Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Which American groups are the most race-loyal?

In a recent post, I found that race predicts political orientation more strongly than does income for many minority groups. It seems to me that the race/politics link, adjusted for the influence of income, is an indication of the importance of race to that particular group.  If members always look at issues through the lens of their racial group, they will tend to vote in the same way and will vote Democrat, regardless of how wealthy they are.

Based on this line of reasoning, here is a ranking of the most race-loyal, race-conscious (if they were white, the term would be race-ist) minority groups.

Race-consciousness ranking
1. Blacks
2. Mexicans
3. Jews
3. Asian Indians
5. Puerto Ricans
6. American Indians
7. Chinese
7. West Indians
9. Japanese
10. Arabs

Not surprisingly, blacks are the most race-conscious group, but it's interesting that West Indians are much less so. Since Jews are white, you might not expect them them to be ethnocentric at all, but they outrank many nonwhite groups.

Asian Indians are quite race-conscious, as are Mexicans and Puerto Ricans (to their own group, not to the fake category of "Hispanic"). Despite being non-white, Chinese and Japanese Americans seem to be less uptight about race. Arabs are even less ethnocentric. (Keep in mind that many of these Arabs are Christians.)

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Jews aren't white.

Anonymous said...

Since Jews are white, you might not expect them them to be ethnocentric at all, but they outrank many nonwhite groups

You haven't dealt much with Jews, have you?

Anonymous said...

oh, and to clarify, and my 6:54 comment was referring to your surprise at Jewish ethnocentric behavior, not at the data you posted.

Anonymous said...

One issue here is that the Republican party is, or is at least considered to be, the implicitly white or white racialist party. Many poor whites vote Republican for cultural or racialist reasons, and there are wealthy whites who vote Republican not for economic reasons but for cultural or racialist reasons as well.