Robert C. Smith


On his book Conservatism and Racism and Why in America They Are the Same

Cover Interview of December 05, 2010

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Why Conservatism Fails to Appeal to African Americans.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“The public, politicians and the media are often puzzled by the consistent failure of conservatism to have much appeal to African Americans.  This book provides the answer to those puzzles.”

On the second:

“In close, careful study of the biographical and historical records, I found no evidence that Reagan was a racist or white supremacist.  It was Reagan’s principled, ideological conservatism that led him to oppose every civil rights bill enacted in the 1960s.”