Let’s just make it race day

Well, in reference to my first post today, love this from Michael Tesler in the Monkey Cage, “No, Mark Meadows. Having a black friend doesn’t mean you’re not racist.”

Regardless of what you think of the racism accusations made against Trump and Meadows at Tuesday’s congressional hearing, there’s one point that simply can’t be said often enough.

Having a black friend doesn’t mean you don’t hold racist beliefs.

The data is crystal clear about this, too. In 2009, Pew asked nearly 1,500 white Americans whether words such as intelligent, law-abiding, honest, hard-working and generous described “most blacks.”

Not many whites in the survey took the overtly racist position of saying “most blacks” lacked those positive attributes. The responses ranged from 9 percent of whites who said “most blacks” aren’t intelligent to 20 percent who said most African Americans aren’t law-abiding or generous.

Source: Pew Racial Attitudes Survey (whites only), November 2009. Graph by Michael Tesler. (Michael Tesler/Michael Tesler)

Yet the vast majority of whites who expressed such explicitly racist views still said they had black friends. In fact, the graph above shows that roughly 9 out of 10 whites who think that most blacks aren’t intelligent, law-abiding, honest, hard-working and/or generous have African American friends. [bold is mine; italics in original]

Damn if that isn’t a factoid I’m going to be using a lot in the future.

Then, regarding my second post of the day on racial attitudes and partisanship, a great twitter thread from Brian Schaffner

Also, a really nice thread from Hans Noel looking at the historical relationship between racists and the party coalitions.  These are the key points:

Twitter, obviously, can be hugely problematic.  But used properly, i.e., following people/organizations like Schaffner, Noel, Kruse, Monkey Cage, etc., it is just a gold mine of knowledge.



About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

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