In a recent poll conducted by Rasmussen Reports on race issues in America, the polling company comes to an astounding conclusion. A majority of Americans think that blacks are more racist than whites or Hispanics.
In fact, even a full 31% of African Americans believe blacks to be more racist.
Interestingly, the poll numbers seem to split more closely along party lines than racial ones.
“Overall, just 30% of all Americans now rate race relations in the United States as good or excellent. Fourteen percent (14%) describe them as poor. Twenty-nine percent (29%) think race relations are getting better, while 32% believe they are getting worse. Thirty-five percent (35%) feel they are staying about the same.”
37% of Americans believe blacks to be the most racist, while 15% consider whites the most racist, and 18% consider Hispanics most racist.
Conservatives are much more likely to say that blacks are racist, while liberals are more likely to believe that whites are racist.
The topic has come up more in the public conversation in recent days because of the coverage of the George Zimmerman murder trial. Some pundits worry that a misstep in the handlings of the trial could lead to racial violence, with Rush Limbaugh most recently saying that the media was, “… agitating for riots already. The media sees it imploding. So they’re looking for any positive news they can and they’re finding it in Obama delaying the implementation of the best piece of legislation the world has ever known.”
Fox News’ Greg Gutfeld recently called the media out during a round table discussion on his show “the Five,” for working the racism angle too hard in the initial reporting on the Zimmerman case: “the media right now is on trial for those first three to four months after this crime occurred, of all of the race-based content they ran with, without facts, but emotion, because it created ratings.”
Whatever has caused the recent racial tension being discussed in the media, the greater question is how do we get past it?
America has grown by leaps and bounds in the area of racial equality and racial cohesion, but there are still steps to take to make sure that cases like the Zimmerman trial don’t set us back twenty years.