Black anger: The General Social Survey asked respondents what the circumstance was the last time they got angry in the past month. I looked at the percentages by race:
Involved work 39.7
Involved family 29.1
Involved government officials 9.4
Involved work 26.3
Involved family 41.7
Involved government officials 9.0
Evidently, the remaining respondents could not recall a specific event. My question is, why are blacks so much more likely to get angry at family than others?
If it were the pre-civil rights era, I might guess that blacks were afraid to show anger toward whites out of fear of getting into trouble, but that just doesn't seem credible now. More plausibly, blacks get treated better by others than they do by fellow blacks, an argument made by Michael Levin in one of the great 1990s race books--Why Race Matters. Read it if you haven't.
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