Chapter 1 -
Rethinking the Barriers to and the Potential of Black Political Empowerment in South Carolina
-Todd C. Shaw and Willie Black
"Rethinking the Barriers to and the Potential of Black Political Empowerment in South Carolina,” by Dr. Todd C. Shaw and Mr. Willie Black, political science professors at the University of South Carolina and Benedict College, respectively, argues that given the minority status of the Democratic Party in the state – the political party to which most African Americans belong – the best opportunity for black representatives to achieve meaningful legislation is through progressive legislative coalitions. They would include coalitions that helped African Americans achieve civil rights as well as newer nontraditional alliances.