Subconscious prejudice does not influence white opinion about Obama, policies benefitting blacks

Jul 03, 2013

A subconscious prejudice against blacks may not have an effect on how whites feel about President Obama or policies intended to benefit blacks, a new study indicates.

"These findings differ from previous research, which suggested that subconscious toward blacks—also referred to as "implicit prejudice"—eroded the white vote for Obama during the 2008 presidential elections.

Researchers reinterpreted and extended the of previous studies, analyzing data from three national election studies that looked at voting behavior, candidate evaluations and racial policy attitudes in 2008 and 2009. Across the three datasets, implicit prejudice was not associated with either views of Obama or policy opinion after taking "explicit" prejudice, also known as conscious prejudice, into account.

"These results—taken together with the findings of other recent research projects—cast doubt on the contention that implicit prejudice has political consequences," said Spencer Piston, a in the Department of Political Science at the University of Michigan. He co-authored the study with Nathan Kalmoe, a post-doctoral researcher at George Washington University.

In contrast, explicit prejudice has harmful and powerful effects, Piston said.

"For example, surveys indicate that over 50 percent of white Americans consider blacks to be lazier than whites," he said. "These prejudiced whites are less likely than non-prejudiced whites to support Obama, and they are also less likely to support policies intended to benefit African-Americans."

The results appear in Public Opinion Quarterly.

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geokstr
1.5 / 5 (8) Jul 03, 2013
Damning with faint praise, it's called.

Bet these "political scientists" voted for Obama. But you can't consider that here, because it's well known that only evil Rethuglicans are biased.
JohnGee
1.6 / 5 (7) Jul 03, 2013
Heh, the article makes the distinction between subconscious and explicit prejudice then goes on to say:
In contrast, explicit prejudice has harmful and powerful effects, Piston said.
"For example, surveys indicate that over 50 percent of white Americans consider blacks to be lazier than whites," he said. "These prejudiced whites are less likely than non-prejudiced whites to support Obama, and they are also less likely to support policies intended to benefit African-Americans."
So the "praise" refers to less than 50% of white Americans. Hmm, I wonder if there is a difference in party affiliation between the two groups.
ryggesogn2
1.4 / 5 (9) Jul 03, 2013
How many blacks, Asians, Hispanics,....consider blacks to be lazier than whites?

"53 percent of black Americans now agree that "blacks who can't get ahead are mostly responsible for their own condition." "
http://www.npr.or...16266326
This was before Juan Williams was fired by NPR.
JohnGee
2 / 5 (9) Jul 03, 2013
Being told you are worthless for half a millennium will do that to a people.
AWaB
1 / 5 (3) Jul 03, 2013
Sacco and Vanzetti were executed in the 1930's for being communists. The U.S. invaded Europe in the 1940's to stop the Socialists / Fascists (Germany / Italy). The U.S. defended Western Europe and the rest of the world from the Soviets from 1945 until the late 1980's. I don't recall us being called racists for any of that. Many of us still opposed it between the late 80's and 2008 as it gained more of a foothold in the U.S. Why on Earth would it now become 'racist' for opposing socialism / communism in 2008 and beyond?
JohnGee
1 / 5 (5) Jul 03, 2013
Sacco and Vanzetti were executed in the 1930's for being communists.
They were anarchists, not communists, and historians largely agree they were unjustly executed.
The U.S. invaded Europe in the 1940's to stop the Socialists / Fascists (Germany / Italy).
The Third Reich was fascist.
The U.S. defended Western Europe and the rest of the world from the Soviets from 1945 until the late 1980's.
And put the USSR in constant existential anxiety/crisis causing most of the aggression in the first place.
I don't recall us being called racists for any of that.
I don't recall anyone calling the US the Queen of England over it either, because it wouldn't make sense, like your posting.
Many of us still opposed it between the late 80's and 2008 as it gained more of a foothold in the U.S.
Lmao, No.
Why on Earth...
It's dogwhistle racism. A good example is finding primary sources for "desegregation". You have to search for "busing".
jscroft
1.7 / 5 (6) Jul 03, 2013
Wait... you mean I'm NOT a racist because I'm not a socialist???
ryggesogn2
1.1 / 5 (7) Jul 03, 2013
Being told you are worthless for half a millennium will do that to a people.

The were not worthless to their fellow black Africans that sold them into slavery.

The Third Reich was fascist.

Fascists are socialists controlling all industry, the Jews, and the children among others.
ValeriaT
1 / 5 (5) Jul 03, 2013
53 percent of black Americans now agree that "blacks who can't get ahead are mostly responsible for their own condition
In dense aether model the medium class is unstable life situation. Both richness, both poverty exhibits many synergies, which lead to evolution, when poor people are getting even poorer, while rich people are getting ever richer. We can compare it to spontaneous clustering of interstellar gas. Until it's fully homogeneous, it has no tendency to expand, neither collapse. But at the moment, when some density fluctuation is formed, it has a tendency to propagate.
Q-Star
2.7 / 5 (7) Jul 03, 2013
53 percent of black Americans now agree that "blacks who can't get ahead are mostly responsible for their own condition
In dense aether model the medium class is unstable life situation.


Dense aether model is a truly flexible model indeed. What does the AWT predict for the lottery next month?

We can compare it to spontaneous clustering of interstellar gas.


We could. But I doubt it will tell us much about the sociology of Americans during the Obama administration.

Until it's fully homogeneous, it has no tendency to expand, neither collapse. But at the moment, when some density fluctuation is formed, it has a tendency to propagate.


Zephyr, ya are being extra weird today,,,, did ya run out of your meds?
freethinking
1 / 5 (5) Jul 07, 2013
According to Hezbollah Progressives, you are a racist is you don't support Obama all the time and without question. You are a racist if you believe all people should be judged by their character not their skin color. You are a racist if you disagree with anything progressive. You are a racist if you don't use Sock Puppets on Physorg. You are a racist if you disagree with a black person. You are a racist if you are a white person and you defend yourself when attacked by a black person. You are a racist if you point out problems in the black community. You are a racist if you point out racism in the Black Community.
JohnGee
1.5 / 5 (6) Jul 07, 2013
FreepTwink, no one has ever said any of those things.

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