Most Americans say Black people face discrimination in US: Poll

2021-03-22 17:59:06
Most Americans say Black people face discrimination in US: Poll

Most Americans say that Blacks, Hispanics and Asians in the United States face discrimination, according to a survey published Thursday by the Pew Research Center.

The new survey shows that 80% of Americans believe there is "some" or "a lot" of discrimination against Black people, 76% say the same about Hispanic people, while 70% hold the same view about Asian people.

Pew said it conducted the survey between March 1 and March 7, before the killings of six Asian women in the Atlanta area this week.

Participants were asked to mark how much discrimination different ethnic groups -- Black people, Hispanic people, White people and Asian people -- faced, either "a lot," "some," "only a little" or "none at all."

Nearly half of respondents, 46%, said Black people face "a lot" of discrimination -- a number that has gone up from 2017, when only 39% of respondents said the same.

About 30% of respondents said Hispanic people face "a lot" of discrimination, and 27% said the same about Asian people.

For Hispanic people, that number has gone down from 2017, when 34% said they face "a lot" of discrimination. Pew did not provide previous data regarding discrimination against Asian people.

Parameters for what constituted "a lot" of discrimination versus "some" discrimination were not specified by Pew.

The data comes after a wave of racial reckoning in the US following the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor last year, as well as in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has disproportionately affected Black and brown people.

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