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@kazetnagorra said(KazetNagorra replied to Wajoma.)
Daniel Kahneman's popular-scientific book Thinking, Fast and Slow (which I highly recommend) describes our current understanding of how people make decisions.
One kind of decision-making process is known as substitution, and it is closely related to the Dunning-Kruger effect. It works as follows: when people are faced with a difficult decision requiring ...[text shortened]... or Republican?", "which candidate do I (dis)like?" or "how do I feel about immigrants/minorities?"
"... when people are faced with a difficult decision requiring information or
knowledge they do not possess, they will often (subconsciously) replace the
question they are pondering by a loosely related, but simpler question."
I have observed a similar effect about the common misinterpretation of my posts here.
When (as is common) people lack the reading comprehension or background of
knowledge needed to understand and reply intelligently to what I write, they
typically prefer to attack something apparently loosely related (at most) and
much simpler that they fantasize (based on their prejudices) that I believe.
So when I write a balanced nuanced criticism (often quoting some white Americans)
of American racism, many, if not most, white Americans here (being stupid and
prejudiced) love to 'reply' while clinging tightly to heir cherished meme of
'Duchess64 hates all white people' or 'Duchess64 hates all Americans'.