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Winning While LosingCivil Rights, the Conservative Movement, and the Presidency from Nixon to Obama$
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Kenneth Osgood and Derrick E. White

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049083

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049083.001.0001

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George W. Bush, Compassionate Conservatism, and the Limits of “Racial Realism”

George W. Bush, Compassionate Conservatism, and the Limits of “Racial Realism”

(p.216) 7 George W. Bush, Compassionate Conservatism, and the Limits of “Racial Realism”
Winning While Losing

Steven F. Lawson

University Press of Florida

This chapter examines how President Bush promoted compassionate conservatism through his education policy, No Child Left Behind, and his support of diversity in his cabinet. Bush’s tactics reflected his belief in equal opportunity but failed to account for the complexity of institutionalized racism. Hurricane Katrina and the accusations of racism demonstrated Bush’s limited understanding of institutionalized racism. Bush deviated from conservative norms by affirming the legacy of the civil rights movement while still opposing key policies like affirmative action.

Keywords:   George W. Bush, compassionate conservatism, Hurricane Katrina, No Child Left Behind, affirmative action, Voting Rights Act, institutionalized racism

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