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Does Shared Social Disadvantage Cause Black–Latino Political Commonality?

  • Mackenzie L. Israel-Trummel (a1) and Ariela Schachter (a2)

Abstract

Shared social disadvantage relative to Whites is assumed to motivate inter-minority political behavior but we lack causal evidence. Using a survey experiment of 1,200 African Americans, we prompt respondents to consider group social position when evaluating political commonality with Latinos. The experiment describes racial disparities in a randomized domain (education or housing), varies the description of inequality (either Black versus White, Latino versus White, or Black and Latino versus White), and offers half of the respondents a political cue to test whether shared social disadvantage causes Blacks’ perceptions of political commonality with Latinos. We find little evidence of a causal relationship. We conclude that cross-racial minority political coalitions may be more difficult to activate than previously thought.

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We are grateful to Gary Segura for all of his help and support in pursuit of this project. We thank the participants at the 2016 Western Political Science Association meeting and the 2015 Midwest Political Science Association meeting for their helpful feedback. We are grateful to David Rudd Ross for his careful reading. We are thankful for the helpful feedback provided by the anonymous reviewers. We thank the Graduate Research Opportunity Fund at Stanford University and the Office of the Vice President for Research at the University of Oklahoma for providing funding for this project. This material is also based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. SES-1434303. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. The data, code, and any additional materials required to replicate all analyses in this article are available at the Journal of Experimental Political Science Dataverse within the Harvard Dataverse Network, at: doi:10.7910/DVN/E3ZSRO. Neither author has any conflicts of interest.

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Does Shared Social Disadvantage Cause Black–Latino Political Commonality?

  • Mackenzie L. Israel-Trummel (a1) and Ariela Schachter (a2)

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