According to a new poll, racism is a big problem for half of the US population, as responded by 49 percent of the interviewed subjects. Another 33 percent see it as ‘something of a problem’, 9 percent believe it is a small problem and 7 percent responded that it’s not a problem at all. The other 2 percent don’t know/don’t want to answer.
The ‘Survey of Americans on Race’ was conducted by CNN in partnership with the Kaiser Family Foundation. Both of them have funded the study and both participated in formulating the questionnaire.
The study took place between August 25 and October 3 and its goal was to show how the population of different ethnicity feel regarding discrimination, race relations, social and economic inequality and unfair treatment by the police.
The interviews were conducted on a relevant sample of 1,951 adults randomly selected. An oversample of 500 African Americans and 501 Hispanic Americans was added in order to make sure that all the major ethnicities are represented.
The results seem to reflect the state of the society, showing that racism is on the raise. A similar study ran in 1995 showed that only 41 percent of the population considered racism to be a big problem, while another poll, from 2011 showed that only 28 percent felt the same way.
The CNN-KFF study also revealed that among the white population, only 43 percent see racism as being a big problem. At the same time, 66 percent of the black respondents and 64 percent of Hispanic people interviewed consider racism to be a pressing issue.
This study comes after a year of protests by the Black Lives Matter movement and their allies, in response to the killings and brutally assaults of the police against more young black people. The BLM activists also protest to the crimes committed against people of color by far right-wingers of ‘white proud’ adepts.
Besides the obvious crimes and attacks targeting population of color in the United States, non-whites still face systemic discrimination in their daily lives, starting from access to education to getting a job and wage inequality.
Teen blacks are being bullied in school and even when they get access to higher education, they face racism in college campuses. African-American women are the social group at the most risk of marginalization and poverty.
All these show a climate of violence and discrimination that make racism a big problem in the USA, just as half of the society notices.
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