Open Primaries National Virtual Discussion
Organizer: Open Primaries
Professor Omar Ali discusses the multiple independent political tactics and strategies that African-Americans have used to expand democracy and demand civil and political rights since the founding of the nation. Historically, most black voters in the United States have aligned themselves with one of the two major parties: the Republican Party from the time of the Civil War to the New Deal and, since the New Deal — and especially since the height of the modern civil rights movement — the Democratic Party. But as Professor Ali convincingly demonstrates in his newly updated book In the Balance of Power, African-Americans have long been part of independent political movements and have used third parties to advance some of the most important changes in the United States.