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Re: MSNBC postscript on race

posted at 1:07 pm on February 3, 2014 by

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.


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The biggest barrier to inter-racial adoption isn’t conservative racists, it’s the liberal racist “social workers” who discourage inter-racial adoption.

gwelf on February 3, 2014 at 1:19 PM

I’m not sure Guy, why you think facts or statistics or truth has any place in the liberal agenda except in the few cases where it propels their totalitarian world view. (Yes, I know that’s strong language, but ask them: “When is it enough?” regarding any single policy -taxes, energy, healthcare, education, etc.- and the real answer, that they’ll never quite admit, is at total control of the masses.) This is an ideology that has had to mask its intentions from the voters on nearly every single level; virtually nothing they sell is as advertised.

Hayes suggesting that conservatism breeds racism is nothing more than a political ploy designed to further their divisiveness and control. Period – as they like to say.

Integrity is a concept of which liberals and progressives en masse, are thoroughly devoid.

BKeyser on February 3, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Once again you call him a friend. And then once again, go on to demonstrate his utter hatred for those of your political persuasion. Whatever works for you, I suppose. But to these liberals, these are not just political differences. There is deep-rooted hatred for those of us on the right.

Shump on February 3, 2014 at 1:27 PM

The soft racism of low expectations, brought to you by the American Left. ‘You can’t make it on your own in a white man’s world, so we’ll pass a bunch of laws that define you as less than a white male but that let you step in front of him in every line and yet ensure that you’re never held to any rigorous academic standards, and we’ll give you just enough handouts to keep you voting for us but off of our really nice streets. Now, run along and go play a musical instrument or football or something.

M240H on February 3, 2014 at 1:56 PM

I’m still trying to find the redeeming qualities of that snotty, POS Chris Hayes.

BuckeyeSam on February 3, 2014 at 2:40 PM

I’m still trying to find the redeeming qualities of that snotty, POS Chris Hayes.

BuckeyeSam on February 3, 2014 at 2:40 PM

He makes Rachel Maddow look more masculine by comparison, which, in turn helps her score with chicks. Other than that, I haven’t a clue.

Thomas More on February 3, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Yeah, but Republican’s hate the elderly and do not want kids uneducated, so it balances out…and, we don’t want anyone to get any health care.

And I might add, pollution is our friend…

right2bright on February 3, 2014 at 3:24 PM

I’m still trying to find the redeeming qualities of that snotty, POS Chris Hayes.

BuckeyeSam on February 3, 2014 at 2:40 PM

Guy Benson counts him as a friend. Make of that what you will.

gryphon202 on February 3, 2014 at 3:46 PM

I have more than a few lefty friends, Guy, but none of them willfully and knowingly smear us with lies or ascribe evil motivations to our policy positions.

flipflop on February 3, 2014 at 4:27 PM

He makes Rachel Maddow look more masculine by comparison, which, in turn helps her score with chicks. Other than that, I haven’t a clue.
Thomas More on February 3, 2014 at 2:54 PM

So wrong, but so funny. 🙂

Irritable Pundit on February 3, 2014 at 4:42 PM

I find it very easy to believe that Guy Benson is buddies with one of the stupidest liberal jackasses in media. Such is Guy’s intellectual integrity.

Whereas, on the other hand, I found it appalling and sickening to learn that one of Tucker Carlson’s close friends is the piece of garbage Terry McAuliffe.

Jaibones on February 3, 2014 at 7:54 PM

Where is the data for Blacks willingness to vote for Whites? or Asians willing to vote for blacks? or Latinos? or any other combinations of races willing to vote for other members of different races? Or those who will only vote for members of their own race? Racism isn’t defined as simply whites against blacks. Isn’t it time we pointed this out??

Dollayo on February 3, 2014 at 11:54 PM

I too question how you can call Chris Hayes a friend. The guy is toxic and an Alinsky bully.

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