Do Republicans appear intolerant to interracial relationships?
Social science indicates many Republicans carry some elements which are animated by racism. Eric Knowles, a political psychologist at New York University said: "Race is inevitably going to become a more and more important part of Republican strategy as it becomes more and more a party of whites and especially white men. Demographically, that's where their base is."
Presidential candidate Donald Trump's recent rants about barring all Muslims from entering the United States has re-sparked the debate about the intolerance of the Republican Party.
When you ask anyone if they are racist, the answer will always be an emphatic "NO!". But is that really the case? No. This is because most people are prejudicial on the subconscious level.
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In 2012, an Associated Press poll was conducted to measure levels of implied racism among Democrats and Republicans, asking respondents to compare black, white, Asian and Hispanic faces. The result revealed that 64% of the Republicans showed implicit anti-black attitudes in comparison with 55% of Democrats. And as per the researchers, this difference was extremely significant.
The other way that researchers apply to measure racial prejudice is analyzing people's views on interracial dating and marriage. And even in this case, the Pew Research Center in 2012, found that 18% of Republicans disapproved of black-white relationships compared with 5% of Democrats. Again; a significant difference.
Apparently, the gap has widened over the years. More Democrats seem more tolerant of interracial relationships today than before. In 1997 for instance, there were similar numbers of Democrats and Republicans (30% and 31% respectively) who expressed their disapproval of interracial relationships, showing how much faster the approval to interracial relationships on the part of Democrats has grown as opposed to that of the Republicans since.
The truth is, not all Republicans are racist; not all Democrats are free of racism either. However more Republicans seem to carry a lot of racist baggage with them.
According to most liberal critics, Republican candidates use coded language when addressing their constituents that seems respectable on the face of it but in reality, it shoulders prejudicial view of race, ethnicity and religion. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said that Trump's words and policies actually reveal the true values of the Republican party and its supporters. Donald Trump is being seen as "the walking ID of the Republican base"... saying what most Republicans suggest or wont say publicly.
Some of the Republican leaders have rebuked Trump, distancing themselves and the party from his views. Research however has shows that most of the Americans who support the Republicans are more likely to hold racial biases against people of color. For instance 79% of the Republicans agreed to negative statements about racial minorities compared to 32% among Democrats in a poll conducted by the Associated Press before the 2012 election.
Going by research, it seems more Republicans hold racially prejudiced views about interracial relationships and racial minorities. What do you think?
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