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Trust in Black AmericaRace, Discrimination, and Politics$
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Shayla C. Nunnally

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814758656

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814758656.001.0001

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The Political Context

The Political Context

Chapter:
(p.191) 7 The Political Context
Source:
Trust in Black America
Author(s):

Shayla C. Nunnally

Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814758656.003.0007

This chapter considers how black Americans think about race in political trust. The analysis extends the literature on political trust, race, and representation by examining how blacks think about trust, and by comparing blacks' trust in black political actors to their trust in white, Asian American, and Latino political actors. The chapter also examines how blacks trust in federal versus local levels of government, in addition to determining the extent to which the race of a political actor influences trust in these actors to do what is right for blacks' interests. Racial protectiveness messages have a negative effect on insular ties to other blacks, as greater emphasis on these messages reduces feelings of political closeness to other blacks. As for trusting political actors of a certain race to represent the interests of blacks, whites and people in general are clearly trusted least.

Keywords:   political trust, race, federal government, local government, blacks' interest, racial protectiveness

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