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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+) pres.

THE COLOR OF OUR SKIN AND THE CONTENT OF OUR POLITICS: EXPLORING THE EFFECTS OF SKIN TONE ON POLICY PREFERENCES AMONG AFRICAN AMERICANS

Vincent L. Hutchings, Professor, U of M

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Dr. Hutchings is Hanes Walton Jr. collegiate Professor of Political Science and Afroamerican and African Studies and a Research Professor at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. He received his Ph.D. in 1997 from the University of California, Los Angeles. In 2003, he published Public Opinion and Democratic Accountability, from Princeton University Press. In 2012, he was elected as a Fellow to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Scholars have established that darker-skinned African Americans have lower incomes, encounter more discrimination, and have poorer health outcomes than lighter-skinned Blacks. However, it is unclear whether skin color is associated with political views. We revisit this question by relying on survey data from the 2012 American National Election Study (ANES). We find significant skin tone related differences among Blacks on economic redistribution, explicitly racial policies, and support for racial stereotypes.

This is the lastof a six-lecture series. The subject is The African American Experience.
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  • $10 for an individual lecture, payable at the door, checks preferred. $30 for the entire lecture series. $20 OLLI membership required.
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