Discrimination comes from the left, not from the right
So-called liberals discriminate more often than conservatives.
Several studies done in recent years show personality traits associated with the political left and right may not be as clear-cut as one would expect. Research found that conservatives, not liberals, tend to be less biased when dealing with others, TownHall reports.
Cory Clark, Ph.D. summarized these studies of social and personality psychology: “These results suggest that we cannot assume that liberals, since they are more egalitarian than conservatives, treat individuals and groups equally. They don’t. “
Clark details how bias or unequal treatment between groups is measured in general. She explains that scientists present nearly identical, if not absolutely identical, stimuli to study participants and simply change a piece of accompanying descriptive information, such as: presenting identical résumés but changing the sex, age or race of the hypothetical applicants. In this way, direct conclusions can be drawn about how changes in the descriptive details affect the treatment of a group.
The results of Clark’s study showed that liberals treated groups equally less often than not, mostly depending on the perceived social status of those in the group.
For example, one study compared how liberals and conservatives reacted to jokes about low-status groups versus jokes about high-status groups. The results showed that conservatives found both groups to be similarly funny, while liberals found jokes about low-status groups significantly less funny.
Another study found that when identical passages were presented, one depicting the low-status groups unfavorably and one depicting the high-status groups unfavorable, conservatives were more likely to advocate censorship between the two passages, while liberals were more likely to censor the passage that depicted the low status groups unfavorably.
Other research found that white liberals consider themselves less competent when they are with black partners than with white partners, while conservatives see themselves as similar to both groups.
Another analysis focused on recruiting successful athletes on Twitter and found that liberals were more likely to share the achievements of female and black athletes, while conservatives were more likely to treat the achievements of all groups more similarly.
While Clark admits that “these findings are far from comprehensive,” her analysis of the data presented appears to point to a fundamental difference between the way liberals and conservatives conceptualize “equality.”