Does Diversity Make Whites Vote Republican?

by Steve Sailer

November 23, 2000

Are white people living in states with lots of minorities more favorable toward multiculturalism than people living in all white states? Supporters of affirmative action frequently argue "Yes," claiming that exposure to other races makes whites more supportive of "diversity." This theory is commonly cited to justify affirmative action.

Yet, results from the Presidential election suggest a more complex and unsettling reality: It depends in part on which minority is doing the diversifying. Whites living in states with large numbers of Asians tend to vote liberally, while whites from states with large black populations tend to vote conservatively. The impact of Hispanics seems to fall in between.

In states with lots of Asians, whites did indeed vote solidly for the candidates of the Left -- Al Gore and Ralph Nader. In states with lots of blacks, however, whites tended to favor the candidates of the Right -- George W. Bush and Pat Buchanan.

Bush carried seven of the nine blackest states in the Union due to white solidarity. For example, Bush won Mississippi, the state with the highest percentage of blacks, by retaining 81% of white vote.

Liberal views can often flourish when there are few blacks around. Bush and Gore split evenly the 16 states with the lowest percentage of blacks.

Nader flourished in states where blacks are no more than five percent of the population, winning 4.1 percent. In contrast, where blacks are ten percent or more, Nader garnered only 2.0 percent. In states where Nader scored above his nationwide percentage of 2.7%, blacks comprised only 8% of the population. Where Nader was less popular than average, blacks made up almost 15% of the population.

Steve Sailer (www.iSteve.com) is a columnist for VDARE.com and the film critic for The American Conservative.

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