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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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Perspectives on Intraracial Coalition and Conflict

Perspectives on Intraracial Coalition and Conflict

(p.175) 6 Perspectives on Intraracial Coalition and Conflict
Black Mosaic

Candis Watts Smith

NYU Press

This chapter argues that there is widespread agreement on political and social goals and objectives among African Americans. While it has been shown that the African American identity-to-politics link—or the influence of group identity on political attitudes—is strong, the extent to which a “universal” Black political agenda exists is contested. There have always been some differences in the political choices, opinions, and claims of Blacks in this society, and with diversity comes dissent. William Raspberry argues that “there is no black agenda”; but he goes on to assert that if there ever was one, it is shrinking and now only includes “affirmative action, incarceration rates of African Americans, and the sentencing disparities between crack and cocaine charges.”

Keywords:   African Americans, William Raspberry, black agenda, affirmative action, social goals

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