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Black MosaicThe Politics of Black Pan-Ethnic Diversity$
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Candis Watts Smith

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781479823543

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479823543.001.0001

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Politicizing Identities

Politicizing Identities

Linking Identity to Politics

(p.133) 5 Politicizing Identities
Black Mosaic

Candis Watts Smith

NYU Press

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.

Keywords:   racial group consciousness, racial group, Gabriel Sanchez, Michael Dawson, African Americans

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