The owner of the LA Clippers doesn’t care to associate with blacks even though black players earn him many millions of dollars. Sort of reminiscent of plantation economics.
Psychologists refer to that state of mind as abstract psychological distancing and the theory states that the more power one has over others, the less personhood one sees in subordinates.
The title of one doctoral dissertation on this topic may help understand the theory: “You focus on the forest when you’re in charge of the trees.” The abstract reads: Elevated power increases the psychological distance one feels from others, and this distance, according to construal level theory, should lead to more abstract information processing.
Powerful people deal in abstracts while powerless people deal in holistic thinking. Powerlessness would force people to attend more closely to social context and to others’ needs and wishes-threads of socialism.
People with power were more likely to affirm stereotypes about lower-status groups – possibly because the powerful don’t see their inferiors as important enough to actually bother learning about them, as being more distant and processed information about them more abstractly.
Clearly therefore, the Construal Level Theory is a catalyst in politics as well. I suggest that it operates in bigotry as well. Altogether, it helps us understand the mind of the right-wing both in and outside of the voting booth. Assumed superiority is a powerful psychological force.