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Dr. Richard Fording “Racial Liberalism Resurgent: Connecting Multi-Racial Protests and Electoral Politics Today” Journal Article

Racial Liberalism Resurgent: Connecting Multi-Racial Protests and Electoral Politics Today

Dr. Richard Fording (University of Alabama) and Sanford F. Schram

Journal Article in The Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics, December 14, 2020

Abstract:

In this paper, we consider the changing nature of today’s protest–election connection by looking back to the Blue Wave of the 2018 midterm elections that led to Republicans losing control of the House of Representatives. We ask whether White voters’ participation in the Blue Wave of the 2018 elections is related to the multi-racial participation in the #BlackLivesMatter protests of 2020. Could it be that White participation in both is symptomatic of a larger resurgence of racial liberalism that is likely to continue to play a significant role in our politics going forward starting with the 2020 election?