Black People : Discriminating Against 'DeShawn'

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  1. MsInterpret

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    Discriminating Against ‘DeShawn’

    By Christopher Shea

    Have we entered an era of post-racial politics? Not quite, suggests a new study. White state legislators, regardless of party, discriminate against their black constituents, it finds. And minority state legislators are more likely to respond to a request from a black citizen.

    Researchers sent emails requesting information about voter registration to 4,859 state representatives, in 44 states, a month before the 2008 elections. Some of the emails signaled partisan affiliation, others didn’t, and they were signed either “DeShawn Jackson” or “Jake Mueller”— DeShawn and Jake being among the blackest and whitest American names, statistically speaking.

    The politicians responded to DeShawn 55.3% of the time, and to Jake 60.5% of the time. Republican assumptions that black Americans vote Democratic (which they do, overwhelmingly) may have contributed somewhat to that gap, the researchers said. But full analysis of the data revealed that the main driving force was the race of the politicians.

    White Democrats (or their staffers) responded to Jake’s email 61.2% of the time, compared with 54.3% for DeShawn, a 6.8 percentage-point difference. White Republicans favored Jake to a similar degree: by 7.6 percentage points.

    Minority state legislators, meanwhile, favored DeShawn by 16.5 percentage points. (There were too few minority Republican lawmakers to generalize about their behavior.)

    “Do Politicians Racially Discriminate against Constituents? A Field Experiment on State Legislators,” Daniel M. Butler and David E. Broockman.

    Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/ideas-market/2011/05/05/discriminating-against-deshawn/?KEYWORDS=deshawn
     
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    Malcolm suggested that we learn to unite and buy politicians like every one else,
    and form our own lobbies for our own interests

    Black or White,
    all politicians in a capitalist nation understand Green
     
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