Political Science, Department of


Date of this Version

December 2007


Published in National Political Science Review 11 (2007), pp. 325-334. The National Political Science Review (NPSR) is a referred publication of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists. http://www.ncobps.org/journals.htm


The concept of deracialization gained notoriety following elections held in November of 1989. During these elections, a number of African-American candidates captured victories in majority-white electoral jurisdictions, leading McConnick to coin this Election Day as "Black Tuesday." Among those elected on "Black Tuesday" include: L. Douglas Wilder as governor of Virginia, David Dinkins as mayor of New York City, Norman Rice as mayor of Seattle and Chester Jenkins, mayor of Durham, North Carolina. In this article we systematically examine the deracialization construct/strategy and the potentially damaging impact that such a strategy might pose on the black community.