"People of Color? The Political Origins and Consequences of a New Identity"
Efren Perez, UCLA
Abstract: I theorize that identifying as a person of color (POC-ID) is politically meaningful across U.S. racial and ethnic minorities. To this end, I develop a framework clarifying the psychology behind POC-ID, tracing its origins to heightened diversity against a backdrop of persistent intergroup disparities. I test my framework with three parallel survey experiments on African American, Asian American, and Latino adults (N=3,600). I find that POC-ID can be reliably measured and empirically distinguished from racial and national identity among African Americans, Asian Americans, and Latinos. Across these minority groups, individual differences in POC-ID are independently associated in meaningful ways with a host of outcomes that include expressed solidarity with people of color and policy preferences. Finally, my experiment shows that POC-ID is a highly accessible and politicized attachment that yields more similar opinions among distinct minority groups. These results deepen our knowledge of intergroup politics in an increasingly diverse nation.
The American Politics Speaker Series (APSS) is organized by Prof. Jon Rogowski and Prof. Maya Sen, and sponsored by the Center for American Political Studies, Harvard Department of Government, and the Kennedy School.
This talk is free and open to the public.