Country: United States (Massachusetts)
Race, Ethnicity and Politics
Surveys, Opinion Polling
My research departs from a long tradition of studying racial prejudice, and argues that racial sympathy — defined as white distress over black misfortune — shapes public opinion among a sizable subset of white Americans. My research draws from a variety of national surveys and experiments and finds that racially sympathetic whites are especially inclined to support policies perceived to benefit African Americans, such as affirmative action and reparations.