At least 46% of Mississippi Republicans are overt racists

And who knows about those too embarrassed to express their views:

When usual Republican primary voters in the state of Mississippi were asked if they think interracial marriage should be legal or illegal, a whopping 46 percent said it should be illegal, compared to 40 percent who think it should be legal. The remaining 14 percent were unsure.

There seems to be a pattern here. Roughly 40% of voters in 1998 (South Carolina) and 2000 (Alabama) voted against removing defunct bans on interracial marriage from their constitutions. I have no stats which break down how many of these people were Republicans, but who thinks they were mostly Democrats? The GOP is doing a heck of a job as solidifying itself as the party of racists, particularly in the South. I may have to throw out that old saying, ‘Republicans may not be racist, but racists vote Republican.’ The data suggests the first clause to be false.

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9 Responses

  1. Southern Democrats, racists? NEVER.

    What would George Wallace think?

    Southern Democrats opposed the Civil Rights Act.

    But to your main point, these numbers are pretty fishy. Have you seen this?

    http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/gnxp/2011/04/can-46-of-mississippi-republicans-favor-banning-interracial-marriage/

  2. I always find it cute when Republicans have to appeal to Democrats from 50, 60, 70 years ago. Do you honestly think that says anything of the fact that the modern day Republican party is rife is racist assholes?

  3. That was mostly in fun, but where’s your evidence that the GOP is “rife” with racists? Big claims should come with big evidence.

    What did you think of the Discover blog post questioning this study? The same survey showed 55% of the far left opposed it as well, along with 71% of the somewhat liberal.

  4. You have a habit of declaring mundane things to be “big claims” (such as the incredibly tiny claim that most people who become Republicans do so based upon their religion). The GOP seems to rarely have a problem with race baiting (see Gingrich) or declaring the US should have an official language of English-only or in replaying clips of two black kids being dumb as if there is white voter intimidation happening across the nation (see FOX Noise in ’08). They don’t seem to have a problem with voting in favor of or voicing support for bans on interracial marriage. They’re more than happy to show utter disdain and disrespect to the President, ignoring the dignity of the office more so than in any other time in the 20th century – and I don’t mean Joe Q. Republican, but rather elected officials and those running for office.

    If I did a Google search for racist things said about Obama by Republicans, do you think I would be searching for long? How about if I searched for racist things said about Cain by Democrats?

    There is a reason 3/4 of blacks are either registered Democrats or Democrat-leaning independents. There is a reason why blacks have voted Democrat by overwhelming margins since FDR. I don’t see why you’re so willing to defend the GOP on any of this.

    That Discovery blog post showed that 55% of “very liberal” Republicans were against interracial marriage. I’m not sure how one defines such a thing, but fortunately it is only 4% of all Republicans polled who described themselves as such (therefore meaning that about 2% of Republicans polled call themselves very liberal and are against interracial marriage). Break it down into real numbers and we have 8 or 9 Republicans polled in Mississippi who call themselves “very liberal”.

    http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/PPP_Release_MS_0407915.pdf

  5. Without trying to open a can of worms here, I would just say this:

    “At least 46% of Mississippi Republicans are overt racists”

    That is at best a falsehood and at worse a patent lie, because the poll had nothing to do with republicans as a whole, only usual primary voters.

    Frankly, it doesn’t have anything to do with republicans at all. Mississippi has an open primary, and I struggle to find the question asking about party affiliation. Without that piece of information, I don’t see how this year old study has any value.

    What dumbass didn’t think to ask that simple question, or deliberately decided not to, I don’t know, but I know there are unknown proportions of unaffiliated, democratic, independent and repub voters whose opinions are allegedly represented here.

    On the other hand, Gallop has been doing interracial marriage polls for more than 60 years and had a poll not so long ago showing 86% of Americans supporting interracial marriage legality.

  6. Let me get this straight, you are saying that you don’t need evidence to support your views because they are obvious? Is it mundane to think the earth is a tiny orb that travels around the sun?

    How much time have you spent in the south to observe what the racism there is like. I believe it’s very real, but it doesn’t resemble the neat, tidy package you describe.

    You move on to compare the volume of racist things said against Obama, who’s been president for four years, to the volume against a 2011 presidential candidate. I am perfectly willing to believe there are more stereotypical anti-black white racists in the GOP, but the Democrats also get the blue collar union workers -many of whom hold those same racist views.

    There were plenty of polls in the 2008 democratic primary showing some number of democrats would not vote for Obama because he’s black. You also have blacks who are racist against whites – they do not join the GOP, and they exist in large numbers. You also have latinos who are prejudice against blacks, or blacks who are racist against asians or jews. Racism isn’t a simple black or white issue.

    Blacks flock to the Dems because they are promised direct aid. You live in Maine, tell me how things are working out on the Indian reservations, where every members gets government freebies, including money. How are they doing in terms of wealth. Do you hear any of them ask to turn the flow off?

    You are correct that this was a poll of very liberal republicans. I missed that. However, you’ve ignored how strange those numbers are, and you’ve glossed over the issue as it contradicts from other polls.

  7. “They’re more than happy to show utter disdain and disrespect to the President, ignoring the dignity of the office more so than in any other time in the 20th century”

    Bwhahaha.

    Mr. Hawkins, two points:

    1) Showing disrespect to the sitting president is partisan asshatery – the sort of thing you engage in when you write blogposts like this. It is prejudice based on party affiliation and is not primarily race-based. (You can see this in the way that every president sees massive disrespect from the other side.)

    2) The president has never been all that respected. We didn’t hear much about it until the rise of the internet and the fall of the fairness doctrine, but all three internet presidents have been declared fascists and murderers by the opposite camp. Again, this seems to be hyperpartisanship, not racism. To racists, yes, racism will likely be a factor. But if Obama had an R after his name you’d see these Republican racists you apparently see behind every bush rally behind him.

  8. Let me get this straight, you are saying that you don’t need evidence to support your views because they are obvious? Is it mundane to think the earth is a tiny orb that travels around the sun?

    Nice strawman, but no. Not only was my previous claim extraordinarily tiny, but I gave you evidence for it. That you chose to ignore that evidence is your fault.

    How much time have you spent in the south to observe what the racism there is like. I believe it’s very real, but it doesn’t resemble the neat, tidy package you describe.

    I probably need to actually visit Barrow, Alaska to know it’s cold, too.

    You move on to compare the volume of racist things said against Obama, who’s been president for four years, to the volume against a 2011 presidential candidate.

    I have just as much confidence in my statement if we look at results from February 2007 until he got the nomination.

    You are correct that this was a poll of very liberal republicans. I missed that. However, you’ve ignored how strange those numbers are, and you’ve glossed over the issue as it contradicts from other polls.

    And you’re glossing over the fact that many other polls fail to ask about party affiliation since that isn’t what they want to know. When polls do ask, though, they show disturbing results:

  9. Hortensio, first, I specified that I wasn’t talking about the general public here. I mean sitting politicians. Waving a finger in the President’s face? Pretending like you were “threatened”? (Don’t try to tell me that was race-baiting.) Screaming at the President that he lies? The list goes on and on. Even Dubya didn’t get this treatment.

    Second, again, I specified I was not talking about the general public.

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