Skip to comments.White on white: Nation's first ever 'whiteness' survey provides new insight on race
Posted on 09/06/2006 7:09:04 AM PDT by Pharmboy
Survey focuses on what white people think about being white
MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (9/6/2006) -- What whites think about their own race is the focus of a first-of-its-kind national survey by researchers in the University of Minnesota's department of sociology. From a telephone survey of more than 2,000 households nationwide, results show that there is more recognition among white people of their own racial identity and the social privileges that come with it than was previously thought.
The assumption behind prior scholarship and diversity training initiatives was that whites overlooked their own race.
"It's sort of like having an accent," said the study's co-author, University of Minnesota associate professor Doug Hartmann. "For some white Americans, racial identity is so fixed, so taken for granted, that 'race' becomes something other people have."
In fact, the researchers found that a majority of whites (74 percent) felt that their own racial identity was important to them, and that a similar majority were able to see prejudice and discrimination as important in explaining white advantage. At the same time, minorities are more likely to see their racial identities as important and to see structural reasons for racial disparities.
The research also suggests that awareness of white identity and awareness of white privilege are not the same. "The fact of the matter is that people claim white identity for defensive as well as progressive reasons," said survey co-author Paul Croll, University of Minnesota graduate student.
Age and income have little impact on a white person's awareness of their racial identity, the study found. But Southerners and social conservatives place more emphasis on their racial identity than other white Americans, while those with more education place less. Republican and male respondents most strongly resist claims that discrimination in legal and financial systems can explain white advantage. Additionally, respondents--regardless of their racial identity--believed strongly in the importance of individual effort, hard work and family upbringing in achieving success.
### The study, available upon request, was part of the American Mosaic Project, a three-year project funded by the Minneapolis-based David Edelstein Family Foundation that looks at race, religion and cultural diversity in the contemporary United States.
Not meant for the lists, but this is interesting: studying the Caucasian Tribe in their natural habitat--answering the telephone.
Hey! That sounds cool! Why didn't anyone tell me? What have I been missing out on??
Why do they need to do studies of things that every reasonable person is already aware of? Seems like I'm missing out on a great career field, getting paid to do *studies*. There's worse ways to earn a living.
the "white" race is the smallest race on the planet, of the 190 nations in the UN only a handfull of then are majority or run by "white" people -
That handfull however seems to be the only successful ones and that majority of all the other countries don't seem to be a place where a lot of people want to live.
Stopped reading there. I did not make it to where I am today because of my skin color. I made it here because I had parents who gave a damn about where I was and what I was doing when I was young. I made it here because I applied myself in school. I made it here because I took initiative and blew off the losers who told me I was "selling out" (for whatever reason).
The whole "white privilege" idea is nothing but a Leftist racist cop-out for other minorities not giving a damn about their own future.
Every time I hear that ours is a racist culture that keeps minorities down, I always demand an explanation for the success of the Asian community. And every time I get nothing but bullcrap socio-babble from the Left.
I'm with you, PC.
I take it the left hasn't yet taught you how to be apologetic for being white...;-)
|Comedian:|| Yo, check this out: black guys drive a car like this.
[Leans back, as though his elbow were on the windowsill]
Do, do, ch. Do-be-do, do-be-do-be-do.
Yeah, but white guys, see, they drive a car like this.
[Hunches forward, talks nasally]
|Homer:||Ah ha ha, it's true, it's true! We're so lame!|
You are correct, sir!
A sign of the times is that we no longer categorize people as a single race. Now applications ask "To which races do you belong?". You can pick multiple races today.
I'm feeling kinda American Indian today.
I keep looking for this "white privelege" all these affirmative action A**clowns keep talking about and have yet to find it.
Yet at the same time, I'm inundated by "Diversity" and "Inclusion" training and all kinds of other BS propaganda, all the while being called a White racist devil slavemaster because I was born white.
I don't care what you call it, a pig with lipstick on its snout is still a pig and that is what "diversity" is to affirmative action.
The last thing I have to say is to all you hyphenated "americans". You aren't American. You claim to be. But all you want is to be able to claim victim status and at the same time say you are an "american" and demand the rights that come with it while not behaving or acting like an American.
You know what? Screw you! Start acting like an American and then I'll treat you as an equal. Until then...STFU!
Oh, they tried. But the only response they got from me was, "Gee, I'm sorry you're so focused on my skin color. How about focusing on the content of my character instead?"
I love shooting down Leftists with their own artillery.
Come on now you KNOW you are "a White racist devil slavemaster." And that is only on your GOOD days.
The study […] was part of the American Mosaic Project, a three-year project funded by the Minneapolis-based David Edelstein Family Foundation that looks at race, religion and cultural diversity in the contemporary United States.Funny: German universities in the 1930s made a lot of such studies, too. It's really nice to see our modern, liberal “scholars” take it up and continue where they left ;-\
In other words, race is important to ignorant bigots, but not to the educated elite among us. Gee, I wonder how stacked that poll was.