White liberals talk down to black people.
That is the finding of a study by Cydney H. Dupree, assistant professor of organizational behavior at the Yale School of Management. Yale Insights summarized the study results: “White Liberals Present Themselves as Less Competent in Interactions with African-Americans.” The study found that white Americans who possess progressive socio-political views tend to use words that make them appear less competent (i.e. dumber) when they are around minorities. This was not the case with conservatives.
Dupree and her co-author, Susan Fiske of Princeton University, said this behavior is the result of liberals’ desire to connect with other races and is an “effort to get along.” The study’s authors characterize this tactic as a “competence downshift” that occurs when people want to appear likeable and friendly. They added it’s also possible that “this is happening because people are using common stereotypes in an effort to get along.” Liberals acting on stereotypes? No, can’t be so! Professor Dupree termed this a “subtle but persistent effect,” noting that, “even if it’s ultimately well-intentioned, it could be seen as patronizing. You think?!
Dupree and Fiske discovered that if a black person was called highly intelligent prior to the interaction with a white liberal, the white liberal was less likely to “downshift” his or her competence. Pathetic. But not surprising. I’ve witnessed this discrimination by low expectations for years. The majority of white liberals, certainly the wealthy ones in large coastal cities, believe they are superior to both the more conservative rubes in the Heartland and the minorities they munificently employ as their drivers, gardeners, butlers and such.
The researchers also found that Democratic political candidates used fewer competence-related words in speeches to predominately minority audiences then they did in speeches to largely white audiences, Yale Insights reported.
Conservatives generally don’t try to bribe minorities with free shit if they’ll only vote for them. They don’t promise free cradle-to-grave care. They aren’t interested in creating dependent livestock who’ll vote for them forever if they are thrown some food a couple of times a day. They don’t want to be plantation masters and, unlike Democrats, they never have been.
Is it really enlightened to treat blacks and other minorities as if they were babies or puppies? Does this bestow dignity?
“A-coochie-coochie-coochie-coo. A-coochie-coochie-coochie-coo! Who’s a cute little African-American? Who’s my cute little African-American? Is you my cute little voter? Yes you is! Yes you is!”
Makes me sick.
Who is the racist? Who is doing the “marginalizing?”
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