Thursday, March 24, 2011

Opposition to racial preferences as a measure of racism

Liberal researchers sometimes use opposition to racial preferences as a measure of anti-black racism. Is it a valid proxy?

The GSS asked respondents how close they feel to blacks on a scale from 1 to 9 and the extent to which the respondent supports racial preferences for blacks in hiring and promotions (1=strongly oppose, 4= strongly support). The correlation is a whopping .10--a trivial relationship (sample size = 3,577, whites only). Attitudes toward racial preferences among whites is a completely invalid proxy measure of racism.

4 comments:

TGGP said...

How good a proxy is the answer on a question of how close they feel? Racism is one of the big P.C no-nos so we wouldn't expect answers on a survey to be completely honest (though the rank-ordering might tell us something). On the other hand, the Implicit Association Test may be bogus as well.

DR said...

Well a lot of the people who feel close to blacks, are probably those in the same socioeconomic class and having daily interaction. How close to blacks can you feel when you grow up in the Hamptons?

Of course those who are in the same socioeconomic class are probably competing with them for jobs, and hence would oppose racial hiring preferences. Not many hedge fund analysts are displaced by AA hires.

Jim Bowery said...

For all the noise about "race" being a useless construct -- void of reality -- "racism" is even more useless. Within the same sentence it can switch from meaning "noticing someone looks like have different ancestry" to "stomping on the bellies of pregnant nigger-loving Jewesses with hobnail boots."

SFG said...

"stomping on the bellies of pregnant nigger-loving Jewesses with hobnail boots."

Dude, she's polluting the race!



"Of course those who are in the same socioeconomic class are probably competing with them for jobs, and hence would oppose racial hiring preferences. Not many hedge fund analysts are displaced by AA hires."

Sailer's discussed this quite a bit, I think. Opposition to the Civil Rights Movement was strongest among blue-collar whites who had the most contact with NAMs and the most to fear from them. A lot of things like evangelical Christianity seem to be responses by the second quartile (from the bottom) to keep their kids out of the first. Don't do drugs, because you might wind up on the street, not in some expensive rehab program.