Title: The Southern Strategy: The Role of Race in US Elections "This lecture considers the role of race in US elections. Taking a historic approach, starting with Reconstruction, this discussion centers on the ways the political/electoral system, political parties and politicians have used race, racialized language, race baiting and racial groups to shape the US electoral process. The result of these manipulations, this lecture argues, is a version of democracy that is uniquely American. The long-standing influence of race in US elections has meant that social inequality has been sustained and become entrenched in American society directly contradicting the American narrative of equality, justice and fairness. Bio: Alison Mc Letchie obtained her Ph.D. in Sociology in 2013, a M.A. in Anthropology, and a Certificate in Museum Management in 2003 from the University of South Carolina (USC). Her primary research areas are: race and ethnicity, economic inequality, music and religion. Some of her current projects include a comprehensive ethnography of Catholic Hill, SC, an African-American Catholic community in rural South Carolina, Caribbean Carnivals in the Carolinas, behavioral and sexual health among HBCU students, inclusion and diversity on HBCU campuses and an investigation of Caribbean Catholic music. Dr. Mc Letchie is an Assistant Professor at Claflin University where she teaches sociology in the Department of Social Sciences.
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