Ethnicity: Watch Out For Wisians

Watch Out For Wisians

Once you let the Wisians in, the neighborhood goes to pot. That might be one conclusion of a study of polling data on ethnic attitudes sponsored by the American Jewish Committee. About 1,500 Americans were asked to rank the social standing of 58 groups, from Italians to Chinese. "Wisians" were added as a fictitious entry to help gauge the responses.

While 61% of the respondents said they didn't know enough about Wisians to rank them, the rest expressed no qualms about giving them a relatively low rating: 4.12 on a 9-point social scale. "Many people ranked them low because they thought...

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