Black solidarity and racial context: An exploration of the role of black solidarity in U.S. cities

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This article explores the concept of solidarity among Blacks in a majority Black and White context. Although past studies have shown the influence of Black solidarity, recent studies have concluded that the effects of Black solidarity are diminishing. Despite their findings, these studies have failed to identify why the role of solidarity has reduced. This study explores the contextual effects of Black solidarity. Specifically, this study asks the question: Does racial context influence Black solidarity; that is, is there more Black solidarity in a majority White context than in a majority Black context? Ordinary least squares regression results identify several important findings: (a) Blacks who lived in a majority White context displayed greater levels of Black solidarity and (b) linked fate is positively associated with Black solidarity. Further results and implications are discussed. © 2009 SAGE Publications.

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