How Much Does Race Still Matter?

From Opinionator, New York Times blog: 
I called Tesler up to ask him to ask him how his findings jibed with Goldman’s demonstration of declining prejudice. He said that Goldman’s work found that “the effects were very small.” Tesler remains convinced that since Obama emerged as the Democratic nominee in the summer of 2008, “all racial measures are increasing in importance” and that divisions between blacks and whites are increasing. He does not hold back. “Obama,” he told me, “has had a negative effect on racial polarization.” [read more]