The Republican `Permission Structure' for Racial Resentment

To hear some conservatives tell it, the Republican Party's history on race relations is nothing to be ashamed of. 

To hear some conservatives tell it, the Republican Party's history on race relations is nothing to be ashamed of. Sure, Strom Thurmond and other racists switched from the Democratic to the Republican coalition at the very moment when Democrats were abandoning segregation and embracing civil rights for blacks. But that wasn't because of race. It was because of [insert something about "constitutional principles" and "states' rights" here].

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