The truth that some opposition to Obama’s policies is a result of racial prejudice offends many conservatives, who complain that they’re being called evil “racists” simply for having different political views. In her latest column, “Prejudice Still Affects Our Polarized Politics,” Cynthia Tucker argues that older white conservatives are not racist, but are less tolerant than younger generations of interracial dating, immigration, and gay rights:
Take the matter of interracial dating. Overall, Americans have become much more tolerant over the last several decades; 87 percent of Americans now say that they “agree” it’s all right for blacks and whites to date each other, according to Pew.
But take a look at the generational break when Pew asked people whether they agreed “completely” with interracial dating: 75 percent of those between 18 and 28 said they did, but only 37 percent of those ages 65 to 83 agreed “completely.”