Well, we find out there's something called a "hidden racial bias." Wouldn't you just know it?
It's there. It doesn't manifest itself. But, by golly, they know it's there.
The amazing story:
A Nation of Cowards?Oh, okay. I get it. White people and black people think differently because white people don't know what they think.
By Charles M. Blow, New York Times
[A]ccording to a 2003 Gallup poll, two in five of blacks said that they felt discriminated against at least once a month, and one in five felt discriminated against every day. But, a CNN poll from last January found that 72 percent of whites thought that blacks overestimated the amount of discrimination against them, while 82 percent of blacks thought that whites underestimated the amount of discrimination against blacks.
What explains this wide discrepancy? One factor could be that most whites harbor a hidden racial bias that many are unaware of and don’t consciously agree with. [link] [my emphasis]
For the love of God. Is this guy serious?
Must be. He's got a by God Harvard study with accompanying graph to prove it. Here's the graph. You'll need to click on it to enlarge it:
Project Implicit, a virtual laboratory maintained by Harvard, the University of Washington and the University of Virginia, has administered hundreds of thousands of online tests designed to detect hidden racial biases. In tests taken from 2000 to 2006, they found that three-quarters of whites have an implicit pro-white/anti-black bias. (Blacks showed racial biases, too, but unlike whites, they split about evenly between pro-black and pro-white. And, blacks were the most likely of all races to exhibit no bias at all.) In addition, a 2006 study by Harvard researchers published in the journal Psychological Science used these tests to show how this implicit bias is present in white children as young as 6 years old, and how it stays constant into adulthood.R...e...a...l...l...y.
Outside of the always incontrovertible Harvard studies, how can we best measure this white vs. black bias? Hey, I know. Let's look at the one test where we took a vote. White vs. black; McCain vs. Obama. 2008.
From Politico, November 5, 2008:
The Illinois senator won 43 percent of white voters, 4 percentage points below Carter’s performance in 1976 and equal to what Bill Clinton won in the three-man race of 1996. Republican John McCain won 55 percent of the white vote.Interesting.
And, though this ain't Harvard, how 'bout we do a graph too:
96% of the black electorate voted for Obama in November. That would be the non-biased black electorate. By the same token, 43% of all you white bastards out there who harbor hidden hatreds of black people voted for the black dude over the white dude (with 54% of young whites - a clear majority - actually voting for Obama). (It is obvious, therefore, that you don't know what you're thinking at any given time).
So. Do we believe Harvard (isn't that in Massachusetts?) "studies"? Or do we go with irrefutable empirical data?
Hey, don't ask me. I don't know what I think. You'll have to ask Charles Blow if you want my opinion.
* Chart courtesy of the New York Times.