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The Constellation of Politics and Economics: A Dynamic Duo in the Black Economy

The Constellation of Politics and Economics: A Dynamic Duo in the Black Economy 44 The Review of Black Political Economy THE CONSTELLATION OF POLITICS AND ECONOMICS: A DYNAMIC DUO IN THE BLACK ECONOMY By Robert S. Browne I. Introduction W23 million people, one third of them concentrated in 15 cities, the black population of America constitutes a potential force of formidable dimensions in American political affairs. Its potential is further enhanced by its relatively low median age and high growth rate when compared to the white population. To be sure, these quantitative factors are heavily vitiated by a variety of qualitative characteristics of the black community which are likelyto weaken its potential for political effectiveness. These characteristics include the low level of black voter registration and electoral participation, the legal and illegal disenfranchisement of significant portions of the black population, its subjection to gerrymandering at the hands of white majorities who can render the black ballot largely ineffective, and the traditional dependence of the more politically active portion of the black electorate and of its The Constellation of Politics and Economics elected officials on one or the other of the two major political parties. II. Black Electoral Politics The above characteristics notwithstanding, it is increasingly clear that today we find ourselves entering http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Review of Black Political Economy SAGE

The Constellation of Politics and Economics: A Dynamic Duo in the Black Economy

Review of Black Political Economy , Volume 2 (1): 12 – Mar 1, 1971

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© 1971 National Economic Association
ISSN
0034-6446
eISSN
1936-4814
DOI
10.1007/BF03040583
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44 The Review of Black Political Economy THE CONSTELLATION OF POLITICS AND ECONOMICS: A DYNAMIC DUO IN THE BLACK ECONOMY By Robert S. Browne I. Introduction W23 million people, one third of them concentrated in 15 cities, the black population of America constitutes a potential force of formidable dimensions in American political affairs. Its potential is further enhanced by its relatively low median age and high growth rate when compared to the white population. To be sure, these quantitative factors are heavily vitiated by a variety of qualitative characteristics of the black community which are likelyto weaken its potential for political effectiveness. These characteristics include the low level of black voter registration and electoral participation, the legal and illegal disenfranchisement of significant portions of the black population, its subjection to gerrymandering at the hands of white majorities who can render the black ballot largely ineffective, and the traditional dependence of the more politically active portion of the black electorate and of its The Constellation of Politics and Economics elected officials on one or the other of the two major political parties. II. Black Electoral Politics The above characteristics notwithstanding, it is increasingly clear that today we find ourselves entering

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Published: Mar 1, 1971

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