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Research Shows Critical Race Theory Is Actually Making People More Racist
The Federalist ^ | October 19, 2020 | Christopher Schorr

Posted on 10/19/2020 8:54:33 AM PDT by Kaslin

Critical race theory likely advances the cause of white nationalism, and the president is right to oppose it


President Donald Trump announced on Sept. 5 an end to critical race theory training in federal agencies. As explained by Russ Vought, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, the policy change targets “training or propaganda” pertaining to “white privilege” and efforts to advance the claim that “the United States is an inherently racist or evil country or … that any race or ethnicity is inherently racist or evil.” On Sept. 22, the president extended this ban to companies doing business with the federal government. He was right on both counts.

Critical race theory and similar academic left perspectives over the last decade stormed the political mainstream through a surge in news and popular media attention. As a result, today politicians, celebrities, and corporations employ “critical,” or woke, rhetoric. Even comic books push critical themes despite hostile reactions from their readers.

On the left, this dynamic fueled the “Great Awokening,” the leftward radicalization of white liberals on racial issues. Liberal whites are now to the left of blacks on key measures of race. Moreover, as evidenced by a recent Hidden Tribes report and the mugshots of arrested Antifa members, the far left is overwhelmingly white.

But how has critical rhetoric affected right-leaning whites? Are white conservatives likewise getting woke to these Marxism-inspired perspectives? Are they rejecting normative colorblindness, the former standard of antiracism? Have they embraced The New York Times’ revisionist account of American history? Do they accept that only whites are capable of racism, that all whites are racist, and that white identity itself is uniquely pathological and deserving of abolition?

To the contrary, it seems that white identity’s renewed salience — its “visibility,” in the language of Peggy McIntosh — is contributing to a defensive response. Conservative whites are increasingly likely to describe being white as “very” or “extremely” important (see figure below). A clear majority of white Republicans, but few white Democrats, describe anti-white and anti-black discrimination as comparable problems in American society.

Then there is the proverbial elephant in the room: Trump. Notwithstanding the often disingenuous and sometimes absurd racism allegations some level at him, it is undeniable that Trump frequently transgresses norms of political correctness in communicating his views to the public. Such rhetoric resonates with people who appreciate Trump’s blunt style or delight in trolling the left, but it also resonates with people for whom white identity is especially important. The latter group includes the alt-right, a white nationalistic movement that emerged in the wake of the Great Awokening.

Did the Media Drive a ‘White-lash’?

In my dissertation research, I approach white nationalism and conservatism as rival philosophies competing for the loyalties of right-leaning whites. I consider whether exposure to critical themes in popular media might have contributed to a white identity backlash or “white-lash” on the right. Illustrative examples include:

I began my inquiry by searching the frequency with which the terms “white people,” “whites,” and “white men” appeared online since the year 2000. I recorded “hits” for articles criticizing white people and identity and for “anti-critical” articles, those arguing against critical themes (see Schorr forthcoming, Appendix 197 for details).

The figure below displays search results alongside trends in white identification — or “How important is being white to your identity?” — for self-identified “liberal,” “moderate,” and “conservative” whites in the American National Election Studies Time Series.

The proportion of conservatives describing white identity as “very” or “extremely” important (“high identifiers”) increased from 32.1 percent in 2012 to 36.6 percent in 2016. High-identifying liberals increased slightly (23.2 percent to 24.6 percent) as well, while high-identifying moderates decreased (32.7 percent to 29.4 percent). The timeline is truncated because the American National Election Studies first included the white identification measure in 2012; however, the trend lines suggest recent polarization on white identity.

I began my inquiry by searching the frequency with which the terms “white people,” “whites,” and “white men” appeared online since the year 2000. I recorded “hits” for articles criticizing white people and identity and for “anti-critical” articles, those arguing against critical themes (see Schorr forthcoming, Appendix 197 for details).

The figure below displays search results alongside trends in white identification — or “How important is being white to your identity?” — for self-identified “liberal,” “moderate,” and “conservative” whites in the American National Election Studies Time Series.

The proportion of conservatives describing white identity as “very” or “extremely” important (“high identifiers”) increased from 32.1 percent in 2012 to 36.6 percent in 2016. High-identifying liberals increased slightly (23.2 percent to 24.6 percent) as well, while high-identifying moderates decreased (32.7 percent to 29.4 percent). The timeline is truncated because the American National Election Studies first included the white identification measure in 2012; however, the trend lines suggest recent polarization on white identity.

Survey Reveals Harms of Critical Race Theory

To subject the whitelash hypothesis to a more rigorous test, I conducted a survey experiment from Aug. 1-29, 2019. In total, 1,527 white respondents were treated with “primes” representative of contemporary discussions of race and then questioned on topics of identity and group attitudes. I focused specifically on self-identified conservative and high white-identifying respondents.

To capture the effects of critical rhetoric, I used an excerpt from Macy Sto. Domingo’s “18 Things White People Seem To Not Understand (Because, White Privilege).” Among white conservatives, this “critical prime” predicted 8 percent increased support (weighted mean) for whites “work[ing] together to improve the position of their group,” in comparison to the “control group.”

To further probe the effects of critical themes on identity, I asked respondents to rate the importance of certain factors to being “truly American.” Here, critical prime exposure appears to have narrowed the boundaries of the “in-group.”

For example, conservative whites expressed 12 percent greater agreement that only those with “American ancestry” are truly American. High white-identifiers expressed 20 percent greater agreement with this same claim and 8 percent greater support for restricting American identity to those “born in the U.S.” Critical prime exposure also increased conservative “ethnocentrism,” or net “feeling thermometer” preference for whites over minorities by 5 percent.

In most cases, findings were the opposite for white leftists. Exposure to the critical prime thus created a wider gap between the racial attitudes reported by left-leaning and conservative (also low/high white-identifying) whites.

I next considered the effects of anti-critical and conciliatory primes. The former was excerpted from Dennis Prager’s “The Fallacy of White Privilege.” As the title suggests, Prager challenges the credibility of critical themes.

The conciliatory prime was excerpted from David French’s “Racism and the Indelible Impact of Personal Experience.” French does not address critical themes. Rather, he recounts becoming more aware of racial prejudice in day-to-day interactions after he and his wife, who are white, adopted their black daughter.

Before analyzing survey findings, my expectation was that exposure to anti-critical rhetoric would similarly mobilize identification and prejudice from the target groups. I was half right. Surprisingly, the Prager article was associated with sharp reductions in identification: High-identifying whites expressed less concern for whites’ comparative social position (-11 percent), job security (-15 percent), and treatment under the law (-9 percent).

Findings from the conciliatory prime were also mixed. High white-identifiers were more willing to restrict American identity to those with “American ancestry” (8 percent), but they also expressed 14 percent greater agreement that “racial minorities are, on average, just as patriotic as white Americans.” Crucially, white conservative ethnocentrism dropped 24 percent. Thus, findings from both “conservative” primes offered cause for optimism whereas findings from the critical prime were more consistently undesirable.

Much can be said regarding the conceptual and normative deficiencies of critical race theory and whiteness studies, including how these perspectives demean people of color. My research concerns their practical deficiencies. Insofar as white identity polarization is a reciprocal process, critical race theory and company likely advance the cause of white nationalism.

The president is right to oppose critical race theory, and opponents of racism should applaud his efforts.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: antiracism; criticalracetheory; davidfrench; dennisprager; donaldtrump; race; racism; whitenationalism
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1 posted on 10/19/2020 8:54:33 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

What a shock. Forcing people to sit through training that says one group has exploited another group and nothing that group has earned is legitimate would cause resentment between said groups? Who could have imagined? It’s almost as if it was designed to do so.


2 posted on 10/19/2020 8:59:12 AM PDT by pepsi_junkie (Often wrong, but never in doubt!)
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To: Kaslin

It is specifically designed to make Blacks more racist, just like the media police narrative is - don’t think, vote Democrat.


3 posted on 10/19/2020 8:59:22 AM PDT by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (Reverse Wickard v Filburn (1942) - and - ISLAM DELENDA EST)
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To: Kaslin

That’s not a bug, that’s a feature.


4 posted on 10/19/2020 9:01:08 AM PDT by dfwgator (Endut! Hoch Hech!)
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To: Kaslin

If you haven’t noticed by now; all Democrat, liberal, progressive programs and policies do exactly the opposite of their stated purpose.


5 posted on 10/19/2020 9:03:46 AM PDT by yuleeyahoo (The nation which can prefer disgrace to danger is prepared for a master and deserves one. Hamilton)
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To: Kaslin

You’ll never find a perfect situation, but I maintain that racial relations in the US in the 1980s were damn good. People were over it. As over as they are likely to ever be. It wasn’t an issue. The schools, the workplace, politics, everyone understood that deciding membership by race was just primitive thinking. We were better than that.

Then came the LA riots
And OJ
And Trayvon Martin
And George Floyd
and BLM
and Critical Race theory

The “do-gooders” have blown on dying embers and have turned this country back into a racial hotbed. They WANTED it as a political issue. They DIDN’T want racial harmony.


6 posted on 10/19/2020 9:07:28 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (If White Privilege is real, why did Elizabeth Warren lie about being an Indian?)
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To: Kaslin

Critical Race theory is literally straight out of hell...and I mean that in all seriousness.


7 posted on 10/19/2020 9:11:14 AM PDT by V_TWIN
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To: pepsi_junkie

It was designed to do exactly that. They are trying to create a race war to destabilize the nation, causing the “masses” to beg the government take total control. That is how communism has been established in several countries.

What they don’t realize is that most Americans can do math. The vast majority could squish the small percentage of militant activists like bugs, and we know it. We just don’t want to do it because we are not racist and most minorities are upstanding, law abiding citizens. Only about 20% of the 13% are even in poverty, and an even smaller percentage are militant racists.

Law enforcement can handle them. That is why in all of the cities plagued by riots, the Mayors deliberately told the police to stand down. They want us to think we are in danger. The whole critical race theory is to enrage the rest of us. It’s not working because we are not that stupid.


8 posted on 10/19/2020 9:17:45 AM PDT by gspurlock (http://www.backyardfence.wordpress.com)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Absolutely agree. Satan couldn’t stand for us all getting along, so he unleashed the demonic left media and jesse Jacksons on us to tear it all apart.


9 posted on 10/19/2020 9:18:02 AM PDT by Phillyred (Kieran Hussie)
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To: Kaslin

Maybe that was the intention.


10 posted on 10/19/2020 9:19:57 AM PDT by oil_dude
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To: Kaslin
It is sad how a large group of left wing academics and media elites have set about reversing the idea taught by religious leaders, civil rights leaders, and millions of Americans that everyone should be considered as an individual, regardless of their race.

They are so determined to push their left wing ideas that they are now advocating ideas that used to only be heard from the most extremist groups.

This article by a college professor advocates for white people to embrace racial thinking. She even thinks we should write White people instead of white people. She apparently doesn't understand that we are all really just people.

11 posted on 10/19/2020 9:21:31 AM PDT by freeandfreezing
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To: Kaslin

The Left destroys everything they touch. The only thing they are good at is blaming their failures on someone or something else. They’ve had plenty of practice.


12 posted on 10/19/2020 9:22:34 AM PDT by robel
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To: Kaslin
DUH. 😒

The I hate "whitey" view of Critical Race Theory is really dividing people for all the wrong reasons.

13 posted on 10/19/2020 9:24:24 AM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's Economic Cure)
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To: Kaslin

Without “racists” no one will be buying the training !

Therefore the training to “eliminate racism” must produce racists.


14 posted on 10/19/2020 9:25:53 AM PDT by Reily
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To: Kaslin

The Left generally cannot exist without an enemy, and with regard to race, there weren’t really enough of them to go around so they had to invent some. Race has partially replaced class as the mode of oppression in Marxian terms but it’s all really the same thing, because it can turn on a dime when necessary and become something else - that’s what control of the narrative confers and it’s why they fight to defend theirs. At one point White Supremacists were kooks relegated to the far corners of American society, so they simply changed the terms such that anything qualifies and it’s therefore inescapable. This isn’t “woke” anything, it’s descent into a nightmare.


15 posted on 10/19/2020 9:27:25 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: gspurlock
Excellent points.

We are just seeing the latest attempt by the left to gain power. Unfortunately they are trying to ride on the backs of minority Americans, without caring how much they damage their communities, or the relationships between people who happen to have different skin colors.

And that's why we just saw a white Antifa leftist punch a black conservative in the face. Its just a reprise of what Democrats have done since the civil war - attack and repress minorities in order to keep their power over them.

16 posted on 10/19/2020 9:27:35 AM PDT by freeandfreezing
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To: Kaslin

We had racism solved by the 1990s. The left wouldn’t let it die and stoked the flames. Take the movie White Men Can’t Jump. This movie is not racist, in fact it depicts accurately, how different races get along exceptionally well when our differences are highlighted and accepted, instead of the social justice lies that we are fed right now.

Forget the title, White Men Can’t Jump, that’s part of the joke. You’re not supposed to get angry at the title, rather, making light of all our perceived stereotypes is a great release valve and actually keeps us friendly. We should accept we are different, not deny it and fight and cancel people.


17 posted on 10/19/2020 9:29:10 AM PDT by KobraKai
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To: Kaslin

Maybe those accused of “racism” are simply experiencing “Compassion Overload.” They used to care about equal rights for others but after 70 years and seeing no real results, from their trying to help others who refuse to help themselves, they simply don’t care anymore.


18 posted on 10/19/2020 9:31:14 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: Kaslin

Al of these tactics used by the left right now were used by the left before as developed and pushed by the Soviet Union to destroy the USA. It seems the second time is the charm although the Soviet Union collapsed but leftism never died.


19 posted on 10/19/2020 9:31:21 AM PDT by shanover (...To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.-S.Adams)
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To: Kaslin

bkmk


20 posted on 10/19/2020 9:32:28 AM PDT by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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