Since the unexpected outcome of the 2016 election, there has been substantial scholarly and public debate about the factors shaping the support for and rise of Trump. Today, we discuss the sociology behind voting behavior and the role of race in politics by interviewing Dr. Ryan Jerome LeCount, an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology at Hamline University. We begin the interview by learning more about Dr. LeCount (27:20) and his interest in studying race and politics (30:10). We then turn to his research and discuss the distinction between racism and racial resentment (36:52), the role of social-psychology and personality in the rise of racial resentment over the past 30 years (45:15), and how racial attitudes shape support for or opposition to public policy (52:00). We then have a conversation about the relationship between race, politics, and criminal justice by discussing Dr. LeCount's research exploring the racial attitudes of Black and White police officers (1:00:00). We close by discussing strategies for tackling potentially controversial conversations in our current political climate (1:10:15), the 2020 Democratic primary (1:17:45), and Dr. LeCount's upcoming research (1:24:43).
Other Topics Include:
00:30 - Catch up with Ty and Daphne
04:55 - BhD "Oh Lawd" News
25:42 - Introduction of the Topic
49:20 - Social Dominance Orientation and Politics
1:07:30 - The Police Response to His Research
1:31:44 - Ty and Daphne Reflect on the Interview
For this episode, Ty and Daphne discuss life, recent news, and politics. After catching up (00:30), the hosts discuss "Oh Lawd" news (03:34), including a mass layoff over Christmas break (4:05), the increase in emergency room visits following the legalization of cannabis in Illinois (6:29), and a bizarre North Korea political crime (8:06). They then discuss recent pop culture debates about love, marriage, and cheating. Specifically, they have a conversation about Mike Tyson's comments on interracial dating (10:04), Loni Love's remarks about cheating among Black men (21:45), the data related to race and faithfulness in relationships (28:25), the factors behind racial differences in marriage rates (33:30), and how gender roles shape marriage satisfaction and divorce (41:34). Ty and Daphne then switch gears by discussing health and the best and worst diets of 2020 (49:42). Next, the hosts have a conversation about the British royal family drama (56:00) as well as Meghan Markle's self-identification and the role of race in her treatment in the British press (58:30). Ty and Daphne wrap up the episode by sharing their thoughts on millennials' limited upward mobility (1:04:30), the latest developments related to the Democratic primary (1:10:15), and tensions between the US and Iran following Trump's decision to authorize Soleimani's killing (1:15:32).