Black and Blue: How Racial Attitudes and Ideology Impact Feelings Towards Black Lives Matters.

Posted: 12 Nov 2018

Date Written: November 11, 2018

Abstract

According to public opinion data, Blacks and Whites in the U.S. see race and racism through an entirely different lens. In recent years the killing of unarmed African Americans by law enforcement officers has given birth to a new anti-racist social movement named #BlackLivesMatter. Black Lives Matter organizers have forced policy discussions about police brutality into the political discourse by protesting political candidates. This paper investigates the degree to which white attitudes towards the Black Lives Matter Movement is a function of racial resentment and ideology. Recent studies have shown how racial resentment has spilled over into a wide range of political issues; however, no recent study has sought to examine if racial resentment and ideology shape how whites view anti-racist social movements such as Black Lives Matter. Using data from the 2016 American Election Study Survey we hypothesize whites with high levels of racial resentment are more likely to express negative feelings towards the Black Lives Matter Movement. In a political environment that is highly polarized, it is essential to understand the factors that drive white attitudes towards the Black Lives Matter movement because these attitudes are likely to have important implications for electoral politics.

Keywords: Black Lives Matter, Ideology, Racial Resentment, Ideology

Suggested Citation

Riley, Emmitt Y. and Peterson, Clarissa, Black and Blue: How Racial Attitudes and Ideology Impact Feelings Towards Black Lives Matters. (November 11, 2018). 2019 National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS) Annual Meeting. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3282748

Emmitt Y. Riley (Contact Author)

DePauw University ( email )

Greencastle, IN 46135
United States
6623920876 (Phone)

Clarissa Peterson

Depauw University ( email )

105 Asbury Hall
Greencastle, IN 46135
United States

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