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Racial Resentment in the Political Mind$
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Darren W. Davis and David C. Wilson

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780226814674

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2022

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226814704.001.0001

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The Profile and Performance of Racial Resentment

The Profile and Performance of Racial Resentment

(p.114) Chapter Four The Profile and Performance of Racial Resentment
Racial Resentment in the Political Mind

Darren W. Davis

David C. Wilson

University of Chicago Press

We identify the traits and characteristics most common to individuals who harbor racial resentment toward African Americans. We argue that ordinary people high in racial resentment may not resemble racists—for example, those who would wear white hoods and capes, attend Klan rallies and meetings, donate to extremist organizations, consume and share social media denigrating African Americans as less than human, or openly espouse racist views—but may actually resemble the average person in the community and do not try to intentionally offend anyone. People who endorse racially resentful views may not think of themselves as racists or be aware of the racial consequences of their beliefs. We identify them in our survey data by examining the extent to which racial resentment is associated with socio-demographic and political factors. We also examine the performance of racial resentment as it pertains to how well it predicts relevant political attitudes and behavior relative to other factors. Individuals possess a multitude of dispositions and beliefs that compete with, and may potentially overshadow, racial resentment. Ideology, education, social dominance, and more recently, White identity are among a powerful set of factors said to predict political preferences.

Keywords:   President Barack Obama, President Donald Trump, racial policies, immigration

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