An Alarming Percentage Of Trump And Clinton Fans Have Incredibly Racist Views About Blacks. | Gradient

An alarming percentage of Trump and Clinton fans have incredibly racist views about blacks.

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A Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted during the thick of the Presidential primary races examined the racial attitudes of people supporting top presidential candidates Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Ted Cruz. (Oh! And John Kasich, too.) If you’re optimistic about America’s current handle on race relations: 1. You have 400 years of evidence imploring you to stop. 2. You won’t be after seeing the terrible results for each candidate’s backers.


According to the poll, roughly one out of every three Trump supporters believes that blacks are less intelligent than whites. That’s really bad! Meanwhile, prospective Clinton supporters didn’t lag far behind in this race to the bottom; 22 percent of her supporters also rated whites as more intelligent than blacks. Still, really bad!

Further, while Trump may boast about his fine relationship with “the blacks,” almost half of his fans believe blacks are more violent than whites. (Clinton had about one third. Progress?)  Other traits, like perceived “laziness” or “manners,”  displayed the same pattern of Trump backers being most racist, while racism among Clinton supporters was far from anomalous. When Reuters filtered out non-whites that could potentially skew the results, the data trend remained the same.

Reuters made an interesting decision in their framing of the narrative, constructing the headline (“Trump supporters more likely to view blacks negatively”) to inform readers that Trump’s fans were more racist than Hillary’s. Which is true! Again, no one is surprised that a campaign notorious for retweeting neo-Nazis and promising an immediate ban on Muslim immigration would invite its share of bigots. But, comparing Clinton’s backers with Trump’s veils the notion that being less racist than Trump is an entirely different matter than having fans driven by inclusiveness and mutual respect. Most of all, Hillary’s large minority, heh, of fans upholding racial attitudes you’d expect in a leaked Mark Fuhrman confessional is far from ideal: It’s an indictment.

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