Canada, stereotypes, and the ugly truth?

Dave Long dl at silcom.com
Fri Dec 5 10:41:42 PST 2003



> >  "All stereotypes turn out to be true. This is a horrifying thing
> >  about life. All those things you fought against as a youth: you begin
> >  to realize they're stereotypes because they're true."
>
> Especially about those Negroes. No kidding.

Were one to doubt political conflict
is nastier when class and ethnicity
are strongly correlated, it would be
a good idea to take a look at:

Yang, "Cleavage Patterns and Social Conflict: A Theory with an
Application to Political Conflict over Fiscal Policy"
<http://emlab.berkeley.edu/users/webfac/bardhan/e271_f03/yang.pdf>

After all, in the courtroom scene in
_To Kill a Mockingbird_, we find the
prosecuting counsel mocking the idea
that a black man would feel sorry for
a poor white stuck with a white trash
father.  He (at least professionally)
cannot admit that class and ethnicity
are not correlated in this instance, 
not even between father and daughter.

-Dave


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