David Covin challenges the conclusions of political scientists who have offered negative interpretations of Black politics in the post-Civil Rights era. These scholars have focused mostly on elite politics, rather than the organization and mobilization of “ordinary Black people” (3). (Covin refrains from using the term “African American,” which he considers chauvinistic.) Ultimately, Covin suggests, it was the organization and mobilization of these ordinary people that led to the historic election of President Barack Obama in 2008.
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