Contemporary Racism (Online Writing)

Published September 9, 2014 by djlwsu

In 2011, a study found that ” just 16 percent of whites believe that there is a lot of discrimination in America today, compared to 59 percent of African-Americans and 22 percent of Latinos.”  In the space below, I want you to speculate and reflect on  these varied numbers. Use course readings to help.  Provide specifics in terms definition of racism, what is/isn’t being seen, and why.  Use specifics and evidence (explain why) as to these very different numbers.  Create a list of at least 5 reasons.  Remember 300-500 words (and should be closer to 500 than 300)

Last day to participate October 7


19 comments on “Contemporary Racism (Online Writing)

  • 1. I think one of the biggest reasons why only 16% of whites say there is discrimination is that whites don’t want to acknowledge racism or inequalities. Whites may say there is no discrimination so they can just brush the issue away and ignore it either because “we are tired of talking about it” or don’t want to be labeled a racist while talking about race. I imagine that the 16% of whites that agree it exists are advocates for equality. People in general don’t like to change, and if white people admit discrimination exists then white people may have to change themselves or work towards change. So if someone asks white people if discrimination exists they will either agree or deny it and deny change.

    2. Only 22% of Latinos acknowledge discrimination in this survey, perhaps because Latinos see/are themselves in a different “boat” so to speak than blacks. Some Latino people can be passed/seen as white people, as shown in class when we attempted to identify various people. Latinos haven’t had the same negative history in the US as blacks have had. So while some Latinos may experience discrimination. The vast majority it seems to be content with the way they are treated and the way others are treated since they don’t experience or witness discrimination nearly on the same level as perhaps blacks experience and witness.

    3. I believe population location has a great deal with what people may say about
    discrimination. Whites living in an upper class white neighborhood will not acknowledge discrimination. Latinos living in the SW United States may not see or experience the same levels of discrimination that blacks see in the SE United States. People that live in areas that are both white and black populated will probably be more likely to witness and experience discrimination and say it exists. The city of Ferguson experiences discrimination on an extreme level and is almost entirely black with some whites, but the police force is mainly white. So where you live and the population around you definitely affects where or not you experience/believe racism exists.

    4. A majority of African Americans say discrimination exists still which isn’t surprising. Considering that the US prison system is mostly blacks. A majority of the people living below the poverty line in the US are colored people as well, these people are seeing the long term effects of discrimination and can easily acknowledge it. Look at the uproar caused by the Travon or other recent shootings and a majority of blacks are upset by the discrimination among police.

    5. The remaining 41% of blacks that don’t say discrimination is a puzzle to me. I would think that at one point or another a African American would experience discrimination. But perhaps if you’re African American and you grow up in a mainly black neighborhood and you never really interact with white people, like some densely black populated areas. Then they might believe that discrimination doesn’t exist because they can’t realize/experience discrimination towards them.


    • First off, your interpretation was pretty good, I just do not know if I would agree with that most whites just saying there is no discrimination because they are “tired” of it. I honestly do believe that only 16% of actually believe discrimination exist. Mostly because they do not know about it because the majority of black and white populations are distanced because of segregation during the 1940’s and so on.
      What you said about Latinos I believe was spot on. It really made me rethink what I wrote. So was everything else. I believe you did a great job interpreting the readings and using it to answer this question.


  • Race has and will always be an ongoing issue in the United States. It is no secret that whites have always had an advantage looking back in our nation’s history. I am not surprised by the results of this survey. As we defined in class, race is a social and political category that signifies and symbolizes social conflicts. Race is something we are taught when we are young. Black people were slaves, and whites were rich and dint have to do any work. Times have changed, but racism still exist.
    I took a while thinking about the numbers presented in the question. After I thought for a while I decided that these numbers are accurate to what I would have predicted them to be. I grew up in a small town which was almost all white. Because of this I never fully understood what race was, I was just told about all the horrible things that had happened to blacks. Now at WSU I am exposed to many different people of all different races. Since taking this class I can better understand better that race is not necessarily a scientific theory. What shocked me the most was the fifty-eight percent of African-Americans that feel there is racism. What are they seeing that I don’t? Finally the Latinos, even though Latinos can still easily be told apart from whites, their history in our nation is not as severe as the African Americans.
    Racism is difficult to understand because it is grouping people into categories that they may not even be associated with. Racial categories are constantly changing. One example of this that I was able to take from class is the census. Every ten years when the census comes out the different categories for race change. Race cannot always be seen. For example the win tribe. The win was a mix of both black and whites. The reason they were called the win tribe is because they appeared to look white.
    Taking a look back at the server responses, one reason there is such variation in the numbers is because white might not want to be labeled as racist. Instead of calling themselves a racist, they refuse to acknowledge the face that racism exist at all. A second reason that the numbers are so different from each other may also be that African-Americans have the stereotype of being a criminal or poor. I am not denying theses stereotypes, if these were stereotypes of my race I would be ashamed as well. Another reason these statistics may be is because whites don’t wasn’t to talk about racism so they just ignore the fact that is still a contemporary issue. Also Latinos are a minority race and may still feel inferior to whites that would explain the twenty two percent of Latinos that believe racism still exist. Finally I think we can all agree some racism still exist, so no matter what group you sample, some people in every group would agree that we are not a pot-racial country.


  • 1) As previously discussed in the first week of school, I believe that white people still do not want to admit on the advantages they have over other races in America. Which is why I believe that only 16% of the white population is acknowledging and admitting that a large amount of discrimination still exists in The United States today. The 16% of the people that does admit, are usually people who are willing to talk about the issue because of experiences that have occurred in their lives and are willing to try to make America a segregation free country.

    2) I believe one of the reasons why African Americans agree with discrimination existing still largely in America, is because of day to day circumstances they have to go through. Although discrimination is not too direct nowadays, things like stereotyping towards them still exists. Another reason they might feel this way is because the places they live. Like the passage in the book said, the rich only continue to get richer while the poor usually stay poor. Also the places where African Americans live in big cities are usually referred to as “the projects” or “the hood.” Those places are places composed of mostly African Americans where someone that would be white, would be definitely hard to find.

    3) One of the reasons why African Americans would not be able to identify discrimination, might be because they don’t experience it face to face. Probably it is an indirect way of discrimination. I have noticed that African Americans also like any other race, interacts mostly with their people, and for example from the movie, there are large communities occupied by mainly African Americans which allows them to stay and do stuff in their community without leaving areas populated with other races, which excludes them from being discriminated.

    4) As where Latinos feel discrimination is also an issue, I believe they are also correct. The reason that may be is because of the jobs they encounter in America. For example there is a lot of non documented Latinos in America which the only possible job they can encounter is the fields. I agree that is the only solution for them, but for example there are graduate students that do not want to pursue a college education and they apply at a lot of places but the only “okay” place jobs that will hire them are factory jobs. Whereas I have seen white high school graduates apply for city jobs and acquire them without a college education as well.

    5) I also see that a lot of Latinos don’t seem to perceive discrimination in America is because somewhat they have really been acknowledged for hard work and have seen a lot of examples that if they perhaps go to school for a long time and work hard, good jobs won’t be too hard to land. Also the Latino population grows on the daily, it’s very often to feel comfortable with a lot of the people in this world knowing that there is a lot of people with the same skin color as yourself.


  • 1.Growing up in a mostly white community today, as a white girl, we are told that everyone is equal no matter what and whites are definitely treated that way. We all get the same number of swings on the swing set, the same snack time, and we all have a house to go home to. As we grow up, however, we learn that not everyone is living in the same kind of house, and not everyones parents are driving the same cars. The majority of the time, however, our (white) parents were packing us fancy lunches, or driving that nice bmw, and we think that it is just “fair.” I think that as little kids, we learn that “fair is equal” and we think that because our parents have a good job and earned their car that it’s fair that we have more than others, when it’s not.
    2.When asking people if they think “a lot” of discrimination exists today, I think the obvious result that we would get from this survey is that less whites would respond that there is a lot of discrimination. Because the majority of the time, discrimination is coming FROM whites and that makes whites who don’t discriminate feel defensive. As a white person, sometimes I feel at blame. My ancestors did awful things to people who are one hundred percent equal to me, and when i’m told that I am at fault for that, it makes me feel attacked, because it wasn’t me who did those things. Roithmayr (chapter 3) talks about racial cartels housing and how whites worked to keep blacks out of neighborhoods to keep property value up, if all whites are still held accountable for the, the defensiveness will only continue, because people today did not commit the same crimes.
    3.Adding onto that, whites do not want to feel responsible for something that they don’t understand. If we are being completely honest, a lot of white people just simply do not understand what it’s like to be discriminated against. We lead easier lives, apparently looking more innocent and less suspicious than people of color. So when someone is to say that whites discriminate more than other races, it almost makes people defensive because we are being accused of something that we don’t fully understand.
    4.Roithmayr (chapter 2) talks about “cheating at the starting line, and how racial advantage from the past continues to carry from generation to generation. If you look at the big picture, what racial gaps used to look like, and what they look like now, the closure of those gaps looks promising. Gaps have closed significantly, so this makes whites feel like they have done a lot to contribute to knocking down racial barriers. This is most likely the reason less whites said that they saw discrimination in our society, as opposed to what latinos and african americans have said.
    5.We all have problems in our lives. We all have bills to pay, traffic tickets that are given to us, dead end jobs that don’t pay enough. What whites don’t understand is that our problems are significantly smaller than those of color. today, African american drivers are 31% more likely to be pulled over by police than whites. The unemployment rate for latinos is much lower than for whites. Whites refuse to see discrimination because we generally have it easier. Lots of whites don’t want to believe that it’s there.


  • Race is defined as all the major divisions of humankind, having distinct physical characteristics. Of the Caucasian, African American, and Latino races, each have some belief that there is a lot of discrimination in American today. 16% of Caucasians, 59% of African Americans, and 22% of Latinos believe that discrimination is still an issue today. It is obvious that these distinct differences have altered the lives of many different races throughout history. Not only has it altered the lives of those people but also it has even altered the lives of those individuals’ families and racial category. I believe that discrimination is still a major concern in America today, which would mean that I am of that 16% of whites who believe so. I think those calculations are correct for five different reasons. I believe that Caucasians are the least susceptible to believing that there is a lot of discrimination in America today because they are scared to be labeled as racist. In life, it seems like the negative outcomes are more apparent and noticeable than are the positive outcomes, no matter what the subject may be. No matter how many times you may score a goal, people are going to hold that one foul against you…etc. Even though this could not fit for some certain circumstances, it is just like how the many white people who have impacted the racial gap in a positive way have to face the negativity by the negative ancestors and the few negative people who have taken after those very ancestors. Why isn’t that 16% higher than if many white people have helped to impact the racial gap in a positive way? They do not want to admit there is.
    59% of African Americans believe there is still a discrimination problem in America today, which is more than half. I think many people of African American ethnicity believe that discrimination is a problem because they have been broadly impacted throughout all of history. Do we ever see more pictures of “NO MEXICANS ALOUD” than if it said blacks? Just because of the color of their skin they had to be taught by their parents and other adults to put your hands up to a police officer, at a very young age. It seems like African Americans have had more historical connections to discrimination than did any other race, therefore it almost seems obvious that they would be the ethnicity to vote the highest on the issue. So than why does the other 41% of blacks vote no to the problem of discrimination? Overtime, blacks have been given more of an opportunity to be able to attend any college and to further their education to success. That 41% of African Americans could very well be the individuals who have found a way to escape the discrimination. Does that still make discrimination okay to those African Americans who are going about their daily lives and have no other choice to live where they do? NO! However, that 41% of African Americans may not believe there is because they live differently than the other 59% do.
    22% of Latinos believe there is still a discrimination problem in America today, which is only 6% more than do whites. How come Spanish is being taught in schools? Does that mean that there is not as much discrimination towards people of Latino culture? Also, I have recognized geographically that people of Latino culture like to live in populations of people of their same race. In some locations, there are neighborhoods and communities of Latino’s. However, that 22% may very well be those of Latino culture who live around huge populations of Caucasian people and do not surround their selves in communities of their own ethnicity. I think they should not have to do that, but that’s what the problem has associated itself with.
    “Does everyone take off from the same starting line?” stated Nicholas Kristof in his article of “How Whites Just Don’t Get It”. I do not believe that everyone takes off from the same starting line. Everyone starts differently. Those ethnicities voting percentages on how discrimination is a problem were voted by those ethnicities based off from the starting line they started from. It could be any of the five reasons I stated above, or it could be strictly because African Americans voted higher because their lives were impacted more than the whites and the whites voted closely to those of Latino ethnicity because Latino’s may feel more equal than do blacks because their historical background may not have been as severe. There are many issues that go along with this issue, but those numbers are based off the starting line those individuals took off from.


  • My first point to why there is such a low percentage of white Americans whom do believe that there is much discrimination today.  I personally believe that this is the case because for the most part white people in America do not see the discrimination with obvious exceptions on the news. Such as what is being displayed in Ferguson right now. But other than that, people of white skin do not see the daily challenges of minority populations. Also I would have to point out white privilege, which gives the upper hand to white men in the community. To look at this, you can imagine driving a car in a tunnel. You only see what’s inside the tunnel, and if we do not see any of the acts going outside this tunnel, then we will not think it is an problem. Which would cause need for a change, if these people do not see all the “car accidents” (i.e. racism and discrimination), on the outskirts of his tunnel, then how will we as a world work towards racial equality?
    Another would be the 59% of African-Americans think there is a lot of discrimination. This would seem fairly easy to explain why this is the case. Typically you see black people,( or people of darker skin in general) tend to experience discrimination more than anyone else. Because of this I do believe that you would see and know discrimination better than people of white skin. This in turn comes from a lack to be able to get out of the “slums” or “hood” that a disproportionally amount of African-Americas live in. which is, unfortunately another form of discrimination which came from white people trying to keep black people down after the civil rights movement.
    22% of Latinos think there is a lot of discrimination in America today. This seems somewhat lower than I would have speculated at first because I do tend to believe that Latinos experience more discrimination than white people. But to only see a small difference somewhat shocked me. This could be from a plethora of reasons, depending on where and when these people came to the country, whether or not they were born here or are immigrants. But it is a reasonable explanation for Latinos to experience more discrimination than whites.
    Segregation is a big reason why people wouldn’t see the discrimination. Obviously if you cannot see the actions that cause discrimination then how will you think it is prevalent. Reproducing Racism states “White homeowners and developers worked together to enact segregation ordinances in several cities” (Roithmayr, ch 2 pp.33). Which caused for separation of people of color from whites, this would be a reason for not fully understanding or noticing discrimination.
    Another reasons for discrimination being so high is the “cheating at the starting line” chapter of reproducing racism, which talks about the race battle being sued to stop strikes working on the railroads. Essentially this is making the claim that the Railroad market had a “strike-busting” set of workers whenever white unions tried to raise wages. This created an idea that blacks were only good to keep whites in their place and suggest that white people can be replaced easily by blacks, making them feel that they need to keep working.


  • I believe that these statistics exist because:

    1) Not only in America do whites have an advantage. Its the circle of race that gives these statistics. Whites can act like there is not much racism in the world but in all reality their life is just not as complicated. The article on colorblindness and racism explains this when they inform us that a majority of the students expelled or suspended in public schools were black.

    2) Authorities target peoples of ethnicity because of stereotypes of races. They know what kind of kids they have had in their offices in the schools in the past so they think they know what to look for to bust students. Authorities think of colored students with more negative ideas, and are targeted over whites, which leads into my next reason why I believe these statistics

    3) Whites have a privilege in America that provides a systematic form of racism that allows them to enjoy benefits and exceptions that most blacks, Latinos, and other races do not receive.

    4) Even in the work force people of white color have lower employment rates. The African American unemployment rate in America according to the reading is 11.4% and the Asian unemployment rate was only 4.5%. This proves the colorblindness because whites and Asians both have white skin, and have lower unemployment rates than colored peoples. Whites do not notice this, but colored individuals do and this is a reason why they believe there is racism in America.

    5) Racism is never ending. Colored individuals will always feel more targeted in America than whites. The definition of racism touches on when one race is believed to be more superior than another, and conflicts of this are still going on in the world today.


  • The low number for the amount of whites that believe that there is a lot of discrimination in America today is shocking. Whites do not believe that there is a lot of discrimination because they are mostly likely creating it themselves. They do not acknowledge that they are completely being racist even if they are “trying not to” or replying “it was just a joke”. It is no secret that whites have an advantage, it has and always will be this way, in job interviews, work force, schools, housing, and money. Whites believe they have a higher success rate, they are selfish, and they flaunt their skin color. Africans standing at fifty nine percent and Latinos at twenty two percent expresses a lot about how colorblind racism is really happening. Colorblind racism is in my opinion worse than how race was in the past. Latinos are becoming more accepted as time goes on but no matter what every race is and always will be considered different when it comes to whites. I do not understand why our human race is this way, I do not know how it started but I do believe we have the power to end it. We are all human, some parts may look different from others but does it mean that much too where we need to exclude them from every possible thing we do? What if the tables were flipped, what if blacks were the superiority? These numbers are the way they are because whites do not see them doing wrong, blacks are constantly being discriminated, and Latinos are more applauded for their hard work more than being discriminated against. “White homeowners and developers worked together to enact segregation ordinances in several cities” (Roithmayr, ch 2 pp.33). This just goes to prove the fact white people get everything they ask for. Segregation might have been legally ended in the past but in our society people still act the same way. It is sad and embarrassing that our world is this way, we are acting like children. These numbers are very powerful in terms of how our world is perceived. Some whites believe they are doing everything they can to break the racial wall but really like I said early, they are just committing colorblind racism. For others that say we just need to stop talking about it, which will never happen. We need to talk about this in order for our world to become comfortable and peaceful.


    • I agree with you on this post and I wonder how many “colored people” know these facts and use them just to get by in the world. I feel like America does need to address the real problems that are going on in this society currently and not just having a month (28 days) of fake celebration and notification of one group of people then going right back to the way things are after. Because whites are at an advantage in almost every aspect of life, noticeable or unnoticeable, I feel as if they know it and do not want to give up the power they have made for themselves. This cycle is quickly coming to an end and righteousness will soon be in popular demand again.


  • Who is discriminated most in United State? I think everybody know “color people. When I said color people it isn’t always necessary to think about black people because, There are other such as Latinos, Indian, Jewish. It is obvious victim of discrimination are aware of the issue. The number describes in it’s own. 59 % of African-Americans and 22 % of Latinos believe discrimination still exist and only 16 % of white. Those 16% people are well conscious about their surrounding and advocate for equality. The reasons why less white people admit because they usually want to ignore race talk. It is absolute true Discrimination still alive but it is invisible within our criminal justice system. It is hard to see those gaps. In this country skin color is privilege.

    Look at the history of United State of America, have you seen white man being slave. When Jim crow collapse on 19th century people thought that all citizen are equal. After the Jim Crow there were still segregation on education and employment. Even now, majority of black and Latino people are living in poverty or have low wages jobs. According to some research, if you apply for job with white sounding name you’re more likely to get call back than person different race name. Isn’t that discrimination against minority people?

    Housing are segregated in different racial group. I am 90 percent sure communities where white people live have high prices for house than community with African American or Latino. Because black and Latino communities know for being violent which automatically decrease price of house.

    I was watching social experiment “White guy vs. black guy” on YouTube. It was about how people react when black man and white guy try to broke into car. The result was surprising; the white man was in public place trying to broke into car for 30 minute and no body did anything. But in other hand, black man got arrest within 5 minute. This experiment shows the stereotype of African American being criminal or felon still exist.

    Another example from YouTube, experiment of black doll and white doll. People ask kid to pick doll they like to play with . Almost every kid picks white. When YouTuber asks why did you choose this one? Kid describe white doll “pretty” and black doll “ugly”


  • Not many people are aware of the institutionalized discrimination that goes on today because they are blind to it. Not many people, of any “race”, are openly racist or going to openly commit a racist act against another out-group. Color blindness is huge in America since most white people do not want to face the fact that minorities are in the situation they are in because of laws on how this country was built. In America today a significant amount of African Americans and Latinos are discriminated against over whites because of the system and stereotypes that are made to have them at a disadvantage. For an example the fairly recent Mike Brown case, where a young black child was murdered by a white cop, is over looked as being a crime involving color. No one wants to identify this act of violence as hate or place it in the category as discrimination against race. No one ever wants to talk about color except the people who have it because they are almost forced to defend their culture speaking as one person for a whole group.

    When asked to talk about race, racism, stereotypes or discrimination most whites say these factors are not a problem in todays world. They say they do not see color when looking at a African American Asian or Latino group of people or person yet that is the issue right there. Not noticing or choosing not to see color is why the evils in todays world continue. Like for the people who lived in one gated community their whole lives and have never had to step out of their comfort zone to live with people who did not look like them or make as much money as them, these people either choose not to recognize that they are isolated to people similar to them or they really do not know that there is a difference. I feel like a reason as to why this is such a sensitive topic is because white people think that other race groups will get offended by what they say on this particular topic and act aggressively toward them or they do not want to take responsibility for what has happened in the past and fix it.

    When acts of discrimination rarely or never happen to you it is hard to feel like America is experiencing any at all because, all you are looking out for is yourself and anything going on with outside groups is none of your business to worry about. As selfish as this may seem it is true and the truth hurts. No one wants to get involved with drama that they feel they are not originally apart of. The real estate market and economic recession has drastically effected Latinos across America, creating an economic gap for Latinos, blacks too, making it even more difficult for them to find and own homes for their families and jobs to assist them in their everyday living. Not all whites are racist and not all African Americans and Latinos are poor, defenseless and hopeless, it just so happens that some whites are colorblind and some blacks and Latinos are still effected and struggling today because of prejudices and discrimination against them.


  • It is no secret that whites have always had an advantage looking back in our nation’s history. Result of this survey didn’t surprise me because nowadays people don’t want to talk about race and they have their own reasons. Some don’t want to talk about race because of pain, trauma or history of violence then some don’t want to talk because they don’t want to be labeled as racist or don’t want to admit racism/inequality still exist. In lecture we said, “Race is a social and political category that signifies and symbolizes social conflicts.” One reason why only 16% of the white population is acknowledging and admitting that a large amount of discrimination still exists in America today is because white people don’t want to admit on the advantages they have over other races in America. I also think those 16% percent who admitted inequality exist were not “pure white” they where probably Irish or Italian. Other whites don’t talk about race or racial inequality because they might say, “we are tired of talking about it”, don’t want to be labeled a racist while talking about race or they don’t want to admit they had more advantages then other racial group. I think the 16% who admit racial inequality still exist are people who willing to talk about issues because they might had have experienced some kind of inequality some point of their life or are willing to try to make USA racial discrimination free country.
    I think the reason behind only 22% of Latinos acknowledging discrimination exist in this survey is because their struggle is different than what black people experienced. Only 22% said discrimination exist because of the jobs they encounter in America. One example of it is the one of the vide we watch in class where a Latino guy applied to many different jobs but did not here back from them but when he changed his Latino name to one of the common White American first name then they contacted him instantly. I think other Latinos did not say anything about racial discrimination because they can be seen as white peoples, for example in class when we attempted to identify various people by their skin color and physical characteristics. Another reason why Latinos said they experienced discrimination is because there are lots of non-documented Latinos working in the fields in America. Some Latinos may have experienced discrimination but they did not experienced discrimination nearly on the same level as black people have experienced.
    Reason behind why African Americans agreeing with discrimination existing largely in America are because of the circumstances they have to go through everyday. If we look into US prison system it is mostly filled with blacks. Most of the people below the poverty line and with less education are also colored people; these people are seeing long-term discrimination and inequality. Also look at discrimination by white people and also by law enforcement, take Travon Martin or recent shootings for example.
    I also believe geographical location has great impact in discrimination and inequality. Upper class white neighborhood will not acknowledge discrimination. They might say they worked hard to be where they are now in life and if black people tried hard they can achieve that too but that is partially true because they are not talking about the advantages they have as white. Whites are not seeing the difference in terms of inheritance privilege between their kids and black kids. Discrimination nowadays is not direct but just because we don’t see it doesn’t mean there is none. Look at public school difference between all white and all black society, housing inequality, inequality in criminal justice system, etc.


  • 1) The low percentage of whites that believe discrimination exists in today’s society is due to the fact that they are usually not the target of most discrimination. Since they are not targeted, the discrimination goes unnoticed. While this statistic may give the impression that whites morals and priorities are looked down upon by society, this result is solely from the simple fact that discrimination flies under the radar when it doesn’t affect you negatively.

    2) Another reason why these results are skewed is because of the high percentage of people with ethnic backgrounds who believe discrimination still exists. One cause of this, (and it is a sad reality), is that discrimination actually still does exist. This is a harsh realization, but with the amount of emphasis put towards the awareness of racism and the efforts to diminish it, society as a whole is making a positive step in the right direction.

    3) Also, these results could be an effect from the terrible racism that has occurred in our nation’s history. People whose ancestors suffered from the terrible consequences of racism are much more likely to vote that discrimination is still existent. This is because it really hits home for these people knowing that their ancestors were the victims of probably the most brutal and inhumane part of American history.

    4) On the other hand, people whose ancestors benefitted from the effects of racism are more likely to vote that discrimination does not exist today. This is for the sole reason that their ancestors are not proud of what their generation was a part of. Hopefully elders would never tell their descendants about slavery in a good light. Because of this, most whites believe that discrimination has been for the most part eliminated.

    5) As for the low percentage of Latinos who believe discrimination is still present, this is most likely because this race didn’t feel as many of the effects of racism in history as Blacks. While there is no doubt racism and discrimination to some extent of every existing race, Latinos haven’t felt the worst effects of it as blacks have. Maybe the people interviewed are actually happy and satisfied with how they have been treated when they compare to how other races were exploited.

    The definition of racism if not when one person discriminates against another but when a whole population operates in a social structure that actually makes it difficult for a person not to discriminate. While this survey shows that discrimination is still existent, the percentage has decreased over the years and hopefully will keep decreasing to the point that a majority from every race don’t believe that discrimination nor racism exists.


  • The statistic doesn’t surprise me for many reasons.
    1. This statistic has many reasons to do with a colorblind view many people hold. This colorblindness is also knows as post-racism which in fact is very much untrue. Rohtmayer quotes a man that claims having a black president has narrowed racism. This is also untrue. What is being unseen in this is the fact that many whites live in wealthier neighborhoods with few minorities. The neighborhood acts a bubble from a majority of racial problems in society.
    2. Another reason is whites are privileged. They are not in despair in this country solely because of their race and as a result don’t feel negative effects. Having to recognize an unequal playing field would jeopardize their privileges. In an online reading Ta-Nehisi Coates had brought up
    Reparations. White privilege has granted the power of ‘not having to talk about it’.
    3. “What is racism?” has to do with these results as well. Racism is often misperceived as individuals discriminating against each other. Racism is systems in a social structure that create discrimination and maintain it. This definition of racism seems to be developed in communities of color more often because of the realities of it.
    4. A study conducted by sociologist in The practical Skeptic: Readings in sociology by Lisa McIntyre shows that whites often miscalculate the black population for being larger than it actually is. The majority of reasons seem to be representation on TV. The news seems to frequently report crimes committed by blacks alluding to a bigger population. If whites see more people of color they assume they are equally experiencing institutional benefits.
    5. Latino’s low percent I beilive has more to do with history. The systems and laws in place before has specified the “negro” more than Latino’s. What makes racism so powerful is that it can occur in a look. What you look like often gave assumptions to your origins. But none the less of course they are effected by racism.
    6. On the flip side the high percent on African-Americans is a result of dealing with racism. From housing inequalities to relatives that were former slaves it’s hard not to recognize the differences.


  • 1.) I think one of the reasons why only 16 percent of whites compared to 59 percent of African Americans and 22 percent of Latinos think there is discrimination in America today is because the area’s where these race’s live. Majority of whites that are middle class to upper class live in high-class area’s where discrimination does not take place. And considering the fact that white families are 8-11 times wealthier than black families proves that to be true. Same scenario goes for Latino’s regarding their geographical location and the quality of life that exists there. Generally speaking Los Angeles (where many blacks and Latino’s live) will have much more discrimination compared to Seattle (where many more whites live).
    2.) Looking at Latino’s; I don’t think their ethnicity is as heavily discriminated as African Americans. It is much more common to come across discrimination against a black rather than a Latino in modern day which I think accounts for the statistic.
    3.) Whites have the privilege in America compared to people of color because they are the ones in advantage of discrimination in America. When talking in terms of discrimination their authority is much higher which prevents them from witnessing discrimination ultimately. Putting this into perspective, white don’t understand discrimination and how it feels in comparison to the other race’s thus making up only 16 percent.
    4.) In chapter 2 of the book the author (Roithmayr) states that “cheating at the starting line, and how racial advantage from the past continues from generation to generation”. These essentially proves why because racism of African Americans and Latinos date much further back and unfortunately have been carried on from generation until up to date. For examples, I have come across racial discrimination on multiple occasions where an African American is being attacked and the person is using racism terms that relate from centuries ago against them.
    5.) Lastly, I believe that the thought of racism is automatically conveyed as everyone but whites. Whites are known to be the superior race and this dates back to long ago where this concept was already portrayed to the people. Given this they are provided with optimal support and don’t notice or see racial discrimination as much as others.


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