Opinion: How Racist Is Trump’s Republican Party?

The powerful tendency of Democrats to perceive racism has a significant, if unintended, adverse effect on minority candidates seeking to be nominated in Democratic primaries, according to a new study, “Perceptions of Explicit Prejudice and Electability.” The authors, three social psychologists, Brett Mercier and Jared B. Celniker at the University of California-Irvine, and Azim F. Shariff of the University of British Columbia, write that Democrats underestimate “the percentage of Americans who say they would vote for presidential candidates from disadvantaged groups.”