I’m paraphrasing in my headline, but yeah. That’s what this study proved.
According to the sourcelink, researchers are Yale and Princeton recently conducted a study in which they discovered that liberals and white Democratic presidential candidates “present themselves as less competent when addressing minorities, while conservatives use the same vocabulary no matter what the race of their audience.”
Raise your hand if you’re surprised by this.
So essentially, liberals are pandering racists, which is really inconvenient for them, considering they typically get so much joy out of screaming about how racist conservatives are all the time.
The study showed that liberals tend to use fewer words that convey accomplishment, more words that expressed warmth, and in general tried to play down their own competence level when addressing minority audiences.
Case in point.
When the researchers looked at how Republican presidential candidates and white conservatives spoke to minority audiences, they found no significant differences compared to how those groups spoke to mostly white audiences.
In other words, conservatives don’t see any reason to treat minorities differently, because we aren’t obsessed with race, and because we don’t assume that minorities need to have information dumbed down in order to understand it.
The assistant professor at Yale who took part in the research says she was surprised by the conclusions of the study, remarking, “It was kind of an unpleasant surprise to see this subtle but persistent effect. Even if it’s ultimately well-intentioned, it could be seen as patronizing.”
Yup. It’s that whole “soft bigotry of low expectations” thing.
The study will be published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. One interesting experiment that the researchers conducted was when they asked white liberals to respond to hypothetical people they named “Emily” and “Lakisha.”
“Liberal individuals were less likely to use words that would make them appear highly competent when the person they were addressing was presumed to be black rather than white,” said the release. “No significant differences were seen in the word selection of conservatives based on the presumed race of their partner.”
I’m not a behavioral psychology scientist, but when I read this article I basically thought, “I could have told you this” from Word One.
Because the researchers were pretty desperate, I’m guessing, to find a way to spin this positively for liberals, the assistant professor at Yale suggested that perhaps there’s just more eagerness from white liberals to “connect with other races.”
They’re pandering racists, who legitimately believe that there are intellectual differences between races. It’s really not any more complicated than that.