Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Brief Descent into Politics

I love stuff that's data-driven, and that's (one of the things) what fascinates me about this:

The more slave-intensive a southern county was 150 years ago, the more conservative and Republican its contemporary white residents. The authors tested their findings against every plausible control factor—for instance, whether the results could be explained simply by population density—but the correlation held. Higher levels of slave ownership in 1860 made white Southerners more opposed to affirmative action, score higher on the anti-black-affect scale, and more hostile to Democrats.

From Jonathan Chait's article in the current New Yorker New York magazine about the tangled web of race and Obama and Republican attitudes to both of them. There's much more to it than this quote; it's pretty even-handed, I think.

Edit: Oops on the magazine name; thanks to Anon. for correcting me.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You had me scared, since I didn't remember seeing this in the New Yorker. Actually, it's New York magazine. Having said that, thanks for the link. It's an interesting essay.

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