Study: White Liberals Dumb Themselves Down When Talking To Blacks

We’ve seen it again and again that white liberals think that African Americans belong to the Democratic Party, and pander to them and treat them as chattel. They like to keep them down on the urban plantations, living in poverty and crime, throwing them so bones, all so they can get their votes. And now this

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White Liberals Present Themselves as Less Competent in Interactions with African-Americans

Racial bias can put people of color at a disadvantage when interviewing for a job, buying a house, or interacting with the police. New research suggests that bias may also shape daily interactions between racial minorities and white people, even those whites who tend to be less biased.

According to new research by Cydney Dupree, assistant professor of organizational behavior at Yale SOM, white liberals tend to downplay their own verbal competence in exchanges with racial minorities, compared to how other white Americans act in such exchanges. The study is scheduled for publication in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.  (snip)

Dupree and her co-author, Susan Fiske of Princeton University, began by analyzing the words used in campaign speeches delivered by Democratic and Republican presidential candidates to different audiences over the years. They scanned 74 speeches delivered by white candidates over a 25-year period. Approximately half were addressed to mostly-minority audiences—at a Hispanic small business roundtable discussion or a black church, for example. They then paired each speech delivered to a mostly-minority audience with a comparable speech delivered at a mostly-white audience—at a mostly-white church or university, for example. The researchers analyzed the text of these speeches for two measures: words related to competence (that is, words about ability or status, such as “assertive” or “competitive”) and words related to warmth (that is, words about friendliness, such as “supportive” and “compassionate”).

The team found that Democratic candidates used fewer competence-related words in speeches delivered to mostly minority audiences than they did in speeches delivered to mostly white audiences. The difference wasn’t statistically significant in speeches by Republican candidates, though “it was harder to find speeches from Republicans delivered to minority audiences,” Dupree notes. There was no difference in Democrats’ or Republicans’ usage of words related to warmth. “It was really surprising to see that for nearly three decades, Democratic presidential candidates have been engaging in this predicted behavior.”

The study goes on to find that white Democrats tend to do this to blacks as well.

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7 Responses to “Study: White Liberals Dumb Themselves Down When Talking To Blacks”

  1. gitarcarver says:

    Teach,

    I am confused as to why you had to use a link from Insights rather than a more mainstream media site. Why is that?

    (And before anyone jumps on me, the question is rhetorical and satirical.)

  2. Bill589 says:

    The Constitutional Republic and its patriots are not the racists, sexists, etc. ones – we believe all are equal under the law.

    It is the Left that promotes racism, sexism, etc., including laws treating us differently based on race, gender, etc., in order to keep Big Government needed and to keep The People divided against each other, instead of The People uniting against them.

  3. formwiz says:

    Like the segregationists they claim to hate, Leftists view blacks as inferior beings, incapable of existing without the more enlightened managing their lives for them.

  4. Jl says:

    Along the lines of liberals feeling blacks can’t obtain a voter ID because….because you think they’re incapable?

    • Some Hillbilly in St Louis says:

      They support affirmative action for the selfsame reason.

      • Dana says:

        No, they support Affirmative Action because they don’t think it will hurt their kids, and it’ll keep getting the Democrats 90% of the black vote.

        In that great bastion of liberalism, New York City, the public schools are the most segregated in the nation, and when Mayor DumBlasio — and no, that wasn’t a typo — tried to do things to increase integration at the best schools, the liberal white folks were up in arms, because it might knock one of their precious darlings out of a spot at a top school.

        The left have always had a patronizing attitude toward the plebeians, whether the plebeians are black or white; we’ve known that for a long time. Now, someone has done the research to prove what was always known.

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