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.