The Congressional Black Caucus, Minority Voting Rights, and the U.S. Supreme Court (Hardcover)

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Both the U.S. Supreme Court and the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) claim to advocate minority political interests, yet they disagree over the intent and scope of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), as well as the interpretation of the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment. Whereas the Court promotes color-blind policies, the CBC advocates race-based remedies. Setting this debate in the context of the history of black political thought, Rivers examines a series of high-profile districting cases, from Rodgers v. Lodge (1982) through NAMUDNO v. Holder (2009). She evaluates the competing approaches to racial equality and concludes, surprisingly, that an originalist, race-conscious interpretation of the 14th Amendment, along with a revised states' rights position regarding electoral districting, may better serve minority political interests.

About the Author

Christina R. Rivers is Associate Professor of Political Science at DePaul University.

Praise For…

"Christina R. Rivers’ timely account of the influence of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) on minority voting rights in the U.S. contains valuable insight into the historical and political role of race in the Supreme Court’s voting rights decisions."
—APSA Legislative Studies Section
— Victoria Rickard

"Rivers explores the clash between the Congressional Black Caucus's race-conscious approach and the Supreme Court's color blind perspective on the role of race in redistricting, representation, and the law. ... Graduate seminars on racial politics, election law, or African American political thought would benefit from this book. Scholars who study these topics, in addition to voting rights, redistricting, and the Congressional Black Caucus, should also read this compelling and well-written book."
American Review of Politics

— David Canon

Product Details
ISBN: 9780472118106
ISBN-10: 0472118102
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication Date: July 17th, 2012
Pages: 228
Language: English

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