsider the history of the relationship between race and politics. Race and racialization have defined and delimited, as well shaped interactions between cultural beliefs, expressions, individuals and collective actions, and governmental policies and practices. Likewise, governmental actions in the U.S.—local, state, and national—have profoundly shaped race and its political significance over time. Therefore, understanding race as a social construct, this paper argues that raced sociopolitical movements have contributed to defining racial electoral participation in sociohistorical movements. In the political opportunity model, the group’s goals can only be accomplished by participation through voting. In addition, the paper will examine the struggle over racial categories and connections with power and privilege over time looking at the voting behavior or blacks.


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