Re: MSNBC postscript on race
posted at 1:07 pm on February 3, 2014 by Guy Benson
A quick follow-up to Allahpundit’s follow-up on MSNBC’s appalling racial mindset and anti-conservative bigotry. AP highlighted an academic study demonstrating that conservatives are just as likely as liberals to live in mixed-race households with adopted kids or step-children. This whole dust-up reminded me of a similar flap that erupted a few years ago. One of my friends — who is occasionally prone to drawing sweeping and inaccurate lessons about the Right — made the following statement about racism in America on his MSNBC show back in 2012:
“It is undeniably the case that racist Americans are almost entirely in one political coalition and not the other.”
Translation: It’s obvious that virtually all racist Americans fall on the conservative end of the political spectrum. That verdict quickly had a head-on collision with empirical data, as aggregated by economist Alex Tabarrok:
Well, well well. A perfectly even distribution of racist attitudes across both major political parties, with Republicans being very slightly less racist than Democrats. These data points came, incidentally, from a 2002 UC Berkeley project. To his credit, Hayes tweeted out this contravening evidence at the time (which is how I came upon it) — admitting his own surprise, if memory serves (I can’t readily find the tweet). And thus, the liberal conventional wisdom was, once again, shown to be wrong. It’s almost as if a sizable portion of the preening “pro-science” community ignores or avoids data that threatens their political dogma. Go figure.