Is racism on the rise? More Americans say it’s a ‘big problem’

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More Americans Think Racism Is A ‘Big Problem’ In Society: Survey.

A new nationwide poll conducted by CNN and the Kaiser Family Foundation revealed that 49 percent of Americans think racism is a “big problem” in society today, CNN reported Tuesday. The video takes viewers into the world of a teen, “and shows what they have to go through every day,” said Diversity Center board member Tony Weber, whose company, Goldfarb Weber, produced the video. Sixty-six percent of blacks and 64 percent of Hispanics said racism was a big problem, according to the poll, while only 43 percent of whites said the same. The video then makes an 180-degree turn, showing the same students as they respond to a new question: What is the best thing anyone has ever called you?

While 64 percent Hispanics and 66 percent blacks believe discrimination on the basis of race is a pressing issue, 43 percent whites expresse the same. Results for the full sample have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points; for results based on African-Americans or Hispanics, it is plus or minus 6 percentage points. But when acts of hate do happen, we teach not only that we must respond, but that we must respond in a way that is consistent with the best instincts and values of our humanity.” Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, a professor of sociology at Duke University, describes the situation as “new racism.” He said, “After the 1960s and early 1970s, somehow we developed the mythology that systemic racism disappeared.” However, he also added, “The main problem nowadays is not the folks with the hoods, but the folks dressed in suits.” The findings of the poll, conducted between August 25 and October 3 this year, are based on the responses of 1,951 adults selected at random, the Huffington Post reports.

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