Protecting the Right to Discriminate: The Second Great Migration and Racial Threat in the American West

  title={Protecting the Right to Discriminate: The Second Great Migration and Racial Threat in the American West},
  author={Tyler T. Reny and Benjamin J. Newman},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  pages={1104 - 1110}
Taking advantage of a unique event in American history, the Second Great Migration, we explore whether the rapid entry of African Americans into nearly exclusively White contexts triggered “racial threat” in White voting behavior in the state of California. Utilizing historical administrative data, we find that increasing proximity to previously White areas experiencing drastic Black population growth between 1940 to 1960 is associated with significant increases in aggregate White voter support… 

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