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  •  There was some interesting research on that ... (6+ / 0-)

    ... during the 2008 election campaign.  Studies showed that voting was less race-based in regions where there were almost no minorities (less than 5%), or where there were a lot of minorities (more than 30%).  It was regions in that middle range - where there were enough Others to see but not enough that you couldn't help but interact with them - where race-based voting was most pronounced.

    Good morning! ::huggggggggggs::

    •  Interesting. (3+ / 0-)
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      winterbanyan, MKSinSA, NCrissieB

      If there were less than 5%, there was no perceived threat, and there for they felt free to vote outside of ones race?  And if there was more than 30 % perhaps they've already moved beyond the fear of loosing ones sense of privilege??

      •  The prevailing theory was ... (2+ / 0-)
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        ... less than 5% minorities was so few that you might not even know they live among you, while greater than 30% minorities was enough that you're sure to know several personally.  At either end of that scale, you're less likely to fear lost privilege.

        It's in the middle range - enough minorities to see but not enough that you're sure to know some personally - that fear of lost privilege seems to breed.

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