May 27, 2016 1 Comment
So, I recently came across this piece in the Christian Science Monitor with the title, “The surprising relationship between intelligence and racism.” Of course, I was intrigued. So, it’s actually a fairly simple analysis of General Social Survey data by some Sociologists. Here’s the deal:
The findings may surprise some: While people who score higher on intelligence tests are less likely to hold racist stereotypes (such as imagining that people of another race are lazy or unintelligent), they’re no more likely to support government policies that aim to reduce racial inequality. For example, while 95 percent of study participants who scored higher on the intelligence test said that black and white children should attend the same schools, only 22 percent support school-busing programs…
Overall, those who scored better on the test had more favorable opinions of blacks and were less likely to blame them for their disadvantages than did their lower-performing respondents.
But when it came to government policy – affirmative action, or busing, for example – smarter respondents were no different than their less-intelligent peers…
And while the overwhelming majority of the smarter group supported integrated schools (95 percent), only a fraction supported school-busing programs (22 percent).
The conclusion that Wodtke draws is that both the high and low scorers on the tests may have racist attitudes, but the high scorers “are simply more sophisticated racists.”[emphases mine]
Got that? If you don’t support school busing or affirmative action that means you are simply a “more sophisticated racist.” You want to know why Sociologists have a reputation for being hopelessly, ideologically, liberal? This. Now, are these policy attitudes masking actual racism in some intelligent whites? I have no doubt that’s the case. But to entirely ignore political context and simply claim that not supporting affirmative action or busing is inherently a “racist” attitude?! I guess that’s what comes from spending all your time in an ideological bubble as potent as getting all your information from Fox News and Rush. Ugh. I think Sociology is inherently a fascinating discipline that we can learn a lot from, but I also think pervasive far-left liberalism significantly diminishes it’s intellectual rigor.