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Has Trump Made America Less Racist?

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I am posing this as a question, thought the US Spectator writer below titled his piece similarly, but as a statement. 

 

Is this possible? I mean, this is not opinion, nor is it based on crime statistics, but looks at historical data going back over a decade. The reasons are uncertain, though the academics who conducted the research do have a view, which is not favorable toward Trump. 

 

That said, the author of this piece has his own assessment, so mke sure you read the last sentence at bottom (trigger warning to liberals). 

Trump has made America less racist

Anti-black and anti-Hispanic prejudice has declined since 2016, new study shows

Ross Clark

The election of Donald Trump has, of course, unleashed the latent racist which lurks within millions of Americans. We know this because enlightened opinion keeps telling us so. The New Yorker, for example, ran a piece in November 2016 declaring ‘Hate on rise since Trump’s election’, and quoting a list of incidents collected by the Southern Poverty Law Center – including the experience of a girl in Colorado who was allegedly told by a white man: ‘Now that Trump is president I am going to shoot you and all the blacks I can find’. TIME magazine, too, ran a story in the same month announcing ‘Racist incidents are up since Donald Trump’s election’. In March 2017 the Nationasserted ‘Donald Trump’s rise has coincided with an explosion in hate groups’, claiming that 100 racist organizations had been founded since Trump began his presidential campaign.

 

And so it goes on. Just as with Britain’s vote for Brexit, Trump’s strident language and his concentration on issues such as migration is supposed to have coarsened political discourse – legitimizing racist and xenophobic opinions in people who might otherwise have been shamed into silence. By this narrative, even slightly immoderate speeches, posters and campaigns by politicians become magnified through the lens of public opinion into something much more sinister. A speech on migration, goes the theory, can all too easily erupt into bar room arguments and end with a Muslim or a black man having his head kicked in.

 

It sounds vaguely plausible, but is it true? Not if a new paper by a pair of sociologists at the University of Pennsylvania is anything to go by. Daniel J. Hopkins and Samantha Washington set out to measure the effect of Trump’s election on anti-black and anti-Hispanic prejudice, using a randomly-selected panel of 2,500 Americans whose changing opinions have been under study since 2008. The academics report that they had been expecting to measure a rise in racist opinions, writing: ‘The normalization of prejudice or opinion leadership both lead us to expect that expressed prejudice may have increased in this period, especially among Republicans or Trump supporters’. They had been led to expect this, they say, through an extensive reading of recent literature in social sciences which, they say, supports the notion that racist attitudes lie dormant inside many people, waiting to be triggered by certain events – of which the election of Donald Trump might be one. There could, after all, hardly be anything more calculated to awaken an incipient racist than the president calling Mexicans a bunch of rapists.

 

Yet the study found exactly the opposite. Americans, claim Hopkins and Washington, have actually become less inclined to express racist opinions since Donald Trump was elected. Anti-black prejudice, they found, declined by a statistically-insignificant degree between 2012 and 2016, when Trump was elected. But then after 2016 it took a sharp dive that was statistically significant. Moreover, contrary to their expectations, the fall was as evident among Republican voters as it was among Democrats. There was also a general fall in anti-Hispanic prejudice, too, although this was more evident among Democrat voters.

 

It is a similar story to that in Britain, where the attempt to link Brexit with rising xenophobia has been somewhat debunked. A murder of a Polish man in the town of Harlow in August 2016 was widely attributed to Brexit – but eventually declared by police not to have been a hate crime at all. Similarly, a smashed window in a Spanish restaurant in South London on the night of the Brexit vote was initially widely reported to be an expression of euphoria on the part of xenophobes – but was later revealed to be an attempted burglary.

 

So has Trump actually been a good thing for race relations in the US, and if so, why? The University of Pennsylvania study is a little shy on this point, but raises the theory that people have found Trump’s pronouncements on migrants, Mexicans and so on to be so reprehensible that it has inspired them to think about their own attitudes. It is possible, they write ‘that Trump’s rhetoric clarified anti-racist norms….given that the declines in prejudice appear concentrated in the period after Trump’s election, it seems quite plausible that it was not simply Trump’s rhetoric but also his accession to the presidency that pushed public opinion in the opposite direction’.

 

Well, maybe. It might be added that the election of Barack Obama also caught liberal opinion unawares. That event, it might be recalled, was supposed to be the breakthrough which led to a kinder, gentler America. Instead it seemed to be followed by a more fractious period in race relations, culminating in race riots in Ferguson, Mo., in 2014. Maybe social science has got it the wrong way round: it was the sight of a mixed race man in the White House who brought out in the inner racist in Americans who are inclined towards those feelings, while the reassuring sight of white man back in the Oval Office has calmed them down.

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I believe it could be the case. 

 

Obama tried to stir up racism whenever he could.

 

Class warfare was important to fundamentally transforming the country.

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Trump has certainly exposed racists.

 

Many have become so unhinged over Trump's election that they can't disguise their closet racism.

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The Libs here continue to show they are racists. 

 

The Trump economy has benefited all races. No one needs Al Sharpton to convince them they are oppressed anymore. 

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What about the ginned up Nazis in Charlottesville?

Surely that shows clear evidence of racism...The Nazis kept their heads down during the Obama's cabal reign of terror on average Americans.

 

Or maybe...now that folks are working, often next to a person of another race, or heritage, they don't have time for that now?

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7 mins ago, dena said:

What about the ginned up Nazis in Charlottesville?

Surely that shows clear evidence of racism...The Nazis kept their heads down during the Obama's cabal reign of terror on average Americans.

It's arguable as to weather the "ginned up Nazis" were responsible for the violence or it was the unpermitted ANTIFA  crowd that cause the difficulties.

 

Either way, one incident does not make a trend.

Edited by MakoMike

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2 mins ago, MakoMike said:

It's arguable as to weather the "ginned up Nazis" were responsible for the violence or it was the unpermitted ANTIFA  crowd that cause the difficulties.

 

Either way, one incident does not make a trend.

 

Oh, I know, but with the Nazi thing out of the way, it saves some Democrat from saying it.

The Nazis get the blame, deserved or not.

Pretty sad when AntiFa are your heroes.

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Enjoy the lull before the storm. Once the - he's a racists/misogynist/orange man bad crew weighs in, Trump will be blamed for racism around the world.

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The Dems want racism. They call anyone patriotic or pro-America first, a racist. It’s BS but it certainly advances their agenda. Who invented “white privilege” as a term for successful white people?  I mean it’s absurd.  This president is nowhere near a racist. And, He is obviously a woman’s advocate. If people paid attention and just judged him on the actual facts of his presidency, they’d see no racism. He is pro America (he’s the f’en President, he better be) and people have now tried to associate patriotism as racism. I can’t even believe these people. 

 

I want all races, all sexes, I could care less of you want to be a woman or be a man or be both. I just want you to love this country. The Dems don’t love the country. They are really the lowest of the  low. 

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I like to think the media and liberals keep racism alive and fuel the fires every chance they get . Even if some issues are not racist they try like hell to spin it in that direction. So sad , so shallow the media today .

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The grievance industry requires a minority group to feel persecuted. To feel persecuted there has to be a powerful group allegedly being the persecutors. Since identity politics is based on who a person is, rather than what they do, racists have to be created to scare the targeted minority group. Yet, all along, it is those creating the perception who turn out to be actual racists. 

 

Look at sanctuary cities and the reaction to Trump saying "You said you want them, well, you got them." Yes, I am paraphrasing but the reaction from liberal sanctuaries of NIMBY are telling. 

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