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In the common imagination, the deep cultural divide in the United States pits Team Woke (young, female, POC) against Team Resentful (old, male, white). This is almost entirely wrong. (Thread.)
80% of Americans believe "political correctness is a problem in our country." Supporters of political correctness tend to be rich, highly educated, progressive activists.
New poll result: Large majorities of Americans of all ages, races dislike Political Correctness (main partial exception: rich educated whites). - The Atlantic
Will be posting periodic reminders that 3/4 of blacks, 79 percent of people under 24, and 2/3 of those with post-graduate degrees oppose political correctness
If instead of forcing Americans into a progressive/conservative binary, you cluster them by belief, the country starts to look very, very different
It is a small group of white, highly educated, and affluent progressives who support PC culture. By being out of touch with most Americans, this woke white elite are potentially harming the academic and media institutions they dominate.
So...this is pretty mind-blowing. From .
Your political must read of the day.
Very useful piece here by
has a great essay on implications of major new survey of America's "8 political tribes." Surprise: in 7 tribes, and all races, a large majority dislike political correctness:
The "Hidden Tribes" report is too delightful for words. It's like the antidote to the Data and Society report from September. The middle is vast, and largely unspoken for. Chalk one up for tolerant, inclusive, alternative sense-making networks.
Wow... "Progressive activists are much more likely to be rich, highly educated—and white."
This Atlantic article largely supports what and I, influenced by many other thinkers, wrote in
OK, this was a looong thread. Please share my article on this in .
When directly asked about PC (norms suppressing others' speech) vast majorities of Americans across demographic spectrum reject it. The exception? Progressive Activists, a tiny but LOUD group among whom a large majority endorse PC speech suppression.
A fascinating piece by my friend reinforcing a reality we often forget. If we define American attitudes by those who are most engaged, we’re actually failing to understand our nation
Two-thirds of Americans belong to an "exhausted majority," according to a new study. explains
"what the vast majority of Americans seem to not so much genuine concern for social justice [from progressives] as the preening display of cultural superiority." From 's article in
What this means, it seems to me, is that people in the rational center need to speak up more, to defend colleagues whom the mob has targeted, and to build a more conspicuous and appealing centrist consensus.
... and on a new study on ideology, race and attitudes toward PC
This seems like a methodological problem. "But since the survey question did not define political correctness for respondents, we cannot be sure what, exactly, the 80 percent of Americans who regard it as a problem have in mind.”
Great article by on PC culture. Apparently the data does indicate that it is more of a white phenomenon. Related sidenote, apparently the chinese have a specific word for the posturing element of PC culture - Baizuo
Most Americans don't like woke culture
The political self-destructiveness of PC. Another fine entry in 's crusade to awaken the "woke."
The pro-PC crowd reflects a tiny privileged minority, but that minority is: "the kinds of people...who are in charge of universities, edit the nation’s most important newspapers and magazines, and advise Democratic political candidates on their campaigns"
If you think political correctness is a good thing, you're probably at the height of whiteness and privilege, or you serve as the aid to those that are. h/t
Didn't know this: "a full 80 percent believe that 'political correctness is a problem in our country.' Even young people are uncomfortable with it, including 74 percent ages 24 to 29."
New study shows that the majority of Americans of all ethnic groups are alienated by woke culture and PC. Fascinating read.
"On social media, the country seems to divide into two neat camps: Call them the woke and the resentful. Reality is nothing like this."
"25 percent of Americans are traditional or devoted conservatives, and their views are far outside the American mainstream. Some 8 percent of Americans are progressive activists, and their views are even less typical."
Here's the study (which was conducted by a left-wing organization
., writing for , reports on a study showing that large percentages of Americans dislike political correctness, including 61% of those respondents identified as traditional liberals.
Heh: "With the exception of the small tribe of devoted conservatives, progressive activists are the most racially homogeneous group in the country."
Americans strongly dislike PC culture.
The bad part about public education is that they attempt to teach our kids nonsense. The good part about public education is that our kids don't learn anything.
Among the general population, a full 80 percent believe that “political correctness is a problem in our country.” Youth isn’t a good proxy for support of political correctness—and it turns out race isn’t, either. But, income and education are.
This piece validates so many of my priors.
1/ Looking at the methods, I found no rationale for using cluster analysis. Graphs suggest just one variable: conservative-liberal. As has repeatedly noted, a clustering method gives you clusters regardless of continuity.
"Among the general population, a full 80 percent believe that “political correctness is a problem in our country.” Even young people are uncomfortable with it, including 74 percent ages 24 to 29"
Aw shucks, this one is going to rustle some jimmies. This study will of course be wokesplained to us by our betters but it goes a long way to explaining weird Twitter culture. Lets mine some choice quotes from the article.
This is the most important article on PC culture all year. Key points: - Twitter makes it seem like "wokeness culture" is the norm, it's not. - Everyone is burned out of PC culture. - Raising controversial subjects is OK. - Be *nice* and *polite*.
Americans Strongly Dislike PC Culture
Remember when I said the next big trend was being decent? Data as usual shows what I can FEEL due to my connection with Energy.
Good to see our work at ⁦⁩ written up in the Atlantic. Key takeaway from this article is that people of color actually see political correctness as *more* problematic than white people.
If you identify as a progressive activist the results of this study might ruin your life.
This is a bizarre article. "Political correctness" is a pejorative term. It means something like "an excess of language policing". Excesses are always bad. This is not news; it is mastery of the English language.
Apparently 80 percent of Americans including a majority of young people and liberals think political correctness culture has gone too far and is now a problem
This is an important piece of journalism by The Atlantic. Please read this.
“Progressive activists are much more likely to be rich, highly educated—and white. They are nearly twice as likely as the average to make more than $100,000 a year. They are nearly three times as likely to have a postgraduate degree.”
Progressive activists: * Make up 8% of the pop. * Are 2x as likely as avg. Americans to make >$100k a year * Are 3x as likely to have a graduate degree * Only 3% of them are black * Except for devoted conservatives, this is least racially diverse group.
Fascinating piece here. "Among the general population, a full 80 percent believe that 'political correctness is a problem in our country.’” (h/t )
"I don’t doubt the sincerity of [those] who call out 'problematic' terms or 'cultural appropriation.' But what the vast majority of Americans seem to see is not so much genuine concern for social justice as the preening display of cultural superiority."
Worth reading.
"Most Americans don’t fit into either of these [tribal] camps. They also share more common ground than the daily fights on social media might suggest—including a general aversion to PC culture."
"In a democracy, it is difficult to win fellow citizens over to your own side, or to build public support to remedy injustices that remain all too real, when you fundamentally misunderstand how they see the world." [email protected]_Mounk
"Progressive activists are the only group that strongly backs political correctness: Only 30 percent see it as a problem."
New survey shows pretty much everyone dislikes political correctness Although motivated by good intentions PC essentially denies a public voice to people who don't know how to conform to accepted discourse - which is mostly, of course, the least powerful
Well worth 10 minutes of your time. Particularly if you fall within the 63% who comprise the “exhausted majority”
Two-thirds of Americans belong to an "exhausted majority," according to a new study. explains:
*Wow*: 80% of Americans, incl. 79% of <24 yr olds, think political correctness is a problem in the US, seeing it as "not so much genuine concern for social justice as the preening display of cultural superiority" (h/t )
Wow, heaven forbid Americans should feel compelled to learn about a topic before running their mouth about it
Yes. yes. yes. Further supports what and I found in our Outrage Industry research. Existed before Trump, fuels his popularity.
One of the more fascinating stories and one that should challenge writers at places like The Atlantic, NYT, and other elite pubs.
"Americans Strongly Dislike PC Culture" // Read this for the wrong reason but it highlights some work on political correctness that is interesting (not personal computers).
Yascha Mounk reporting on a new study showing the massive unpopularity of excessive political correctness.
Over 80 Percent of Non White Americans and 79% of Americans see Political Correctness as a Problem
Americans Strongly Dislike PC Culture Majority of Americans see it as a problem.
Americans strongly dislike PC culture | Yascha Mounk
Americans Strongly Dislike PC Culture
80% of Americans think political correctness is a problem, about as many as think hate speech is a problem: Brings to mind this very fine PC antidote from Stephen Fry: (6-min video)
Coastal elites can force feed narratives all they want. A super majority of Americans aren’t buying.
Being PC just means having some empathy not being a jerk. I think the war against "PC Culture" (which started in the 90s) set us up for Trump and the GOP, unfortunately (jerks with no empathy). Blackgirlinmaine
Who cares if elites get popular views on PC so wrong? “It matters because a political candidate who believes she is speaking for 1/2 of the popn when she's actually voicing the opinions of 1/5 is likely to lose the next election.”
Americans of all races hate PC culture - The Atlantic
Americans Strongly Dislike Political Correctness Culture: Youth isn’t a good proxy for support of political correctness, and race isn’t either via
I think it’s pretty clear now that the monolithic America. Left is just a few annoying people on twitter and some other places who are outnumbered about 11 to 1. Stop trying to scare me with that.
So, who does like political correctness? Rich white people.
Don't like PC culture -- you're not alone. Speak up and don't be bullied!
Not surprisingly, has the best distillation I’ve read of the study showing most people are opposed to PC culture.
Looks like I’m not the only person thinking about this today.