Researchers Find Strong Evidence of Racism in the GOP

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    Mar 03, 2016 6:11 PM GMT
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    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/03/03/researchers-have-found-strong-evidence-that-racism-helps-the-gop-win/
    ...Southern counties that had more slaves on the eve of the Civil War are distinct from their neighbors: White residents in those areas are more hostile toward African Americans and they are more likely to vote Republican today, new research shows. Drawing on archival Census figures and recent polls, the study adds to an expanding body of evidence on the importance of racial anxiety to the predominantly white Republican coalition...

    ...Following emancipation, not only did white Southerners lose the source of their economic power in this region. Given their numbers, the former slaves also threatened to end white political dominance at the polls...

    ...Those white Southerners who live where cotton was king are also substantially less likely to identify as Democrats today....

    Recent research by economists Ilyana Kuziemko and Ebonya Washington suggests that white Southerners who defected from the Democratic party after the civil-rights movement were those with the most conservative views on race.

    Polls consistently show that Republicans are more likely to hold racial prejudices, and not just in the South. Nationally, almost one in five Republicans opposes interracial dating, compared to just one in 20 Democrats, according to the Pew Research Center. While 79 percent of Republicans agree with negative statements about blacks such as the one about slavery and discrimination, just 32 percent of Democrats do, the Associated Press has found...

    ...Sears of the University of California has found that even among white voters with equally conservative views on issues unrelated to race, those with more negative views about African Americans are more likely to vote Republican...

    ...Republicans rationalize their belief that people of color are inferior...

    ...Slavery's legacy

    Recently, researchers working around the world have been discovering that a society's fears, anxieties and hatreds have remarkable longevity.

    In Africa, the descendants of those tribes who suffered most under the slave trade are more likely to be mistrustful today. In Germany, the Nazi Party won a larger share of the vote in cities where Christians had blamed Jews for the Black Death and massacred them six centuries earlier, researchers found.

    Together, these results suggests that societies can be scarred and traumatized, like people...

    "These political attitudes really can persist over generations, and last an incredibly long time."


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  • HottJoe

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    Mar 03, 2016 6:17 PM GMT
    Did they do their research in the Journal of Captain Obvious?