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Michael Fauntroy
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Michael K. Fauntroy is an associate professor of public policy at Howard University, where he teaches courses in political parties, African American politics, and American government. He served as an associate professor at George Mason University (GMU) from 2002-2013. At GMU, he taught courses in civil rights policy and American domestic policy.

Prior to joining the faculty at GMU, he was an analyst in American national government at the Congressional Research Service (CRS). At CRS, he provided research and consultations for members and committees of Congress. From 1993 to 1996, he was a civil rights analyst at the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, where he conducted research on major civil rights issues.

Fauntroy's most recent book, Republicans and the Black Vote, analyzes the historical relationship between African Americans and the GOP and points out how the party has used public policy and political symbolism to demonize and marginalize African Americans. He is also the author of Home Rule or House Rule? Congress and the Erosion of Local Governance in the District of Columbia (2003).

Fauntroy's next book, which examines conservatism and Black voter suppression, will be published in 2017.

Fauntroy is an experienced media commentator with more than 1000 radio and television appearances since 2008. He has provided analysis on national radio and television networks such as ABC News, CBS News, NBC News, CNN, MSNBC, Syndication One, Comcast, Radio One, the British Broadcasting Corporation, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Canadian Television News, NPR, Pacifica Radio, and Sirius/XM Satellite Radio. He has also appeared local radio and television stations in Chicago, Illinois; Denver, Colorado; Houston, Texas; St. Louis, Missouri; Tampa, Florida; and Washington, D.C.

Fauntroy is a graduate of Hampton University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. He earned a Master's Degree in Public Affairs, specializing in public administration and public policy analysis and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Political Science from Howard University.

You can check out Fauntroy at He is also on Twitter: @MKFauntroy.

Entries by Michael Fauntroy

Trump Exploits Civic Ignorance

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2016 | 9:51 PM

Gallons of ink (both actual and cyber) have been spilled trying to explain the sources of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's support. Voter anger lies at the center of most explanations. No one climbs on a limb when they say that a sizable portion of the American electorate is angry....

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What Trump and Reagan Share

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2016 | 3:37 PM

This year's Republican presidential nominating contest shows that nearly three decades after Ronald Reagan left office, his impact on the Republican Party endures. Republican candidates can barely give a speech without invoking the Gipper's name. It seems as if every Republican candidate worth his or her salt calls his name...

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Crafty Conservative Confederate Flag Move Obscures Larger Issue

(65) Comments | Posted July 7, 2015 | 3:57 PM

Dylann Roof's massacre of innocent, prayerful African Americans in a Charleston, South Carolina, church forced the Confederate battle flag back into the national dialogue. Roof's brazen act of domestic terrorism led a number of Southern conservatives, including some prominent elected officials, to call for the removal of the flag from...

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2014 Takeover Takeaways: It's All About Turnout

(34) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 7:47 AM

It was a great night for Republicans as they nearly swept all the important U.S. Senate races and won some governorships that seemed very unlikely. There has been a lot of handwringing about the role of President Obama, ISIS, and even Ebola in the outcome. I think the results were...

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Donald Sterling Is Low Hanging Fruit

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 7:57 PM

The only people surprised by the audio recording of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and his convoluted racism are those who have no idea who he is or what he is about. He is a well-documented and repugnant racist who for decades used his wealth to and privilege to...

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Member Stations Diminish PBS Black History Month Programming

(4) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 10:41 AM

Black History Month always leaves me conflicted. I believe the entire nation benefits whenever attention is paid to the contributions of groups of Americans. I also believe the month of February is viewed by many as historical drudgery. I think its hard to argue against the notion that most schools...

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Trayvon Martin and President Obama's Moment

(15) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 2:20 PM

President Obama's recent remarks on Trayvon Martin's death and George Zimmerman's acquittal opened the door to a new, more fulsome national dialogue on racism, the law, and American society. While his words were poignant and necessary, they will ring hollow if he does little else going forward to give voice...

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GOP Minority Outreach Is Doomed to Fail

(35) Comments | Posted April 7, 2013 | 4:06 PM

Much has been made of the Republican Party "autopsy" done in the wake of its poor showing in the 2012 national elections. Some party watchers and activists blamed its nominee, Mitt Romney, for their failure to overcome a beatable President Barack Obama, takeover the Senate, or expand its majority in...

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As Kwame Brown Sentence Shows, Not All Scandals Are Scandals

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2012 | 8:34 AM

The year 2012 will go down in local political history as the year the progeny fell. Former D.C. City Council members Harry Thomas, Jr., Kwame Brown and Michael A. Brown all faced public judgement for their transgressions. Two pled guilty in court for crimes they committed; the other, who had...

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Steve Smith, Racism, and the Republican Dilemma

(8) Comments | Posted June 7, 2012 | 3:40 PM

Let me stipulate up front that I do not believe all Republicans are racists. I know and know of a number of Republicans committed to fairness and fighting racial, ethnic and cultural inequality and all of its byproducts. I also do not believe all racists are Republicans. There are a...

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Supporting Obama With "Facts"

(19) Comments | Posted April 16, 2012 | 5:08 PM

I happily voted for Senator Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election. I think he is a 180 degree improvement upon his predecessor, a man I think should be indicted for war crimes. However, I am also among those who believe that he has been timid on racial issues and...

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A Bigger Threat to Our Democracy Than Citizens United

(39) Comments | Posted February 22, 2012 | 9:17 PM

Citizens United, the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision that allowed unlimited corporate spending in American federal elections, has created a political firestorm on the political Left as the specter of even more money influencing elections and empowering the rich at the expense of the poor. The outrage, while legitimate, reveals...

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The Real Problem With Romney's Wealth

(1) Comments | Posted January 29, 2012 | 3:31 PM

Mitt Romney's recent release of his tax federal tax filings reveals a real problem for him and the Republican Party. It's not just the amount of his vast wealth, or his former Swiss bank account, or his money stashed away in the Cayman Islands. The problem is that these three...

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Cain, Coulter, and Irresponsible Race Talk

(23) Comments | Posted November 4, 2011 | 2:08 PM

The revelation that Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, as CEO of the National Restaurant Association, engaged in behavior that led the organization to enter into financial settlements (including non-disclosure agreements) with two employees has left a wake of collateral damage and irresponsible race.

The most notable damage...

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Herman Cain's (and the GOP's) Confusion About Black Voters

(191) Comments | Posted October 4, 2011 | 8:35 AM

Herman Cain recently gave voice to a tired narrative Republicans offer to explain the Grand Old Party's pathetic performance with Black voters that is as absurd as the notion that he will win his party's presidential nomination. Mr. Cain stated in an interview on CNN's Situation Room with...

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In Defense of Tavis and Cornel

(108) Comments | Posted August 10, 2011 | 1:41 PM

I am friends with Tavis Smiley and Cornel West, so it has been hard for me to watch and hear the often nasty attacks leveled at them both. While no person is above criticism, and I would not have used some of their words, much of what I'm hearing about...

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Will President Obama Become Mayor Dinkins?

(243) Comments | Posted August 5, 2011 | 6:01 PM

Consider this the sounding of the alarm.

A narrative is beginning to develop regarding the 2012 presidential election that, while true, interesting, and worthy of discussion, seems to miss the more important point. It goes something like this: With astronomically high unemployment rates and a general lack of attention,...

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Obama Is Treating Friends Like Enemies and Enemies Like Friends

(159) Comments | Posted December 8, 2010 | 3:54 PM

A review of President Barack Obama and his White House's interaction with congressional Democrats and Republicans reveals a troubling narrative: On too many issues, the president and his staff treat friends like enemies and enemies like friends. This is troubling because, I believe, the overwhelming majority of congressional Republicans are...

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Takeover Takeaways

(3) Comments | Posted November 3, 2010 | 12:17 PM

The 2010 elections provided much for the Republicans to celebrate and Democrats to lament. However, there are some takeaways both parties need to keep in mind going forward to avoid a electoral disaster in 2012.

Off-year elections are all about the president.
Democrats can cite all...

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The Public Discourse Deserves Better Than Steve King

(28) Comments | Posted June 14, 2010 | 11:01 PM

I have heard a number of false allegations leveled against President Barack Obama -- socialist, communist, illegal immigrant, terrorist sympathizer, etc. Iowa Congressman Steve King (R-Limbaugh/Coulter/Palin) took things to a new level when he said on G. Gordon Liddy's radio show that: "the President has demonstrated that he has a...

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