Some new data were just released that show, as previous polls have also shown, the Right-wing in this country is full of white people who simply do not care for these blacks, and gays, and immigrants. Politics-by-the-numbers website 538 made helpful little charts to show that those who strongly identify with the Tea Party have some seriously repugnant beliefs.
The survey was conducted by the University of Washington’s Christopher Parker, who asked white respondent whether they strongly approved or disapproved of the Tea Party, and their opinions of non-white marginalized groups. Here’s the chart for opinions of black Americans.
Those who strongly approve of the Tea Party find blacks less intelligent, hard-working, and trustworthy than respondents who disapproved of the TPers. Check out 538 for the rest of the data.
Once piece of information that’s in the report, but 538 doesn’t mention, is the response to the question:
If Blacks would just try harder they would be as well off as Whites (Agree)
Sixty-eight percent (68%) of whites who strongly approve of the Tea Party agree with the above statement, which says, to me, that they don’t understand the concept of institutional oppression. Simple ideas about structural domination — like the fact that the government incentivizes home ownership over renting, but blacks have historically been denied housing rights — do not permeate the Tea Party mindset. Society exists ahistorically, and any attempts to right systemic wrongs are Socialism or Fascism or whatever content-free buzzword fits into your poster acronym.
Responding to a CNN piece on non-existent racism in the Tea Party, David Weigel writes:
The straight-up libertarian rhetoric of the tea parties is generally giving black conservatives more to work with, more of a level playing field. But that rhetoric has always been tied in a backlash against federal spending on non-whites and federal intervention to integrate schools and industries. Some of the people that it attracts will be anathemas to black conservatives. And it’s a little silly to pretend, as CNN pretended, there’s no tension here.
More and more evidence points to an empirically identifiable strain of racism in the Tea Party movement. This latest poll is just more of the same.