Race and racism are never easy topics to discuss, and good reasons exist for this fact. Some people do tend to get so emotional about the subject that the discussion becomes a rash of rhetoric.

On a liberally inclined campus like UCSB, said rhetoric always amounts to the “evils of whitey” and then turns into yet another round of a game I call, “Let’s blame the Republicans.” But the biggest reason for limited discussions on race and racism simply has to do with the fact that people will deny that they can be racist. It is an ugly title, but it escapes no ethnic group.

Several years ago in New York, a study was done to examine how race affects the political selection process of different racial and ethnic groups. When the results came in, some interesting trends emerged. The study, with the usual error margin of