1/n Two interesting findings thus far from my analysis of Pew's March 2020 COVID-19 survey. First, white (and especially 'very') liberals are far more likely than all other ideological-racial subgroups to report being diagnosed with a mental health condition. Image
2/n Somewhat surprisingly, this difference further grows when we add standard controls Image
3/n We next turn to mean responses to this battery, which asks about the frequency at which respondents experienced specific mental health issues over the previous 7 days Image
4/n The differences are more modest here, but still significant ImageImage
5/n They are also robust to several potential confounds (e.g. job loss, pay-cuts, marital status) Image
6/n However, entering the 'mental health diagnosis' variable into the model does (perhaps naturally) narrow the difference. Image
7/n In other words, at least some of the differences in the covid-mental health battery between white liberals and others are accounted for by the former's higher likelihood of being diagnosed with a mental health condition.
8/n It's possible that the disparities in self-reported diagnosis are simply or partly a function of white liberals being more likely to seek mental health evaluations. I don't have the data to answer this question. But given that they also tend to score higher on neuroticism..
9/n (and, not to mention, score lower on life satisfaction/happiness), I think at least some of this difference is genuine.
10/n I didn't write this thread to mock white liberals or their apparently disproportionate rates of mental illness (and you shouldn't either). Rather, this is a question that's underexplored and which may shed light on attitudinal differences towards various social policies.
11/n Overall, and with one exception (white moderates), those in 18-29 age group are more likely to report being diagnosed with a mental health condition. The differences among white liberals, though, are striking: almost half of white liberals in this cohort report a diagnosis. Image
12/n @jean_twenge would like to get your thoughts on this. I know you've studied some of these trends.
13/n Big 5 personality profiles for white libs who report/don't report receiving a mental health condition diagnosis. Image
14/n One of the things that concern me about liberal social engineering and norm-promotion efforts is that they ostensibly cater to those who are emotionally fragile or those with specific personality profiles. Those with different personality profiles or have higher emotional..
15/n stability are just expected to shut up and deal with it.
16/n Some of you asked for it, so here is the last chart broken down by gender. Biggest gap within age x ideological groups is between white liberal men (33.6%) and women (56.3%) in the 18-29 category Image
17/n Link to original dataset pewsocialtrends.org/dataset/covid-…

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1/n Ah, forgot to give an update: I successfully defended my dissertation (in fact, fwiw, my committee members thought so much of it that they are nominating me for a best doctoral dissertation award), so I guess I’m now a ‘doctor’ 🤷‍♂️
2/n The years of research/work I put into this dissertation will now serve as the basis for many of the articles (and ultimately the book) I’ll be writing in the months and years ahead. Tl;dr of dissertation: White guilt and shame are central to..
3/n …to white racial liberalism (aka ‘wokeness’). In their absence, white racial attitudes would be far more conservative (note: my dissertation is completely agnostic on whether these emotions are ‘good’ or should be ‘encouraged’. I have my own normative position, but you..)
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1/n Someone asked me to compile these data, but I'll share them here as well: top 10 unarmed (i.e., no lethal weapon found) white vs. black deaths at the hands of police in terms of ProQuest news article search results Image
2/n Had to create separate graphs because a single graph would have obscured the bars for white victims (as below) Image
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1/2 The Mapping Police Violence database counts many cases in which off-duty police officers (for instance) murder their families or lovers (and each family member is counted as a separate victim). I mean..I get that these acts were committed by police officers. But are they.. ImageImage
2/2 ...but can they *really* be reasonably construed* as cases of lethal police force? I call bullshit.
3/2 Hell, even *accidental* off-duty shootings are counted: "Miller's husband accidentally shot her in the head when he was cleaning his gun. She was 22 weeks pregnant, and the child died after an emergency c-section. The killing was ruled accidental."
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1/n To update an older thread , after decades of relative stability, tolerance for racist speech continues to plummet, particularly among white liberals. Tolerance among white conservatives, meanwhile, has remained relatively stable.
2/n Combined scale
3/n By party
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3 Nov
1/n and white Democrats have retaken the lead !!! (*crowd goes wild*)
2/n Caveat: the General Social Survey shifted its methodology (to online polling) in response to COVID, which means it's more difficult to determine the extent that the 2018 vs. 2021 figures represent actual opinion change (vs. bias introduced by the new methodology). However..
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1/n Unless this is sampling bias, some signs that the Awokening has stalled--particularly among white independents. For instance, the share of white indeps that 'agreed' with the statement below *doubled* (33%->66%) between May and June (vs 59%->73% for white Reps).
2/n In contrast, the Awokening (at least on this question) persists among white Dems, with agreement *falling* (and disagreement increasing) 25%->14% across this same period.
3/n Similarly, the share that 'agree' that prejudice and discrimination holds back minorities fell nearly 25 points among white indeps (34%->9.2%) and 16 points mong white Republicans (31.7%->16.1%). Curiously, we also see a decline among white Dems (80.9%->64.7%)
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