Reprinted with permission from Alternet
One of the most offensive slurs in modern American language is the n-word. It has a long and ugly history and is offensive to most people.
But as on most issues, many Trump voters have a different point of view.
The Washington Post‘s Michael Tesler on Tuesday took a long look at Trump voters and their perception of what is racist. (It’s important to note that only about 5 percent of Black voters are Trump voters.)
In a post titled, “Republicans don’t think Trump’s tweets are racist. That fits a long American history of denying racism,” the Post notes, “Even under Jim Crow, most whites thought that blacks were treated fairly.”
Take one other seemingly clear-cut example of racism: the use of the n-word to describe African Americans. Polls show that Democrats and Republicans increasingly disagree on whether the n-word is offensive. Indeed, the percentage of Republicans who consider the word offensive or unacceptable has actually declined in recent years.
The Post reports that just one-third (33 percent) of Trump voters now consider it racist to use the n-word. By comparison, 86 percent of Hillary Clinton voters believe it is racist to use the n-word.
Tesler provides graphs that show just over the past three years Republicans find the use of the n-word decreasingly offensive. Democrats, and at a faster rate, increasingly find it offensive.
Further illustrating the difference in how Trump voters view race, less than one in four Trump voters disagreed with this statement:
“I prefer my close relatives marry spouses of their same race.”
Sixty-three percent of Clinton voters disagreed with the statement.