Thinking About Becoming Minority Population Leads Whites Toward Conservative Politics

Fear of a black planet?



Via the Association for Psychological Science:

Facing the prospect of racial minority groups becoming the overall majority in the United States leads White Americans to lean more toward the conservative end of the political spectrum, according to research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

The findings suggest that increased diversity in the United States could actually lead to a wider partisan divide, with more White Americans expressing support for conservative policies.

Psychological scientists Maureen Craig and Jennifer Richeson of Northwestern University noticed a substantial amount of media attention when predictions were made that the “majority-minority” population shift would happen in 2050 or sooner.

“We wondered how this kind of ‘us-vs-them’ framing would be perceived by members of the current majority,” says Craig.

Craig and Richeson first examined data from 369 White participants who had described themselves as politically unaffiliated in a national Pew Research survey.

They found that participants who had read that California is a majority-minority state tended to lean more towards the Republican Party and rate their ideological attitudes as more conservative than participants who simply read that the Hispanic population had become equal in size to the Black population in the United States.

Importantly, participants’ political attitudes shifted to the right despite the fact that all of the participants had labeled themselves as politically independent.

Read the rest at the Association for Psychological Science.

8 Comments on "Thinking About Becoming Minority Population Leads Whites Toward Conservative Politics"

  1. Liam_McGonagle | Apr 11, 2014 at 12:14 pm |

    I’m sure this idea is correct, but:

    A minority? Get real! *ssholes will always be at least 70% of any population.

    P.S. Good strategy. P*ss off the people who will shortly have the power to f*ck you over.

  2. Felix Ray | Apr 11, 2014 at 12:28 pm |

    … but conservatives are not racists.

  3. Anarchy Pony | Apr 11, 2014 at 1:13 pm |

    Fear of the “other” has always been a powerful influence in the human psyche.

  4. BuzzCoastin | Apr 11, 2014 at 1:41 pm |

    the racial makeup of duh homeland
    may someday have a more colorful majority
    but the present white ruling class will still be ruling
    because a minority of people regardless of color
    rules the masses regardless of color

  5. mannyfurious | Apr 11, 2014 at 4:24 pm |

    Go is a fun game….

    • Matt Staggs | Apr 11, 2014 at 4:55 pm |

      Love it. First thing that came to mind when I started thinking about “black and white”.

      • Jason Limbert | Apr 11, 2014 at 7:23 pm |

        Just started getting into it myself! Finally able to beat the machine. No worries about the whites, two strong eyes!

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