Tapping the GSS from 2000 onward for contemporary relevance, the percentage of black men who agree/strongly agree that there are times when it is necessary to discipline a child with a “good, hard spanking”: 86.4%. The percentage of white liberals who concur is 52.3%, and among liberal white women is just 47.4%. Among conservative whites, the figure is 80.9%.
Like Michael Vick and dog fighting, this is another pop culture illustration of the Black Rednecks and White Liberals phenomenon in action.
I was listening to a podcast the other day where Jack Donovan remarked in passing that so much of the airtime surrounding the NFL doesn’t have anything to do with the game of football. Instead, it is devoted to a set of mixed gender ‘analysts’ gossiping about the personal lives of players. Women buy Tostitos, too, after all!
Parenthetically, here’s some deeper delving into attitudes on spanking from a few years ago.
GSS variables used: RACECEN1(1)(2), POLVIEWS(1-2)(6-7), SEX, YEAR(2000-2012)