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  •  Looking at racism doesn't tell the whole story (1+ / 0-)
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    Racism is usually considered a negative; it seems this study is also showing what would be called reverse-racism; whites with liberal attitudes towards race were more likely to favor proposals framed as coming from a black Democratic president over a white Democratic one.

    For black voters, the effect is even stronger. But here's a question - for black voters how much of it is race, and how much of it is a trust issue? See, if you're a black person who's leery of white politicians, is it paranoia - or experience based? If you're a white person leery about black politicians, ditto.

    Racism, racialism - the semantics of this are tricky, one reason polls and studies on this are so hard to do. It's even harder in a world of up-is-down rhetoric 24/7 from the right wing echo machine.

    The paper concedes it's not possible to completely frame the issue so that it's not attached to Obama in any case. I'm also wondering if the there is maybe some negative effect attached to Clinton too, which would contribute to the difference.

    But, the paper goes on to say the effect is still larger than can be explained by that alone.

    "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

    by xaxnar on Wed Mar 21, 2012 at 09:42:52 AM PDT

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