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House on Haley’s Neglect of Slavery and Politics of Race, Color and Caste: The Hill

Roger House, associate professor in American Studies, wrote an opinion piece for The Hill about Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley’s failure to identify slavery as the primary cause of the Civil War.

Haley’s reluctance to cite slavery as a primary cause of the war goes beyond political opportunism, however. It also creates a rationale for people to minimize the effects of racism today. And it can reinforce efforts to stigmatize the legitimate concerns of Black Americans in the eyes of voters.

Read the full opinion piece on The Hill.

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