Sunday, October 16, 2011

R*cist B*st*rds

Slate has a story noting, with some astonishment, the current popularity of Herman Cain with conservatives and Tea Party members.

The bafflegabment is easy to understand; after all, if the Tea Party is about anything, it is about racism, right?

Well, as it happens, there is some comforting news for the true believers:
But maybe the Tea Party shouldn’t be so cheery, says Christopher Parker. He’s an associate professor of political science at the University of Washington. In 2010, he was the lead investigator on an academic study of the Tea Party and race. The academics surveyed 117 “true believers” of the movement, alongside hundreds of “true skeptics,” people with mixed opinions, and people who didn’t know about the movement. Parker found that Tea Partiers held generally more negative views of blacks and Hispanics, measured in a number of ways.

One of Parker’s test statements was: “Irish, Italians, Jewish, and many other minorities overcame prejudice and worked their way up. Blacks should do the same without special favors.” Seventy percent of all white people in the study agreed; 88 percent of Tea Partiers agreed. Another statement: “If blacks would only try harder they could be just as well off as whites.” Fifty-six percent of all white people agreed, and 73 percent of Tea Partiers. These are the kind of sentiments that Cain has voiced as he’s been asked about race. “He has an inspiring story,” says Parker. It doesn’t change the study’s conclusions.

Yep, no doubt about it, denying the bigotry of low expectations is the sure sign of fuming racism.


Blogger erp said...

Studies like statistics and polls merely confirm whatever the researcher wants to prove.

Would tea party members be more or less racist had 99% said that blacks could never measure up to whites no matter how hard they worked?

October 16, 2011 12:25 PM  
Blogger David said...

It's almost as if the Tea Party is made up of conservatives.

October 29, 2011 11:42 AM  
Blogger Hey Skipper said...


Ya think?

It must count as one of the strongest reality distortion fields EVER to conclude that saying another group is as good as we are is somehow racist.

Without even a hint of irony.

November 04, 2011 7:31 PM  

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