Friday, September 09, 2016

Does ignorance or familiarity breed contempt?

Does ignorance or familiarity breed racism against blacks?

To answer this question, I correlated how cool a white person feels towards blacks with the percent of the population in their region that is black (General Social Survey data). The correlation across nine census divisions is .48--a strongly positive correlation.

In other words, whites who live in areas with more blacks--an indication that one has had more actual experience with blacks--tend to feel cooler toward them.

The data suggests that familiarity breeds contempt, not affection. 

 

2 comments:

Ted said...

Wow. Just now saw you were back. Welcome!

Santoculto piece und luv said...

Always this situation

''how cool/good a WHITE/non-black person is around black people''

but the opposite pattern is likely to be true

''how cool/good a BLACK person is around other people**''

Most part of time, blacks cause ''racism'' because they, on avg or disproportionately are rude, stupid, quasi-savage with other people.

blacks, on avg, are far to be the victim here, they are most part of the time the first provocateurs.