White Americans see rise in discrimination against them: Poll
White Americans see that discrimination is on the rise against them in the United States.
Over 30% of White Americans see that discrimination against White people has increased more over the past five years than it has against any other racial group, a poll conducted by the University of Maryland’s Critical Issues Poll showed on Friday.
30.1% of White respondents said White Americas faced "a lot more" discrimination, University of Maryland researchers said in an article for The Conversation. A similar amount - but less - of White respondents (28.9%) said Asian Americans experienced "a lot more" discrimination over the past five years.
Only 21.7% of White respondents noted that there has been a rise in discrimination against Jewish Americans, 20.4% against Black Americans, 19.7% against Muslim Americans, and 14.7% against Latino Americans, the researchers said.
In contrast, 53.2% of Black respondents, on the other hand, saw that Black Americans have faced "a lot more discrimination" over the past five years. 38.9% of Black respondents said the same about Asian Americans, 33.3% about Latino Americans, 29.3% about Muslim Americans, 23.7% about Jewish Americans, and 13% about white Americans.
In contrast, a Washington Post-Ipsos poll found in late May that 75% of Black Americans are worried about racially motivated physical attacks (32% are "very worried", while 43% are "somewhat worried"). Meanwhile, according to Newsweek, only 8% of respondents indicated they are "not at all worried."
The poll surveyed 806 Black adults and was published on Saturday, a week after a neo-Nazi teen committed a mass shooting in Buffalo that left 10 Black individuals dead, dubbed by the US President as "domestic terrorism."
According to the poll, 27% of Black Americans believe "half" of white people share white supremacist ideals, while 35% believe "most" white people do. However, 8% of respondents stated that "very few" white Americans believe in white supremacy.
Meanwhile, according to the study, 75% of Black Americans believe white supremacists are a "major threat" and 66% believe white supremacy is a bigger problem now than it was five years ago.
According to the Post-Ipsos poll, additional causes leading to hate crimes include a lack of tolerance in schools, mental health difficulties, a lack of personal links to Black people or television news, and "blaming Black people for their problems."