Monday, March 19, 2018

YouGov poll suggests Americans of all races are becoming more racist

From Nearly 20 Percent of Americans Think Interracial Marriage is ‘Morally Wrong,’ Poll Finds:
Seventeen percent of respondents said interracial marriage was “morally wrong” while 83 percent said it was “morally acceptable.” There was a bit of a divide along party lines on the subject, with 28 percent of Republicans and just 12 percent of Democrats replying that interracial marriage was morally wrong.

There wasn’t much of a difference among respondents by race, however, according to YouGov. Seventeen percent of white respondents felt interracial marriage was morally wrong, compared with 18 percent of black respondents and 15 percent of Hispanic respondents.
If the poll is accurate, this is troubling for two reasons. Gallup had found higher support five years ago, and historically, black people have been more supportive of interracial marriage. From In U.S., 87% Approve of Black-White Marriage, vs. 4% in 1958:
Blacks' approval of black-white marriage (96%) is now nearly universal, while whites' approval is 12 percentage points lower, at 84%. Blacks' approval has consistently been higher than whites' over the decades, although attitudes among both racial groups have generally moved in a parallel manner since 1968 -- when Gallup first was able to report reliable estimates of each group's opinion. The gap between black approval and white approval in recent years has been smaller than it was prior to 1997.
I can offer two theories for why people might be becoming more racist:

1. Economic desperation can make people more racist. See Will privilege theorists call this black female privilege? Plus evidence that ending poverty will end racism

2. Promoting antiracism theory often increases racism. See Antiracism campaigns: Twenty years of making racism worse