Contemporary Controversies and the American Racial Divide is a detailed study of some of the most racially divisive issues America has encountered in the past decade. Smith and Seltzer employ more than forty surveys to explore race-based public opinion differences on high-profile controversies including the Rodney King and O.J. Simpson cases; the arrest, trial, jailing, and subsequent reelection of Washington, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry; the Million Man March and Louis Farrakhan; and the Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill controversy. The authors also look at race-based opinion differences on the inner-city crack cocaine epidemic and the spread of AIDS among the American populace.
Richard Seltzer is professor of political science at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Robert C. Smith is professor of political science at San Francisco State University.
Chapter 1 List of Tables Chapter 2 Preface Chapter 3 Introduction Chapter 4 Race, Ideology, Partisanship, and Racialism Chapter 5 American Foreign Policy and the Persian Gulf War Chapter 6 Blacks Leading America and Leading African Americans: Louis Farrakham, Colin Powell, and Clarence Thomas with Reference to the Anita Hill Controversy Chapter 7 Rumors and Conspiracies: Justified Paranoia? Chapter 8 Crimes and Punishments: an Overview of Race Opinion Differences Chapter 9 Conclusion Chapter 10 Appendix Chapter 11 References