Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Minority Anti-Semitism

The Washington Post reports blacks and Hispanics are much more likely than whites or Asians to express overt anti-Semitic views. Hat tip to Instapundit Glenn Reynolds for the link. Author David Bernstein writes:
ADL (Anti-Defamation League) surveys show that “approximately 12 percent of Americans hold deeply entrenched anti-Semitic views.” However, over 30% of African Americans and Latinos hold such views. Given that they are almost 30% of the population, this suggests that of the 12% of Americans who hold deeply entrenched anti-Semitic views, 9% or so are African Americans or Latinos. This means, in turn, of the 70% or so of the population that is not African American or Latino, only 3% hold deeply entrenched anti-Semitic views.

It seems odd given these numbers that Jews seem especially concerned about mostly phantom anti-Semitism emanating from white evangelical Christians, while being less concerned about anti-Semitism in core Democratic constituencies.
The second paragraph certainly describes the attitudes of the Jewish friend with whom I have discussed politics. Of course, a number of studies have shown people downplay things making political opponents look good while amplifying that which makes them look bad, and vice-versa with respect to political allies.