Blexodus: The Black Exodus From The GOP

Vice President Richard Nixon shakes arms with former baseball star Jackie Robinson in Plainfield, New Jersey, Oct. 4, 1960 the place Nixon was campaigning. Robinson has been talking for Nixon across the nation. The vp’s spouse Pat, proper, seems to be on. (AP Photo/Henry Griffin) Henry Griffin/AP disguise caption

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Vice President Richard Nixon shakes arms with former baseball star Jackie Robinson in Plainfield, New Jersey, Oct. 4, 1960 the place Nixon was campaigning. Robinson has been talking for Nixon across the nation. The vp’s spouse Pat, proper, seems to be on. (AP Photo/Henry Griffin)

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How did the occasion of the Ku Klux Klan turned the occasion of selection for black voters? And how did the occasion of Abraham Lincoln develop into 90 p.c white? It’s a messy story, exemplified within the doomed friendship between Richard Nixon and his fellow Republican, Jackie Robinson.

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