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Old 12-04-2018, 11:25 AM
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White liberals dumb themselves down when they speak to black people, a new study contends

There was a study conducted which found that white liberals “downshift” their presented competency when interacting with people they perceive as black. Conservatives did no such thing, and interacted with perceived blacks the same as they acted with perceived whites.

There was also an evaluation of the speeches of liberal and conservative politicians. They found that liberals dropped references to “agency” and “power” when speaking to audiences perceived as black. Conservatives did no such thing. The authors say this is because conservatives don’t want to interact with outgroups. This could be true. Conservatives could also feel that black people don’t want to hear what conservatives have to say because conservatives make assumptions about the political preferences of black people.

I’m more interested in the perceptions liberals have of black people. I believe the study has demonstrated that liberals treat people differently solely because of their race, and that this informs their preferred political policies. They believe they must be the “white knight” for black people because they are viewed as less competent. They also believe that “agency” is not worth discussing in front of black people. For me this strengthens personal anecdotal evidence of the complexities of race relations.

Perhaps liberals will view the results of the study differently.

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