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Bigoted Hispanics Will Still Vote for Black Candidates, Say Researchers

When people discuss the browning of America, we know this phenomenon islatinos+for+obama partly a consequence of the ballooning number of Hispanics in this country. Texas, a conservative state by any measure, will be majority Hispanic by 2020.

The question for many in politics, however, is what does this mean for the Democratic Party. National Journal sought to dispel some popular stereotypes about Hispanics, especially where politics is concerned.

Although anti-black racism exists in the Hispanic community, research shows that even biased Hispanics will still vote for black candidates. This means that although Hispanics can be racists, that racism doesn’t always impact how they vote:

In other words, the most bigoted Hispanics were no less likely to vote for Barack Obama than the most tolerant Hispanics. Among whites, antiblack attitudes almost always led to a vote against Obama.

This is important considering the ballooning Hispanic community in the U.S.

“If the past is the prologue, the more than 53 million souls who make up this (mostly) new American community may well rewrite the political history of the United States,” say scientists Matt Barreto and Gary Segura.

“Racial resentment, or animus, while not altogether absent among Latinos, did not play a meaningful role in shaping their preferences in the 2008 election,” Barreto and Segura conclude, according to the National Journal.

That’s only one surprise by the book authors, who found that Hispanics, although religious, don’t vote mainly based on religious conviction:

When asked to name the two “most important” problems, the combined total for all moral/values issues never rises above 3 percent. In a December 2011 study conducted by the authors, overwhelming majorities of Hispanic voters said they don’t want ministers giving them political direction..

It’s hard to make a prediction for what this all means, but it should make for an interesting political climate.

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