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Michael L. Ondaatje

Michael L. Ondaatje

Michael L. Ondaatje is Deputy Director of the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences, and Professor of History, at Australian Catholic University. He is an award-winning researcher and teacher, and a regular commentator on US history and politics in the media. He is the author of Black Conservative Intellectuals in Modern America (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010), and has recently embarked on a biography of Neville Bonner, the first Indigenous Australian to sit in the federal parliament.

'Black and Republican in the Age of Trump' by Michael L. Ondaatje

October 2020, no. 425 24 September 2020
While on the campaign trail against Hillary Clinton in 2016, Donald Trump appeared to deviate from a scripted speech he was delivering in Dimondale, Michigan. What followed was remarkable: ‘At the end of four years, I guarantee you that I will get over ninety-five per cent of the African-American vote. I promise you.’ Undaunted by six decades of black voting behaviour and his own poor standing ... (read more)