People on the left and right are equally racist

People on the left and right are equally racist

The ideological position in the right-left arc has more to do with the worldview of oneself and the acquisition of an ideological pack given that of a pondered reflection. Therefore, there are inconsistencies between the members themselves from one extreme or another .

And there are also many similarities: because one thing is how one presents himself on a moral level (what he aspires to be or pretends to be) and another thing is what he really is. That is why it is not strange to see that racism is transversal .

Google searches

As it is very difficult to get into people’s heads to know what they really think and people usually respond in surveys what is consistent with their base position or what is expected of them but not what they really think , a way Interesting to find out the trend of someone is scrutinizing the searches they make through Google.

That is, using big data to correlate searches related to racism in a negative way . For example, searching for the term "nigger". Or the search for racist jokes. Or "Stormfront," a neo-Nazi, white nationalist, white supremacist, anti-Semitic, and Holocaust-denier Internet forum.

Thanks to this, Seth Stephens-Davidowitz has been able to draw a new map of sociological racism in his book Everybody Lies, warning something that, in a way, should seem obvious to us: that Republicans living in the South of the United States could be more likely to admit racism, but many Northern Democrats harbored similar attitudes:

Polls and popular opinion placed modern racism mostly in the South and mostly among Republicans. But places with the highest rates of racist searches included upstate New York, western Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, industrial Michigan, and rural Illinois, as well as West Virginia, southern Louisiana. and Misisispi. The real dividing line, Google search data suggested, was not between south and north; it was between east and west. You didn’t find these things very west of Mississippi. And racism wasn’t limited to Republicans. In fact, racist searches were no more numerous in places with a high percentage of Republicans than in places with a high percentage of Democrats.

In fact, if one studies how racism changes on the internet in parts of the country more or less exposed to the Great Recession, one cannot affirm that one of the main causes of racism is insecurity and economic vulnerability. Rising unemployment simply doesn’t seem to be fueling racism . What has been found is that racist searches were correlated with higher death rates for blacks .

Stephens-Davidowitz assures that the data from the search engine are "more plausible of not having any censorship than the surveys, since they are, in general, searches carried out in privacy, with greater freedom and less social censorship."