One blogger’s personal bridge to nowhere

The Bradley-Affected “Bradley Effect”

Having seen yet another debunking of the mythical “Bradley Effect,” I suddenly realized — could the persistence of this story of unspoken racism be in and of itself a product of racism?  Looking back at 1982, it’s easy to assume that a black candidate would face obstacles to becoming California’s governor — as I’m sure he did.  And because Tom Bradley lost, it is reflexively much easier to pin the blame on lingering racism than on, for example, poorly conducted polling.  The latter is less “sexy,” and the glorification of racism to a causal factor can itself be seen as both America’s infatuation with its own racism and an over-correction for a perceived temporary blip in this story.

While the question may remain “will America elect a black man?,” the explanations will have to be more nuanced, and the story will certainly have to be adjusted.

November 4, 2008 - Posted by | U.S. politics |

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