Episode 43: "Black Elephants in a Room" - Black Republicans w/ Dr. Corey D. Fields

What images come to mind when you think of black Republicans? Uncle Tom? The sellout? Kanye West in a MAGA hat? Today we complicate those images by interviewing Dr. Corey D. Fields an associate professor of Sociology at Georgetown University and author of Black Elephants in the Room: The Unexpected Politics of African-American Republicans. In the interview, we discuss the history of African Americans in the Republican Party (33:40), myths and misconceptions about black Republicans (38:20), and the relationship between race and political identity (43:24). We also have a conversation about interracial dynamics within the Republican Party (46:17), the roles of gender and class in black Republican activism (49:44), the new faces of black Republicanism (59:50), and the potential for a black wave in the the Republican Party (1:02:54).

Other Topics:

00:30 - Check in with Ty and Daphne

03:52 - BhD “Oh Lawd” News

18:42 - Introduction of the Topic

20:30 - Learn More about Dr. Fields

27:05 - Gaining Access to Black Conservative Spaces

38:38 - Race-blind vs. Race-conscious Republicans

1:12:10 - Dr. Field’s Upcoming Research

1:15:34- Ty and Daphne Reflect on the Interview


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