Republican politicians support racist views without voicing prejudices explicitly

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    Dec 30, 2015 1:53 AM GMT
    Obama’s skin looks a little different in these GOP campaign ads
    A new study shows that negative ads targeting President Obama in 2008 depicted him with very dark skin, and that these images would have appealed to some viewers’ racial biases.

    The finding reinforces charges that some Republican politicians seek to win votes by implying support for racist views and ethnic hierarchies, without voicing those prejudices explicitly. The purported tactic is often called “dog-whistle politics” — just as only canines can hear a dog whistle, only prejudiced voters are aware of the racist connotations of a politician’s statement, according to the theory.

    That debate has been prominent in the 2016 campaign, primarily targeting Donald Trump, but it has existed in almost every recent presidential election. To hear their opponents tell it, when Republican politicians say they oppose a generous welfare system, they really mean black beneficiaries are lazy....

    A study published online this month in Public Opinion Quarterly provides new evidence that one GOP campaign — intentionally or not — has aired advertisements that exacerbate viewers’ racial biases...

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    Dec 30, 2015 2:00 AM GMT
    Bias in the Flesh

    Skin Complexion and Stereotype Consistency in Political Campaigns

    There is strong evidence linking skin complexion to negative stereotypes and adverse real-world outcomes. We extend these findings to political ad campaigns, in which skin complexion can be easily manipulated in ways that are difficult to detect. Devising a method to measure how dark a candidate appears in an image, this paper examines how complexion varied with ad content during the 2008 presidential election campaign...

    ...We then conduct an experiment to document how these darker images can activate stereotypes, and show that a subtle darkness manipulation is sufficient to activate the most negative stereotypes about Blacks—even when the candidate is a famous counter-stereotypical exemplar—Barack Obama ...

    ...This study demonstrates that darker images are used in a way that complements ad content, and shows that doing so can negatively affect how individuals evaluate candidates and think about politics....

    The data show that the darkest images of Obama appear in the most negative, stereotype-consistent ads....

    ...The trend lines plotted in figure 5 suggest that as the election approached, attack ads featured images with darker depictions of Obama....

    Our results suggest that darker images of Obama can indeed activate negative stereotypes about Blacks, despite the fact that Obama is a counter-stereotypical exemplar....

    Results modeling negative affect toward Obama show that respondents are more likely to rate the target “unpleasant” in response to darker images of Obama...

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    Dec 30, 2015 2:06 AM GMT
    By this I presume that the closer Hillary and Trump come to November the more tampon commercials we'll be seeing.

    "blood coming out of her wherever"
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    Dec 30, 2015 4:57 PM GMT
    GOP used Carson to improve its image

    Ben Carson’s candidacy is collapsing. Conservative evangelicals, who formerly comprised the core of Carson’s supporters, are deserting the retired surgeon in droves for Ted Cruz or other GOP presidential contenders. Carson’s public statements finally convinced many of those who once ardently supported him that his abysmal ignorance of politics and economics render him unfit for the presidency.

    ... it was Carson’s race that convinced Republican power-brokers to persuade him to run for president. The GOP needed Carson as part of an attempt to prove to black Americans that, despite a plethora of evidence to the contrary, the Republican Party isn’t racist...

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    Jan 01, 2016 6:26 PM GMT
    Trump decodes the racism and bigotry within GOP

    ...Racism and bigotry is the platform that many of the Republican presidential candidates are building their campaign around, but it is being done with code words. Political correctness is one of the phrases that has a subliminal message, and means its okay to control things because you are white...

    ...There is something frightening happening in the Republican Party, when it is not trying to improve its relevancy with an increasing diverse American population. Instead of trying to diversify with other minority voter groups, the candidates’ major focus is connecting with their base, which is mostly White. The base is angry...

    ...“This sort of racism has been prevalent in Republican politics for decades. Trump is saying out loud what other Republicans merely suggest....