Racially biased people are far more likely to oppose black athletes’ protests. Here’s the evidence.

Last year, Colin Kaepernick, then the quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, was heavily criticized for kneeling instead of standing during the national anthem. The protest was on behalf of the Black Lives Matter movement. …

Decades of research on public opinion has found that negative racial attitudes are strongly correlated with white public opinion, particularly when the perceived targets or beneficiaries of a policy change are African Americans. … We wanted to find out whether white Americans support athletes’ rights to protest the national anthem in the abstract, not just in Kaepernick’s case. CONT.

Tatishe M. Nteta, Brian Schaffner & Matthew C. MacWilliams (UMass), Monkey Cage