Part two of the interracial Cheerios commercial was released for the Super Bowl, and of course, it’s adorable.
Of course, this was seen as yet another opportunity to pointlessly race-bait by MSNBC, which released this now deleted tweet.
Eventually, MSNBC apologized which is a minor victory in itself.
But they didn’t apologize before they had pissed off a lot of interracial conservative families, prompting this twitter hashtag # MyRightWingBiracialFamily. That brings us round to the Volokh Conspiracy law blog, now run by the Washington Post. In the post, New Evidence on the political views of mixed-race adopted and step-families, they break down the data on mixed race families using the GSS data, one of the largest social science surveys on the US population. In fact some bloggers do nothing but mine the GSS data for interesting tidbits, so just about any sort of social science query on Americans can be teased out if you have patience and a familiarity with statistical methods.
I won’t keep you in suspense any longer. The gist is that there is virtually no statistical difference between liberal and conservative mixed race families.
“Thus, there is no evidence in the GSS data that Republican, conservative, or conservative Republicans who were living with step-children or adopted children were less likely to live in mixed-race households than Democrats, liberals, liberal Democrats, or moderate Democrats in adopted or step-families. Indeed, in each instance the point estimates for living in a mixed-race household were insignificantly higher for the right side of the spectrum than for the left side. “
This is not really a surprise, unless of course you work at MSNBC.