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Well, I suppose it's not a surprise, but Stanford researchers reported last month that they found whites who think there is anti-white racism are more likely to be from the South, and identify as Republicans or Evangelicals.

The researchers are Aliya Saperstein and Damon Mayyl of the Stanford sociology department.  Their main finding:

Using data from a 2006 survey of American racial and religious diversity, Saperstein, along with fellow sociologist Damon Mayrl, found that the answer varies depending on where you are. In the South, the most likely discrimination reporters are evangelical Christians. Elsewhere, it's Republicans.

The paper is behind a paywall (if you have access to Elsevior, you can get it from the link on the article).

Regarding the South:

Objectively real or not, the researchers found that 8 percent of whites nationwide said they had experienced racial discrimination in the past three years. This number was significantly higher in the South, jumping to 11 percent....Particularly overrepresented among Southerners reporting racial discrimination were evangelical Protestants, who accounted for 60 percent of the reverse discrimination reports in the South.
It haslong been accepted by sociologists that evangelical Christianity reinforced segregation and racism, especially in its emphasis on individualism and a literal reading of the bible that sees Africans as the descendants of Ham from Genesis 9.

The Stanford researchers point to how Southern evangelicals have a built in sense of how the natural order of things are supposed to be in the South, which is different from evangelicals elsewhere.

"Southern evangelical churches appear distinctive from churches elsewhere, and we think that has to do with how they have helped their members understand the racial order in the past," said Mayrl. "We're taking the focus a little off the theology and putting it on the social structures in which people live."
What about the GOP?
Republicans, on the other hand – who report at average or below-average rates in the South – were significantly more likely to say they had been treated unfairly on the basis of their race.
Interestingly, the researchers did not point to conservatism as the main issue, but rather with identity--if one feels that there is revers racism, one is more likely to identify as Republican.  It's not the conservative ideology, but the brand of being the party against affirmative action or other race-based programs.

This is in tune with a a number of other studies, where Republicans are more likely to believe that the Civil War was about states' rights and to praise Confederate leaders.

So, there you go.  We knew it already, but now what there's a study to confirm it.

Originally posted to dizzydean on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 01:28 PM PST.

Also republished by RaceGender DiscrimiNATION.

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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

    To be free and just depends on us. Victor Hugo.

    by dizzydean on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 01:28:06 PM PST

  •  I have to walk my dog, but will check (2+ / 0-)
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    back in later.  

    To be free and just depends on us. Victor Hugo.

    by dizzydean on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 01:29:54 PM PST

  •  Well the TGOP is about white supremacy; they can (4+ / 0-)

    Have these "persons". These are the same suckers who fought for the evil Confederacy.
    Can't be fixed, just contained.

    •  The problem is that SCOTUS is on their side now (0+ / 0-)

      Does anyone think that there is not a very good chance that the conservative judicial activists won't eliminate race as a factor in college admissions in the Fisher v. U of Texas case (decision due soon) or to kill Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act in Shelby County, AL v. Holder (oral arguments on 2/27)?  You know they want to.  All the more reason to hope that Scalia or Kennedy retires before Obama is out of office.

      Maybe then we can also get DC v. Heller and Citizens' United revisited....

      To be free and just depends on us. Victor Hugo.

      by dizzydean on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 03:18:17 PM PST

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  •  As a white, Democrat, Male Episcopalian from (9+ / 0-)

    New England, this is what I want to know: when will we, as a nation, stand up and stop the South from continuing to hijack our national politics? When, at long last, will we remind them that they lost that war? When, at long last?

    What is truth? -- Pontius Pilate

    by commonmass on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 01:43:20 PM PST

    •  The right thing to do would have been (7+ / 0-)

      to reduce the rebellious states back to Federal territory under the military governorship of U.S. Grant, a celebrated applied political philosopher (ahem) and, by the time the war ended, a staunch foe of bigotry and aristocracy. Unfortunately, that opportunity is long past, and I'm quite certain no one feels like fighting the Civil War over again.  

      Visit Lacking All Conviction, your patch of grey on those too-sunny days.

      by eataTREE on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 01:57:30 PM PST

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      •  No one feels like fighting the Civil War (5+ / 0-)

        over again? Tell that to the South.

        What is truth? -- Pontius Pilate

        by commonmass on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 02:07:17 PM PST

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      •  execute the Confederate leadership (4+ / 0-)

        The entire traitor officer corps and the entire traitor civilian government: every last one of them should have been hanged.  The planter class in whose name the war was waged should have been dispossessed at the very least: stripped of their land and they and their families reduced to wandering beggars with nothing to offer anyone: "Pardon me, good man ... would you have need of a master?"

        Instead, we had "look forward, not backward".

        Something's wrong when the bad guys are the utopian ones.

        by Visceral on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 02:10:20 PM PST

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        •  Executing Lee would have made the South (5+ / 0-)

          ungovernable; besides which, he didn't decide to start the war. The one who should have been hanged is Davies (and he probably would have been, had he not escaped).

          Agreed regarding land reform. And re-admission to the Union shouldn't have happened -- at least, not until the South was a place fit for true representative self-government.

          Visit Lacking All Conviction, your patch of grey on those too-sunny days.

          by eataTREE on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 02:18:16 PM PST

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          •  Lee was a traitor in the name of slavery (4+ / 0-)

            Lee not only perpetrated treason in defense of slavery, he was perhaps the principal military leader of the traitor army.  It's disgusting how people are so willing to exonerate him.  His image as a genteel aristocrat and honorable man defending his home made it more necessary to execute him than some cynical opportunist who'd fall right back into line under Union rule.  His death would have been a direct strike against the toxic myth of the Confederacy.

            If his execution would have made the South ungovernable, then the answer would be to go down the Confederate chain of command and keep hanging until it became governable.

            Something's wrong when the bad guys are the utopian ones.

            by Visceral on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 02:26:01 PM PST

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        •  And disarmed, no guns for southern whites nt (3+ / 0-)
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      •  The problem was that SCOTUS killed Reconstruction (7+ / 0-)

        by interpreting away the 15th Amendment in 1875 (see US v. Reese, Minor v. Happersett and US v. Cruickshank).  They allowed the Southern states to put Jim Crow laws into place, which led to the Southern Dems to squeeze the former slaves out of the electoral process.  Sadly, that's a narrative that most Americans don't know.

        To be free and just depends on us. Victor Hugo.

        by dizzydean on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 02:55:37 PM PST

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      •  Spoken like a true radical (3+ / 0-)
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        I agree with you 100%. If Charles Sumner and Thad Stevens had gotten their way this country would be a better place. If Johnson had been killed along with Lincoln, that probably would have happened, though I think the best case scenario would have been Lincoln not getting killed (or not allowing the 1864 convention to pick is running mate for him).

        I think if Lincoln had lived he would not have given Sumner, Stevens, et al, everything they wanted but he would have continued to grow and move in a leftist direction, as he had done for the past several years. He might have been able to do what was necessary to achieve lasting change, force an alliance between the freed people and poor whites who had been duped into fighting and dying for the master class (just as many poor southern whites are still duped into supporting present day plutocrats). If anyone had the combination of idealism and political savvy to do it, it was Lincoln.

    •  never ... we're afraid of them (5+ / 0-)

      The South lost the war, but they won the peace.  Southern values and worldview isn't confined to the South anymore: it's all over the Plains and Mountain West and regarded by those people as their own rather than aspired to and learned from someone else.  The conventional wisdom is that those values and worldview - subsumed into general conservatism - are native, as opposed to the European import of liberalism.

      Ironically, it would be very Southern of us to say to them: "Fuck what you want!  This is our country!"

      Something's wrong when the bad guys are the utopian ones.

      by Visceral on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 01:58:25 PM PST

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    •  When there was talk... (4+ / 0-)
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      of putting Reagan on some type of currency, I thought of putting Lee's surrender to Grant at Appomattox on the reverse.
      They know they lost in 1865 but they also think that it was just another battle in the longer war (the war over traditional culture) that will never end.
      See you tonight at the IVH? Fill us in on GMB02?

      All sane people detest noise. Mark Twain

      by Man Oh Man on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 02:03:32 PM PST

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    •  Goodness, more South bashing. (2+ / 0-)
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      I like how so-called Progressives forget that things are not/have not been so rosy outside the South as well. No state/region is immune to teh stupid. Only political posuers blame the nation's problems on a single region of the country.

      Whether we are talking 8% or 11%, it is not a huge amount of reported discrimination. To read the comments so far, one gets the impression that the other 92-89% surveyed are found only outside of the South.

      I don't see the difference between southerners who feel victimized by "Yankees" and those outside the South who feel they are somehow victims of the region.

      There is work to do and we have to remain focused.If we want to keep a Republican from appointing another Justice to SCOTUS, then we best understand that winning Texas and/or Georgia will enable us to do so.

      "There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.".. Buddha

      by sebastianguy99 on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 02:26:47 PM PST

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    •  Like it or not, (1+ / 0-)
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      and I often don't, democracy is messy.

  •  In other news, bears shit in the woods (3+ / 0-)
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    No surprise here.

    Funny thing is, most of the instances they bring up are things like "a black man flipped me off on the highway" or "an Hispanic waitress ignored me and talked with her girlfriend", basic things that they might complain about white people doing to them, but when a black person does it, it's racism.

    Or, it's "the black guy got the job over me because of quotas". No evidence of this mind you, just common knowledge.  Many times in these instances, it's actually other white people that create the case for feeling this way.

    Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear. ~William E. Gladstone, 1866

    by absdoggy on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 02:03:58 PM PST

  •  My Dear Northern Friends.. (1+ / 0-)
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    Racial bigotry is a SYSTEMIC not a localized disease. The study details that in its findings.  Lets try to heal racial prejudice wherever it resides.


    by michealallison on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 02:14:41 PM PST

  •  What's reverse racism? (0+ / 0-)

    It's either racism or it isn't.

    Boehner Just Wants Wife To Listen, Not Come Up With Alternative Debt-Reduction Ideas

    by dov12348 on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 02:50:35 PM PST

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