Originally posted by silencer
How racist is america was the question asked by CNN in its poll. According to the results, 49% of black people said it was a serious problem while
only 18% white people considered the same.
I find these results interesting. I'm not arguing
with the results as I have no means to know any better, more questioning them. But I would
like to see more specific information about how the poll was conducted and what the questions were...
And as a woman, if I saw a poll that asked if women get paid less than men, I'd be inclined to vote yes. In general, a man, seeing the same poll,
be inclined to vote no.
That would tell very little about what the truth of the matter is.
Secondly, as a white person, I know that racism is alive and well in America
, and I also know that many white people either deny that fact or
really don't know about it. So those people would vote that racism is dead or whatever. I have also encountered many black people with a chip on
thier shoulders about racism and interpret every negative action in life as some form of racism meted out to them by whitey. So whether they
experience true racism or not, they would vote that it was a serious problem.
Thirdly, this poll seems
to deal just with white-on-black racism. I'm not sure about that since I haven't seen the poll, but generally
when people think of racism, they think of white people as the ones with the 'racist' behavior. I'd like to see the same people's answers to a
black-on-white or white-on-arab racism...
I guess my main thought here is that while the poll indicates something
, I'm not sure how accuate it is. I'm sure that more black people see
and experience racism than white people and I'm sure that more white people deny or are ignorant about racism than black people, but I don't trust
the numbers on this poll for the reasons given. I think if we all talked
about it more (which is another problem entirely) that those numbers
(18% and 49%) would come much closer together.