The Unexpected Impact of Coded Appeals

… [R]ecent research by political scientists … suggests that racial and cultural anxieties actually have their greatest political influence on better-educated whites. …

So why is racial animus more politicized among well-educated whites? The simple answer is that education imparts social and political knowledge that prepares people to better read the signals provided by political leaders and the mass media. [cont.]

Christopher Federico, Howard Lavine, Christopher Johnston (NYT)