Intolerant Whites Prefer Authoritarian Rule
Intolerant Whites Prefer Authoritarian Rule If Democratic Rule Means Granting Rights to Minorities
According to a new study based on data from 1995 to 2011, racially intolerant whites reject democracy in favor of authoritarian rule when democracy means more rights for historically marginalized groups.
The history of America is one of democracy for white male landowners and enslavement for Black people, with the latter struggling for the rights enshrined in the Constitution through protest and bloodshed. As marginalized and disenfranchised groups have fought to broaden the scope of who enjoys the benefits and rights of citizenship, they have been met with blowback and regressive policies, including violence from white America. The rise of Donald Trump and “Make America Great Again” reflects the level of white resistance to progress on the part of Black, Latino and other people. A new study delves into the thought process and political motivations of whites who resist.