About Me

I am Associate Professor and Chair of the History Department at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. I am also the Academic Director of the Clemente Course in the Humanities, in New Bedford MA. Author of "Social Security and the Middle Class Squeeze" (Praeger, 2005) and the forthcoming "Saul Alinsky the Dilemma of Race in the Post-War City" (University of Chicago Press), my teaching and scholarship focuses on American urban history, social policy, and politics. I am presently writing a book on home ownership in modern America, entitled "Castles Made of Sand? Home Ownership and the American Dream." I live in Providence RI, where I have served on the School Board since March 2015. All opinions posted here are my own.

Monday, November 05, 2012

Romney as the minority candidate

It says quite a bit about race in this country, that the person whose viability as a presidential candidate depends entirely on his deep support from one racial group (Romney, and white men over the age of 40) is portrayed by the mainstream media as having wide appeal...while the candidate who is supported by a strong majority of those voters who will increasingly dominate the electorate in the decades to come (Obama) is depicted as being almost entirely dependent upon 'minorities.'

Privileged and older white men ARE a minority group, people, and will become even more so over time. And their votes count the same as everyone else's. 

And they no longer represent the 'center' or 'core' of anything.  Other than the Republican Party, that is.

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