Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
"At This Defining Moment"Barack Obama's Presidential Candidacy and the New Politics of Race$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Enid Lynette Logan

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814752975

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814752975.001.0001

Show Summary Details

In Defense of the White Nation

In Defense of the White Nation

The Modern Conservative Movement and the Discourse of Exclusionary Nationalism

Chapter:
(p.107) 7 In Defense of the White Nation
Source:
"At This Defining Moment"
Author(s):

Enid Logan

Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814752975.003.0007

This chapter looks at the racial politics of the right, asserting that the “real America” narrative forwarded by the McCain/Palin campaign was rooted in the racially coded populist discourse that the right has aggressively forwarded since the late 1970s. According to this discourse, the nation is endangered by cultural and demographic trends characteristic of the present age—non-white immigration, secular liberalism, gay rights, feminism, “black racism,” political correctness, and Islamic terrorism. Obama was viewed as the embodiment of these threats, a foreign other who stood in opposition to the interests of “everyday Americans” and the nation itself. The chapter illustrates how a vote for the Republican ticket is supposedly a vote to uphold the sanctity and security of conservative, white, Christian America.

Keywords:   racial politics, American Right, McCain/Palin campaign, non-white immigration, secular liberalism, gay rights, feminism, Islamic terrorism, Republican, Christian America

NYU Press Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.