- Why do think Southern racist politicians chose to frame their defense of racial segregation through the language of “law and order”? What special advantages was this choice of words going to give them?
The Southern racist politicians chose to frame their defense of racial segregation through using “law and order” due to this phrase allowing for them to hide their racism behind something that sounds right and proper. Who would not want law and order? This allowed for them appear as morally right in comparison to their opposition.
- Do you think the Southern Strategy is still influencing American politics? Give an example supporting your answer.
I’m not sure if the Southern Strategy is still influencing American politics. To say it is would imply that anyone who believes in policing is deep down a racist, and I don’t think this is the case. With that said, one could make the claim that the attempts to bring “law and order” are still being used to oppress minorities in America today, especially with very sad videos coming out of black man dying while being arrested by the police.