Are you one of those outlaws who thinks blacks aren't so swift? What kinds of (Hitler-loving) people are so wicked (and evil) to suspect that blacks (a race of four-eyed bookworms), as a group, might be less intelligent than other groups? The percentage of whites who crimethink this is broken down into categories (only high and low are listed):
Less than a high school 28%
Graduate degree 13
Extremely conservative 31
Extremely liberal 19
East South Central region 25
Mountain states 17
Ages 70+ 32%
Ages 18-30 16%
Combining categories, the group with the highest rate of heresy is made up of those not completing high school, who are very conservative, and are age 70 or over. Forty-eight percent of them uttered the four-letter word: "unintelligent." (Okay, 13 letters). Not surprisingly, the hippest group did not agree: only 12% of extremely liberal graduates with at least a 4-year degree who were between the ages of 25 and 40 slipped and made the very uncool mistake of being honest.
And an interesting pattern emerges here. The people most likely to feel that blacks are as intelligent or more intelligent than other groups are the people most under the influence of theory and least under the influence of experience. Young Utahns with heads full of Professor So-and-So's Such-and-Such have had little experience with African Americans, but are most inclined to think they are smart. Those 80 year old curmudgeons in Mississippi who have interacted with blacks their whole lives doubt this.
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