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July 06, 2013

An Interesting Study On Racism

With results that surprise.

Americans consider blacks more likely to be racist than whites and Hispanics in this country.

Thirty-seven percent (37%) of American Adults think most black Americans are racist, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Just 15% consider most white Americans racist, while 18% say the same of most Hispanic Americans. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

There is a huge ideological difference on this topic. Among conservative Americans, 49% consider most blacks racist, and only 12% see most whites that way. Among liberal voters, 27% see most white Americans as racist, and 21% say the same about black Americans.

From a partisan perspective, 49% of Republicans see most black Americans as racist, along with 36% of unaffiliated adults and 29% of Democrats.

Among black Americans, 31% think most blacks are racist, while 24% consider most whites racist and 15% view most Hispanics that way.

Among white adults, 10% think most white Americans are racist; 38% believe most blacks are racist, and 17% say most Hispanics are racist.

Got that? Despite the constant left-wing mantra that blacks cannot be racist, blacks see their fellow blacks as being more likely to be racist than whites.

Now I would not have written on this poll were it not for this observation by WSJ writer James Taranto.

But the results for blacks are a big surprise. Blacks are more likely (by 7 percentage points) to think most blacks are racist than to think most whites are. Moreover, they are 11 points likelier than liberals (regardless of race) to think most blacks are racist, and 9 points likelier than Democrats. And blacks are 3 points less likely than liberals to think most whites are racist.

All of which suggests that the people likeliest to believe most whites are racist and most blacks are not are those who are both liberal and white. Which reinforces a point we've made often in this column: that a lot of what drives the futile debate over race in America is white liberals' psychological need to feel morally superior to other whites.

And it is here that I depart from Taranto. The issue is not that white liberals see themselves as morally superior to other whites. Quite the contrary -- white liberals are, as a group, racists who view themselves as superior to blacks and who project that racism onto their fellow whites because they presume that their fellow whites must be as morally debased as themselves. Of course, this projection is a subconscious thing -- so Taranto is correct insofar as he describes a liberal belief that they are superior to other whites who dare to disagree with them on racial matters. But the underlying reality is that there is a paternalistic racism that lurks in the heart of progressivism that dates back to Wilson, Sanger, and other leading lights of the early days of the movement. While that notion of racial superiority is so often cloaked in rhetoric that sounds benign and designed to help uplift an oppressed people, in the end it is based upon a belief that the progressive-minded liberal is better in terms of breeding, intellect and morals than minorities -- hence their propensity to attack those minorities who do not follow the lead of white liberals as not merely wrong, but intellectually and morally corrupt.

H/T Instapundit





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