A doctoral candidate in economics at Harvard (FOX NEWS TRANSLATION: an elitist) conducted a study using Google searches to look at how racism affected the 2008 election. He should have also used Bing to see how racism affected the 2008 election for the three people that use Bing…
I used data from 2004 to 2007 because I wanted a measure not directly influenced by feelings toward Mr. Obama. From 2008 onward, “Obama” is a prevalent term in racially charged searches…
Once I figured out which parts of the country had the highest racially charged search rates, I could test whether Mr. Obama underperformed in these areas. I predicted how many votes Mr. Obama should have received based on how many votes John Kerry received in 2004 plus the average gain achieved by other 2008 Democratic Congressional candidates. The results were striking: The higher the racially charged search rate in an area, the worse Mr. Obama did.
I can't believe it was racism that cost Obama the 2008 election! If only he'd won, right now we'd be living in a post-racial America, where people are not judged by the color of their skin or the foreign-sounding-ness of their name but by the content of their drone attacks.
What's that? Obama did win? And people are still horrible racists? I'll go back to living under my rock. It's less terrible there.
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Tags: 2008, Barack Obama, John McCain, Racism