Explaining Trump: racism why Trump got votes says one researcher

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racism black and white  Racism.  

Trump got votes  because of racism  one researcher says.   Oh?  Let’s look at his research.  

According to a controversial new analysis by theWashington Post, Trump voters were motivated by “racism” more than a number of other factors — such as “authoritarianism —  in their presidential ballot choice last November.

Guess how researchers measure “authoritarianism”:  how you say you raise your kids, whether  parents teach children  to follow the rules or  parents teach children to be sympathetic towards  people.  But, perhaps parents  teach both?  Why assume an either this or that?

The incendiary piece, titled “Racism motivated Trump voters more than authoritarianism” was written by Thomas Wood, an assistant professor of Political Science at Ohio State University, and proposes to examine the results of the latest American National Election Study (ANES) regarding voter attitudes.

 Mr. Wood bases his skewed conclusions on a series of assumptions that reveal deep misunderstandings regarding the nature of racism, as well as Wood’s own profound racial biases.

To begin with, Wood only analyzed the opinions of white voters—his own racially biased choice.

How black voters feel about whites, or what motivated many blacks to vote for Trump is disregarded as irrelevant to his study. Yet, in looking at racism, why would an objective examiner only look at the attitudes of whites?

Second, in the four questions looked at by Wood, racism is never actually addressed. Instead, Wood employs a “symbolic racism scale” that interprets people’s views on programs like Affirmative Action as concealing a hidden racism that is never overtly expressed. Wood said that these attitudes are “coded as more racially biased.”

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Firenze Sage:   You must read the whole study to see what causes his conclusions to be racial. Essentially he takes attitudes, analyzes them and then calls you names.

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Did Trump gather votes because of “racism”? As I recall, Trump was the “outsider” and many American voters were sick and tired of “business as usual” in Washington. Many of the Republican hopeful nominees — insiders like Jeb Bush — fell by the wayside and along came immigration with most of the “business as usual” crowd supporting “immigration reform” but what that meant was unclear. Trump — the “outsider” — was quite clear that it was time to regain control of US borders….. deport violent criminals who re-enter the US illegally… Remember the 23 year old woman Kate Steinly of… Read more »