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By Zoltan L. Hajnal

ISBN-10: 0511261241

ISBN-13: 9780511261244

ISBN-10: 0521857473

ISBN-13: 9780521857475

Regardless of the hopes of the civil rights circulation, researchers have chanced on that the election of African american citizens to place of work has now not tremendously greater the future health of the black neighborhood. through transferring the focal point to the white neighborhood, this e-book exhibits that black illustration could have a profound influence. using nationwide public opinion surveys, info on balloting styles in huge American towns, and in-depth stories of l. a. and Chicago, Zoltan Hajnal demonstrates that below so much black mayors there's genuine, confident switch within the white vote and within the racial attitudes of white citizens. this alteration happens simply because black incumbency offers concrete info that disproves the fears and expectancies of many white citizens. those findings not just spotlight the significance of black illustration; in addition they show the serious position 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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Surveying these findings, Colburn recently claimed that “the more often blacks served in prominent political positions and as mayors, the more acceptable they were to whites” (Colburn and Adler 2003: 40). This positive turnaround in the white vote across these cases seems to offer support for an information model of white political behavior. 1:30 P1: KNP 0521857473c01 CUNY528B/Hajnal 0 521 85747 3 Black Leadership: The Possibilities Printer: cupusbw October 18, 2006 31 There are, however, important exceptions to this pattern of growing white support for black incumbents.

They cannot know whether the actions of the black incumbent are designed to serve black interests or simply to placate the larger white community. The absence of any real change in white well-being 1:30 P1: KNP 0521857473c01 CUNY528B/Hajnal 0 521 85747 3 Black Leadership: The Possibilities Printer: cupusbw October 18, 2006 29 under a black mayor may convince some white residents that they have little to fear from this black leader, but other white voters will dismiss the mayor’s record on the ground that whites remained largely in control of the city.

As Allport notes, “A prejudice, unlike a simple misconception, is actively resistant to all evidence that would unseat it” (1954: 9). Even if the words and actions of black incumbents do not fit whites’ racial stereotypes, a prejudice model predicts that whites will use an array of tactics to try to maintain those stereotypes and create cognitive consistency (D. Hamilton 1981). They will ignore events that do not square with their views of blacks and discount contradictory evidence as an exception to the rule (Kunda and Oleson 1997; 11 12 It is worth making one last comment about information levels: much of the recent literature on political information notes that aggregate opinion is much more rational and coherent than individual opinion.

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