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Trust in Black America: Race, Discrimination, and Politics

Shayla C. Nunnally


The more citizens trust their government, the better democracy functions. However, African Americans have long suffered from the lack of equal protection by their government, and the racial discrimination they have faced breaks down their trust in democracy. Rather than promoting democracy, the United States government has, from its inception, racially discriminated against African American citizens and other racial groups, denying them equal access to citizenship and to protection of the law. Civil rights violations by ordinary citizens have also tainted social relationships between racial gr ... More

Keywords: African Americans, racial discrimination, civil rights violations, trust, American democracy, US government

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780814758656
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814758656.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shayla C. Nunnally, author

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