Showing posts with label Implicit Whiteness. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Implicit Whiteness. Show all posts

Saturday, November 21, 2009

My tribalist moment

I think I finally had my tribalist moment. As much as I like Sarah Palin and her politics, I continue to be underwhelmed by her interviews. So why, when David Brooks called her a joke, did I want to punch him in the face? Why? She's not my sister. Her populism is great, but I want to feel confident about a politician. So why am I so defensive? I never got this way when Bush was mocked.

I've decided the answer is tribalism. I'm like a black guy who gets mad when some white person calls Obama a socialist. Ms. Palin reminds me of the women from my childhood. The mannerisms, the way of talking. She's not my next door neighbor, but she could be. I call it the Fargo effect.

And it's not exactly a white thing either. It's a regional thing. Chuck Schumer could never flip on my tribal switch with his way of talking. And looks probably have something to do with it as well. There might even be a gender aspect: attacks might bring out my protective side.

Really, I'm hoping that Palin has an impact on the political culture, and that she perhaps paves the way for other conservative populists--maybe even a few from my neck of the woods.    

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Among whites, liking your own race is associated with liking blacks

SDA 3.3: Tables
GSS 1972-2008 Cumulative Dataset
Oct 24, 2009 (Sat 05:07 AM PDT)
Variables
Role
Name
Label
Range
MD
Dataset
Row
COLDTOBLACKS




1-3




2
Column
COLDTOWHITES




1-3




2
Filter
RACE(1)
RACE OF RESPONDENT(=WHITE)
1-3
0
1
Frequency Distribution
Cells contain:



-Column percent



-Row percent



-N of cases
COLDTOWHITES
1



warm
2



neutral
3



cold
ROW

TOTAL

COLDTOBLACKS
1: warm
73.0



95.6



1,199
7.9



2.6



33
22.0



1.8



22
58.0



100.0



1,254
2: neutral
16.5



41.3



271
86.9



55.5



364
21.0



3.2



21
30.3



100.0



656
3: cold
10.5



68.7



173
5.3



8.7



22
57.0



22.6



57
11.7



100.0



252
COL TOTAL
100.0



76.0



1,643
100.0



19.4



419
100.0



4.6



100
100.0



100.0



2,162
Means
1.38
1.97
2.35
1.54
Std Devs
.67
.36
.82
.69
Color coding:
<-2.0
<-1.0
<0.0
>0.0
>1.0
>2.0
Z
N in each cell:
Smaller than expected
Larger than expected
Summary Statistics
Eta* =
.43




Gamma =
.71




Chisq(P) =
1,008.34
(p= 0.00)
R =
.42




Tau-b =
.46




Chisq(LR) =
906.95
(p= 0.00)
Somers' d* =
.56




Tau-c =
.32




df =
4
*Row variable treated as the dependent variable.

Allocation of cases
Valid cases
2,162
Cases excluded by filter
9,720
Cases with invalid codes on



row or column variable
41,161
Total cases
53,043
Datasets
1




/html/D3/GSS08
2




/html/Npubvars/GSS08
CSM, UC Berkeley


White General Social Survey respondents were asked how warmly they felt toward 1) other whites and 2) blacks. The cross-tab above shows the results.

The finding that really jumps out at you is that if you answer warm about one race, you are very likely to answer warm about the other. There is a strong tendency among whites to either like everyone or to dislike everyone.

Let's call those who dislike both blacks and whites Misanthropists, and those who like both Philanthropists. We'll call those who are neutral towards everyone Neutralists. To keep things simple, we'll label a white person a SWPL (pronounced "swipple") if they give a warmer answer for blacks than for whites. Racialists will be those who give whites a higher score than blacks.

It is clear from the table that the majority of whites are Philanthropists--55 percent to be exact. (Taking the cell totals, I get: 1199/2162 = .55. I calculate subsequent percentages the same way). Seventeen percent are Neutralists, and only three percent are Misanthropists.

Four percent of whites are SWPLs, and 22 percent are Racialists.

It is interesting that the observed pattern contradicts the image of whites who like their race. We're told that Caucasians who are pro-white hate non-whites, but the vast majority of whites who feel warmly towards other whites feel the same way about blacks. Philanthropists are by far the largest category. And even if we look at Racialists, a majority of them like whites and are neutral toward blacks (271 out of 466). Only 11 percent of whites who feel warmly about others in their race say they have cool feelings about blacks.