Warning: racial epithets ahead. A Harvard study shows that in parts of the country where more people Google for "nigger jokes," Obama does worse than predicted in the polls.
In areas where a lot of people search for "I hate niggers," Obama does 7% worse than expected. But in states with a low rate of racially-charged searches, Obama does roughly as well as polls predict.
Googling for racial epithets is most popular in West Virginia, upstate New York, rural Illinois, eastern Ohio, southern Mississippi, western Pennsylvania, and southern Oklahoma. In case you were wondering, the study attempted to rule out hip-hop related searches by excluding "nigga" and other hip-hop slang.
The study concludes that racism cost Obama 3-5% of the popular vote nationwide, compared to John Kerry's 2004 vote tally. Earlier academic papers have suggested a similar figure.
you really can't be serious and as a black man I can tell you that the hare that comes from alot of black people these days comes from the hate that your people put out there in the first place.Heck,go read the comment on yahoo stories when it pertains to any black person,no matter if it's good or bad,the white racist comes out.
The left must really fear voter apathy to start playing the race card this early. Nevermind that Obama is part WHITE. Maybe America is just reacting to Obama's failed policies. Of course this study came from Harvard, no partiality there.
Obama got elected in spite of racism. Since he got elected we've seen what a miserable failure he is so some of the people who voted for him the first time won't be voting for him this time. "Racism" has little to do with it.
Interesting. The one problem I see right away is the conclusion that Obama being black hurt him in the 2008 election. . There were people who would have voted for McCain if Obama was white.
My guess is that the people that would have voted for McCain if Obama was white, outnumbers the people that would have voted for Obama if Obama was white. . The Bradley Effect ignores the segments that voted for Obama because he is black. . Aside from that, this study does nothing more than prove what we all know. Racism exists, and it will always exist until everyone is the same shade of brown. It's a form of tribalism. Tribalism is merely shorthand for the basic human nature to group together according to what provides "perceived" security. Some people will always see race as the grouping that satisfies that drive. . That doesn't mean it shouldn't be confronted by free citizens where it rears it's ugly head, but neither does it mean that government should force should be anything other than the last resort to an intolerable situation.
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I too am from WV. Racism is so prevelant it's not even noticed. Why is Obama an idiot? Coal? Look into the companies that cut the workforce and paid no mind to rules in place for years. There have been environmental disasters for years. Its not his fault WV is like a third world country. All the minerals trees and people are used up. Chemicals are made there and sent elsewhere. The wealth is all extracted and people get paid to sent it to places that put it to use. It's always been that way. People need work and that outweighs the danger from coal and chemicals. So what if the air and water are dangerous.?
@Weez-1 Why was this removed ? I said that there is in fact racism in wv. That was in response to another WV commenter saying otherwise. Obama is disliked there. He is blamed for the decline of coal. It saddens me to see companies extract wealth , use up people and leave when it's no longer profitable. When miners are killed because of the criminal negligence of operators with poor equipment. Fines levied for pollution. And when coal falls out of favor for fracking. This has been going on for centuries but the animus for Obama is disproporional