The Grift: The Downward Spiral of Black Republicans from the Party of Lincoln to the Cult of Trump

Sourcebooks. Jan. 2024. 400p. ISBN 9781728290225. $26.99. POL SCI
Award-winning journalist/documentarian/SiriusXM radio host Cane (Live Through This) provides his perspective as a political commentator on how white supremacy, Republicanism, and Trumpism have influenced some Black Republicans. His work and research—spanning from the Civil War to the present—explores and highlights the political decisions, actions, and strides of many influential Black leaders, including some he says aligned themselves with white supremacists and became sellouts and traitors to rise to high levels and roles. The author disagrees with many of the people—mostly Republicans but not all—his book examines. He calls them grifters, adding that they’re “opportunists who shape-shift for personal gain” and power. The work also shines light on the freedom of individual people, regardless of race, have to make difficult decisions, whether in agreement with others or not.
VERDICT A timely addition. Cane covers a lot of ground in this title about several politicians, especially Black Republicans, and makes an enormous effort to cite multiple resources, which lean toward popular versus academic sources, such as encyclopedias, websites, and newspapers. But some readers may believe he falls short of substantiating all his claims and may disagree with the labels that he applies to those with opposing views.
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