Linking Identity to Politics
This chapter focuses on racial group consciousness of African Americans. Gabriel Sanchez asserts that “group consciousness is a resource that generates political activity through an individual's attachment to a group.” On that note, the race-based treatment of African Americans as a group has led them to act in solidarity in the political realm. For instance, they use the well-being of their racial group as a proxy for their own well-being when making political decisions. Thus, African Americans have not only developed a set of schemas around racial issues, but more importantly, they have developed a racial belief system that makes them fairly liberal on issues such as social welfare, government spending, and affirmative action.
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