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The causes and consequences of the Southern Strategy as it relates to African-Americans and the American political system Richard Nixons Southern Strategy or as the Nixon administration would call it positive polarization of the 1960s was a political platform that provided the final push in transforming the the party of Lincoln into the political party greatly favored by the great grandsons of the old Confederacy This strategy was aimed at getting support from the traditionally Democratic South by promising not to promote sweeping social or economic changes in race relations Nixon argued that he supported equality however he was against big government Meaning he was not in favor of enforcing the civil rights or integration laws He was against forced busing and affirmative action Once Nixon was elected he eliminated the timeline requirements for compliance with affirmative action and integration laws using this strategy Nixon assigned the task of promoting positive polarization to his vice president Spiro Agnew This promotion caused great tension against blacks amongst whites Spiro would send representatives into white communities disguised as minority advocates to inform them of government programs created to help minorities at the tax payers expense Nixon also promoted black capitalism in an effort to separate middle class blacks from poor blacks Nixons strategy fueled on racial jealousies was successful It helped the GOP win five of the past eight presidential elections It re-established the two-party system which was once predominantly the Democratic South In 1994 it helped the GOP end the 40-year democratic rule in congress Why the significance of the new Black Conservatism within the context of the Southern Strategy combined with American politics becoming more conservative in the post 1960s era The growth in ethnic minorities in this country threatens the very existence of the Republican Party and the presence of Black Conservatism is vital to its survival The shadow of the Southern Strategy and radical right
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