by Melissa Harris-Perry (The Nation)
Electoral racism in its most naked, egregious and aggressive form is the unwillingness of white Americans to vote for a Black candidate regardless of the candidate’s qualifications, ideology or party. This form of racism was a standard feature of American politics for much of the twentieth century. So far, Barack Obama has been involved in two elections that suggest that such racism is no longer operative. His re-election bid, however, may indicate that a more insidious form of racism has come to replace it.
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