Political Scientists for Reid
I don’t want to impute anything to these academics with that headline — they aren’t actually endorsing the Senate majority leader. But as I noted in my story yesterday, there’s a substantial amount of research on how voters view skin color when they consider candidates.
“There’s a trove of research that documents that color and dialect matter in important ways,” said Vesla Weaver, a professor at the University of Virginia who co-authored a 2007 study on this. “I think this may be a case where his weird use of ‘negro’ marred the other aspects of his statement.”
“The Skin Color Paradox and the American Racial Order,” which first appeared in Social Forces, is below the jump. Politically, this isn’t something any politician can talk about and expect to skirt controversy. But it’s not too radical in the political science discipline.