Sunday, February 26, 2017
The Racists Even Hated Obama's Dog
We are reading Michael Tesler's Post-Racial or Most Racial: Race and Politics in the Obama Era in class.
Tesler's main finding is that the people with the most "racial resentment" strongly opposed Barack Obama - no surprise - and everything associated with him. They didn't care about Sen. McCain or Gov. Romney until those men were the "last line of defense" against Obama. They supported Gov. Crist, a Republican, until he hugged Obama - then his career as a Republican was over. They liked Hillary Clinton when she was Obama's opponent in the primary, but strongly disliked her when she was his Secretary of State.
In one wonderful, though head-shaking, experiment, Tesler showed people pictures of a Portuguese water dog. When they said it was Ted Kennedy's dog, Splash, the racially resentful rated it the way they did other Democrats' dogs. However, when they told people the identical picture was of Barack Obama's dog, Bo, their dislike of the dog went up 20 points.