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  •  Being against illegal immegration does not equate (0+ / 0-)

    to racism.

    Sure - much of the anti-immigration rhetoric these days is being mouthed by racists, but there are legitimate issues with simply accepting that a path to citizenship is to arrive here illegally and wait long enough.

    Having a sane immigration policy that balances the needs of the US with the populations that want to come here is not automatically a left/right issue, or even a racist/non-racist issue - and the good prof knows that.

    There have been much better studies that have picked up racial stereotyping using parametric behaviour - like response times to loaded questions after seeing a succession of faces.

    This "2 minute" exposure to latinos on a train in an area they weren't usually seen is likely to trigger reactions to the immigration debates - sort of "bringing home" the issue - but I'm not going to
    a) call these reactions racist or
    b) assume commuters will be saying to themselves "ZOMG hispanics in my neighbourhood - guess I'll vote for job-destroying GOP next time".

    NOTE - There's no mention of the appearance of these plants. If they were dark-skinned latinos in gardening clothes, that would likely elicit these reactions, but this would still not necessarily indicate racism was a factor - only that their appearance on the train would be associated with a legitimate policy issue.

    If these had been two Argentinians in business suits speaking Spanish on the train I doubt there would have been any response. Follow up experiment - take the same latino plants and dress them up in Brook Brothers suits, but otherwise conduct the same experiment. It would be interesting to see what the results would be - conservatives are very good at conflating racism and classism.

    •  For that matter why assume they had moved (0+ / 0-)

      into the neighborhood?   If you were making racial or class assumptions, why wouldn't you assume they were going to perform some service in the neighborhood not live in it.

      •  I think the experimental design was that the (0+ / 0-)

        train routes were chosen so it was not expected that latino's would be on the train - and therefore the appearance of latino's on the train where none were seen before would be a reminder of immigration.

        As for the "in my neighborhood" quip - you're right, coming originally from the UK I mistakenly made a different assumption.

        However - for the purposes of my point it doesn't matter which neighborhood the individuals were perceived to have lived, their novel appearance would be likely to trigger reactions relating to immigration. People in the UK are right now wringing their hands over the prospects of a flood of Romanian and Bulgarian migrants similar to the previous Polish wave, a prospect that may have helped the isolationist UKIP party to a second place showing in a recent by-election. But - to the point I was making there are other indications that UKIP voters do not see themselves as right wing,  which also suggests that Boston liberals concerned about immigration are not going to rush to a party with which they share no other worldview.

        But overall this seems a pretty indefensible study - how it got past any internal review in Harvard is beyond me.

    •  The tell is if they were anti-immgrant in 1990 (0+ / 0-)

      The largest ethnic group of undocumented immigrants in the US circa 1990 was Irish.  Yep.  They blended in pretty well and nobody was talking about building a fence or cracking down on illegals.

      Nope the current chorus mysteriously ginned up when the shade of the undocumented turned darker.

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