Changing White Attitudes toward Black Political Leadership by Zoltan L. Hajnal

By Zoltan L. Hajnal

regardless of the hopes of the civil rights move, researchers have chanced on that the election of African american citizens to workplace has now not significantly enhanced the health of the black neighborhood. via transferring the focal point to the white neighborhood, this publication exhibits that black illustration may have a profound effect. using nationwide public opinion surveys, information on vote casting styles in huge American towns, and in-depth stories of la and Chicago, Zoltan Hajnal demonstrates that less than such a lot black mayors there's actual, confident switch within the white vote and within the racial attitudes of white citizens. this variation happens simply because black incumbency presents concrete details that disproves the fears and expectancies of many white citizens. those findings not just spotlight the significance of black illustration; in addition they exhibit the serious function that details can play in racial politics to the purpose the place black illustration can profoundly regulate white perspectives and white votes.

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