Saturday, June 25, 2011
Politics Still Struggles with Color
Yale researchers mailed letters to legislators with fictional names, asking for help in registering to vote. Some letters were signed with "black" names (e.g. DeShawn Jackson) and some with "white" names (e.g. Jake Mueller). Findings reveal that letters from "black" constituents received fewer responses from white legislators and received more responses from minority legislators. Also, the behavior crossed party lines. Whites from both parties behaved similarly - even when the letters indicated the constituent's party lines.