Barack Obama won the Democratic nomination with support of independent voters in 33 states with open primaries. A black and independent alliance put him in the White House and changed American history. There is a new political category on the radar: the black independent -- 6% of Obama's vote, according to independent strategist Jacqueline Salit in her recent post-election analysis "How the Independent Movement Went Left By Going Right".
Omar Ali, a long-time independent political activist and a faculty member of the Program in African American and Diaspora Studies at Vanderbilt University, talks about his book In the Balance of Power: Independent Black Politics and Third-Party Movements in the United States published by Ohio University Press.
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