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Ever wonder how it was back before the Southern Strategy, when the hard-core racist Dixiecrats were still Democrats, the Republican Party managed to lose the Black vote? And by "managed to lose", I mean "actively drove off".

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...though I guess it probably takes more explanation than that, because whiteness is itself a socially constructed category. Time was, you could set downtrodden immigrant populations against black Americans, and eventually assimilate them into whiteness to keep the white population up and use the same rhetoric as before.

For some reason, that doesn't seem to be working lately with Latino and Asian immigrants, and, for that matter, it didn't work all that well with Jews either, even though they do usually get the "white" label. Maybe it's information tech, as keithmm said. The Republicans actually had a lot of success with Arab-Americans in 2000 but screwed the pooch completely after 9/11.

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