December 13, 2007


Minority groups wary of one another: African-Americans, Latinos, Asian-Americans often hold stereotypes against others, poll says (Pamela Constable, 12/13/07, WASHINGTON POST)

It also found that immigrants generally have much more optimism about achieving the American dream than African-Americans, and that far fewer African-Americans than either Asian-Americans or Latinos think every American has an "equal opportunity to succeed."

Underscoring what survey officials called "unfair and ugly stereotypes" among American ethnic and minority groups, more than 40 percent of Latinos and Asian-Americans said they were "generally afraid" of African-Americans and associated them with crime. A similarly high proportion of Latinos and African-Americans said that most Asian-American business owners "do not treat us with respect," while one-third of Asian-Americans and half of African-Americans said that Latino immigrants are "taking away jobs" and other benefits from blacks.

On the other hand, the poll found that they had much in common, including strong feelings of patriotism and religious belief.

Even the Stupid Party ought to be able to figure out that religious folk who believe in hard work are their natural constituency.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 13, 2007 4:14 PM

Note that over 40% of our indigenous Black population think (a)that hard work does not pay off, and (b) that Hispanic and Asian immigrants are taking away their jobs. One suspects that African immigrants are similarly viewed.

Posted by: ghostcat at December 13, 2007 4:44 PM

Schweizerische Volkspartei

In a German-speaking nation, if you use the word Volk anywhere in your party name, you're pretty much guaranteed to be right-wing...and racist to boot.

Posted by: Brandon at December 13, 2007 6:39 PM

It's interesting that all of these stereotypes are true!

Posted by: ger at December 13, 2007 8:30 PM

ger, a funny thing about stereotypes is that they are true. When I took a job in a language school, the fellow whose job I was taking gave me a good tip. He said every stereotype, good and bad, I may have heard about each of the peoples who speak these languages is true.

It turned out he was right even though at the time I thought him a bigot. When I left, I didn't bother passing on the tip to my replacement and just let her figure it out for herself. Didn’t take her long.

Posted by: erp at December 13, 2007 9:50 PM