The Pardu

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Growing American Racism Via Nate Silver's 538



As we move into a period of total federal government legislative dominance by the GOP couple with a Koch brothers pleasing SCOTUS, it should not surprise American racism is flourishing and spreading like a rapidly growing Bamboo forest.

In April of this year, Nate Silver's 538 webpage offered a compelling read and look at racism among people who identify as Democrat vs Republican. The 538 piece writer was astute and careful in pointing out two distinct cautions relative to any survey regarding race.

538
Two warnings about this data. First, survey responses are an imperfect means of evaluating racism. Social desirability bias may discourage Americans from expressing their true feelings. Furthermore, the sample of Democrats and Republicans in the survey is not constant from year to year. If the partisan gap in racial attitudes toward blacks has widened slightly in the past few years, it may be because white racists have become more likely to identify themselves as Republican, and not because those Americans who already identified themselves as Republican have become any more racist.
Point will delineated and worthy of consideration.  


A key point about my posting regarding the issue. Racism is not only a cognitive deficiency inherent in conservatives, the nation has progressive, liberal and independent racist and bigots. Life is about degrees and racism/bigotry is about overt/covert differentiation. Ultimately, and of even greater significance the meme above cuts through all of the flak and points directly at the essence of the 538 article. Which party or which ideology has a racist or bigoted core that leads to overt manifestation of behavior that is clearly racist? I posit the 538 piece, while worth a read, is only relevant if the reader takes the message out to its ultimate consideration: the exertion of political manipulation that leads to opportunity to exercise (social) power.


Sure, the GOP has more admitted racist, and or, bigots; the real story is which party occupies itself with ideology, policy and strategy that indicates racial superiority. Superiority that leads to platform for exercise "Social Power."

Before I show a few examples from the 538 piece along with linking the piece, let's take a run through a few graphics that provide irrefutable evidence of how one party exercises racism (subtle deep of off-hand) for political gain. We focus on the party vs. voters with consideration of how people vote. If the Party exercises the level of racism in the GOP, we can only assume the majority of conservative supporters (voters) hold views like views.






Kevin Phillips and Lee Atwater provided the basis for US politically expedient racism. Problem? Racism doesn't roll-up like a rug after its utility is expended.

Kevin Phillips 1968
 


Lee Atwater 1981


The Political Carnival
"You start out in 1954 by saying, “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968 you can’t say “nigger”—that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like, uh, forced busing, states’ rights, and all that stuff, and you’re getting so abstract. Now, you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites.… “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, uh, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “Nigger, nigger.”
Audio is even better than an image.
http://youtu.be/X_8E3ENrKrQ



And, the ultimate illustration of GOP racism and exercise of social power is as follows. Notice the absence of 13% of the population form Mitt Romney's 2012 website. Of course, the campaign include other racial minorities (people of color). However, let's focus on racism as it relates to exercise of power regarding all people of color. What message did the website send to those who care about a fair and equitable nation? 
 

A representative sample of graphics from the piece.  You really have to read the piece posted on 538 last April.
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As stated previously, I am not naive enough to believe Democrats are markedly different regrading bigotry and forms of racism. I will unequivocally state, the major difference in whites who claim other ideology and party, is that we see and hear. I have yet to see a person who professed liberalism do this:

       
         

"Not all Republicans are racist, but if you are a racist chances are you are a Republican!"

The 538 piece basically adds validity to that we already know. The piece also points the 538 age shows data points and chart lines that tell a sad story about whites who responded to the survey. On a question to question basis, the data points in some charts appear far too close for any Democrat to find solace.

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