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February 8, 2013

Is the Republican Party becoming more anti-black?

Filed under: Law/justice,Media — Mike Kueber @ 7:51 pm
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Last year, I blogged about a NY Times op-ed piece by Thomas Edsall that expressed concern about the effect of Romney-esque meritocracy on America.   

According to Edsall, Romney’s meritocracy was not a good thing because of the following negative traits that it encouraged – i.e., aggressiveness, ruthlessness, dominance-seeking, victimizing behavior, acquisitiveness and the disciplined pursuit of self-interest – and these traits have resulted in government policies that favor the wealthy and those with connections, mostly achieved through lobbying. 

I concluded my post by suggesting that Edsall was being silly:

  • Most right-thinking people agree that lobbying has improperly influenced and corrupted many a politicians.  But to blame this corruption on meritocratic influences is ludicrous.  Does Edsall think America would have less corruption if it were less meritocratic?  Hardly.  Does Edsall think Americans would have less self-interest or ruthlessness if success depended on inheritance or connections?  That’s so silly that only an intellectual could believe it.

Well, Edsall is back being his annoying self.  His op-ed piece in the NY Times today declares that the Republican Party is in demographic trouble because the party’s anti-black sentiment is turning off minorities and because minorities will be a majority by 2042.  So, how does this academic determine that the Republican Party is anti-black?  He does this through two sets of data that were designed to detect “subtle hostility towards African-Americans”: 

  1. The A.N.E.S. scale was constructed from how strongly respondents agreed or disagreed with the following assertions: 1) Irish, Italian, Jewish and many other minorities overcame prejudice and worked their way up. Blacks should do the same without any special favors. 2) Generations of slavery and discrimination have created conditions that make it difficult for blacks to work their way out of the lower class. 3) Over the past few years, blacks have gotten less than they deserve. 4) It’s really a matter of some people not trying hard enough; if blacks would only try harder they could be just as well off as whites.
  2. The General Social Survey included questions asking respondents to rate competing causes of racial discrimination and inequality: The scale was constructed from responses to the following 4 items: 1) Irish, Italian, Jewish and many other minorities overcame prejudice and worked their way up. Blacks should do the same without any special favors. 2) A 3-category variable indicating whether respondents said lack of motivation is or is not a reason for racial inequality. 3) A 3-category variable indicating whether respondents said discrimination is or is not a reason for racial inequality. 4) A three-category variable indicating whether respondents rated whites more, less or equally hardworking than blacks on 7 point stereotype scales.

Based on this data, Edsall draws conclusions about the “impact of anti-black racism” and “explicit anti-black attitudes”:

  • People who identified themselves as Republicans in 2012 expressed anti-Black attitudes more often than did Republican identifiers in 2008.”
  • “In 2008, Pasek and his collaborators note, the proportion of people expressing anti-Black attitudes was 31 percent among Democrats, 49 percent among independents, and 71 percent among Republicans. By 2012, the numbers had gone up. “The proportion of people expressing anti-Black attitudes,” they write, “was 32 percent among Democrats, 48 percent among independents, and 79 percent among Republicans.”

I sent the following comment to the NY Times:

  • Since when is it “anti-black” to believe that African-Americans are responsible for their own success and that white people are not holding them back?

 

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1 Comment »

  1. Mike the left doesn’t care about fairness. They (the left politicians) care about personal power and cast others as racists to gain power. They also focus on outcome instead of opportunity because we will never have equal outcomes in a free society so there will always be an opportunity to find some kind of ism to blame – until it is no longer a free society.

    Q

    Comment by Q — February 9, 2013 @ 2:12 pm | Reply


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