Yesterday, October 27, 2012, the Associated Press published findings from a survey of 1,071 adults which declares that the majority of Americans harbor racist views against blacks. The survey, which was conducted with the help of researchers from the University of Michigan, claims that 56 percent of Americans are racist against blacks based on an “implicit racial attitudes test.” The AP also cited a 2011 survey which declares that 57 percent are racist against Hispanics based on the same implicit test.
First of all, the 2012 survey doesn’t appear to give a concrete formula for what qualifies as a “racist” attitude. As such, the criteria for what qualifies as “racist” are completely subjective. The AP says that it asked “overt questions aimed at understanding people’s attitudes toward blacks and Hispanics, such as how well words like ‘friendly’ or ‘violent’ describe African-Americans or Hispanics.”
Let’s take a closer examination at exactly what the survey said. Page 18 asks, “How well does each of these words describe most blacks?” There are six options given for each word: Extremely well, very well, moderately well, slightly well, not at all, and refused/not answered.
In other words, if you think the word “violent” describes blacks even just “slightly well,” then you can be classified as a racist. You have to answer “not at all” in order to avoid the stigma. As such, this survey should be dismissed as irrelevant for its ridiculous wording. Even so, here is a pertinent summary of the results:
- 50 percent of Americans thought the word “violent” described blacks moderately well (27 percent) or slightly well (23 percent). 26 percent said “not at all.”
- 58 percent of Americans thought the word “violent” described Hispanics moderately well (28 percent) or slightly well (30 percent). 23 percent said “not at all.”
- 62 percent of Americans thought the word “violent” described whites moderately well or slightly well (31 percent each). 22 percent said “not at all.”
This is stunning: By the AP’s own criteria, Americans are more racist against whites then they are against blacks or Hispanics. Yet, over the last 24 hours, all we’ve heard about is how Americans are racist against blacks and Hispanics. If this is not an anti-white double standard, then Barack Obama is the manager of the Detroit Tigers (come to think of it, he’s managed the country about as well as the Tigers have scored runs in the World Series, but that’s another story).
But wait. It gets worse.
Of the 1,071 adults surveyed, 67 percent of them were non-Hispanic whites. Unfortunately, and stupidly, the study does not break down how the different groups answered the questions. By lumping everyone together, the reader doesn’t know what whites think of blacks, blacks think of whites, whites think of Hispanics, etc.
Are we to believe that blacks are racist against blacks? Or that Hispanics are racist against Hispanics? Of course not! So why didn’t the study differentiate between groups? Because the AP wants to claim that whites are racist without explicitly saying whites are racist. In the process, the AP not so subtly associated America with whiteness:
In all, 51 percent of Americans now express explicit anti-black attitudes, compared with 48 percent in a similar 2008 survey. When measured by an implicit racial attitudes test, the number of Americans with anti-black sentiments jumped to 56 percent, up from 49 percent during the last presidential election. In both tests, the share of Americans expressing pro-black attitudes fell.
Most Americans expressed anti-Hispanic sentiments, too. In an AP survey done in 2011, 52 percent of non-Hispanic whites expressed anti-Hispanic attitudes. That figure rose to 57 percent in the implicit test..
Notice the distinction between “Americans” and “black people” and “Hispanics?” Notice also how the AP equates Americans with non-Hispanic whites when discussing the 2011 survey? The AP is left in a serious conundrum: Either it is arguing that some blacks and Hispanics are racist against their own kind (after all, the nationality of both blacks and Hispanics in the survey is American), or it is implicitly using “American” and “white person” as synonyms.
The absurdity of the former leaves us with the conclusion that it’s the latter. But that contradicts the orthodoxy that America is a diverse, multicultural nation that was built by peoples of all races. What gives? The AP won’t ever say because its goal is transparent: Smear and demonize white Americans.
Even if we make the asinine assumption that a certain percentage of blacks and Hispanics are racist against their own kind, there is absolutely no way that percentage exceeds 50 percent. As such, the “racism,” such as it is, is coming from non-Hispanic and non-black people in the survey, of which the supermajority is white.
It’s not hard to connect the dots. The AP is accusing the majority of whites of being racist against blacks and Hispanics, and it’s doing so despite the fact that by its own criteria, Americans are more racist against whites then they are against blacks and Hispanics! The web of contradictions the AP created here renders the entire survey utterly meaningless.