politiku

Racism is alive and well and everyday in America

A new Reuters/Ipsos poll [March-June 2016] paints a particularly depressing picture of the U.S. electorate’s opinions on race . . .  Pollsters interviewed 16,000 Americans . . . 

Roughly one-third of Trump supporters described blacks as less “intelligent” than whites, compared with about one-fifth of Clinton supporters who did the same. Among all respondents, 22.5 percent suggested whites were smarter than blacks.

40 percent of Trump supporters described blacks as more “lazy” than whites, compared with one-quarter of Clinton supporters who did the same. Among all respondents, 26.8 percent suggested whites were harder working than blacks.

44 percent of Trump supporters described blacks as more “rude” than whites, compared with 30 percent of Clinton supporters who did the same. Among all respondents, 31.3 percent said whites were more well mannered than blacks.

Nearly half of all Trump supporters described blacks as more “violent” than whites, compared with nearly one-third of Clinton supporters who did the same. Among all respondents, 32.8 percent said whites were less violent than blacks.

Nearly half of all Trump supporters described blacks as more “criminal” than whites, compared with nearly one-third of Clinton supporters who did the same. Among all respondents, 33.2 percent said whites were more lawful than blacks.

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What’s particularly meaningful for me is that this unambiguous racism is expressed so clearly and strongly even by so many liberal Democratic voters.

Where is our society going?  Can’t we start moving away from prejudice based on skin color alone?  Have the social policies of the past fifty years made so little difference?  This is the virulent face of intersectional oppression.  

Can we really move forward on how we treat people of color within the States when the States, including our Black president, keeps treating people of color and non-European descent in Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, and American Samoa with such contempt?  The argument that Guam needs the U.S. to stay modern and advanced is this racist worldview, and I see it crudely expressed around me all the time.  Pacific people are less “advanced” than European people.  Less air conditioning.  

air conditioning is still relatively rare across most of Europe (Slate, 2015)

Some of these days there don’t seem to be many answers.  

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