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Inside the politics of Black Republicans




Republican presidential hopefuls, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and real-estate mogul Donald Trump talk about childhood vaccines during the second Republican presidential debate.
Republican presidential hopefuls, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and real-estate mogul Donald Trump talk about childhood vaccines during the second Republican presidential debate.
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Black Elephant in the Room Book Cover from University of California Press website
Black Elephant in the Room Book Cover from University of California Press website

The role of race in politics is often provocative. And one could argue that’s especially true for African American Republicans.

They can be perceived as sellouts, not living up to the expectation of what their political values supposedly should be. But beyond criticism, it may be more important to understand the reasoning behind this political choice, especially in light of the racial tension in the presidential election. So how does black identity play a role in Republican principles? Corey D. Fields explores this question in his book, “Black Elephants in the Room: The Unexpected Politics of African American Republicans.”

Using first-hand accounts, Fields illustrates the factors that shape political and racial identity for black Republicans. He speaks to Larry Mantle today to shed light on mixing racial identity with seemingly unexpected political choices.

Guests:

Corey Fields, author of "Black Elephants in the Room: The Unexpected Politics of African American Republicans" (University of California Press, 2016) and Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Stanford University

Shirley Husar, surrogate for Donald Trump for the state of California. She is also a delegate for the 27th Congressional District, consisting of Pasadena, Altadena and other cities.