How does Ben Carson fit into the tradition of the Republican Party? Why did Richard Nixon consider choosing a black running mate in 1968? How did Ronald Reagan appeal to black voters? Why is the Black Republican today seen as a contradiction in terms?
For the thirteenth episode of Campaign Context, Professor Leah Wright Rigueur (Harvard University) discusses the history of the Black Republican, race, and partisan politics. Wright Rigueur is a leading scholar on race and Republican politics, and the author of The Loneliness of the Black Republican: Pragmatic Politics and the Pursuit of Power.