Political Science, Department of


Date of this Version

January 2004


Published in AMERICAN POLITICS RESEARCH, Vol. 32 No. 1, January 2004, 102-116. Copyright © 2004 Sage Publications. Used by permission.


In recent years, there has been a dearth of literature documenting a relationship between old-fashioned racism and the vote for a racially conservative candidate or White opposition to various racial policies. In fact, a number of scholars have argued that a new racism has supplanted the old-fashioned racism. Analysis of a survey of college students in the state of Mississippi reveals that old-fashioned racism provides the strongest explanation of White support for the Mississippi state flag. These findings are startling given the educational levels of the respondents.