The racial grievance industry argues that Blacks cannot be racist because they lack the power to implement negative attitudes – when a few individuals may or may not have such attitudes – against other races. A new survey and analysis shows that Americans reject this concept, and believe that Blacks are racist more frequently than Whites.
Initially, it is a travesty that we should even be considering such a comparison. But when the grievance industry makes a career out of picking at national wounds for profit (through donations), unfortunately we have to try to push on the brakes and slow down the madness.
But when even 31% of Blacks think that the majority of Blacks are racist, this does not appear to be an indictment of any racial qualities but appears to reflect the constant irritation by national political profiteers on racially-charged topics, incidents, and grievances.
Consistent with racial irritation being the cause, only 30% of all Americans now rate race relations in the United States as good or excellent. And those numbers have grown worse concerning race relations and also on beliefs about whether race relations are improving or getting worse.
Public opinion rejects the concept that Blacks cannot be racist. “Thirty-seven percent (37%) of American Adults think most black Americans are racist, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Just 15% consider most white Americans racist, while 18% say the same of most Hispanic Americans.” says Rasmussen Reports
Incredibly, “Among black Americans, 31% think most blacks are racist, while 24% consider most whites racist and 15% view most Hispanics that way.”
By contrast, “Among white adults, 10% think most white Americans are racist; 38% believe most blacks are racist, and 17% say most Hispanics are racist.”
Rasmussen breaks down the numbers: “Among conservative Americans, 49% consider most blacks racist, and only 12% see most whites that way. Among liberal voters, 27% see most white Americans as racist, and 21% say the same about black Americans.”
And: “From a partisan perspective, 49% of Republicans see most black Americans as racist, along with 36% of unaffiliated adults and 29% of Democrats.”
One should note the distinction: There was no measurement as to intensity of racism. The results show that a greater percentage of Americans believe that Blacks are racist than the percentage who say this of Whites. So the results do not measure who is “more racist” but how many Americans believe Blacks versus Whites are racist in some way, to some level.
Meanwhile, incidents like the National Basketball Association scandal over comments by Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, call into question the claim that Blacks lack the power to implement whatever beliefs they may have. Donald Sterling is (or was) in an intense romantic relationship with a half-Black, half-Hispanic Latina.
Apparently the Jewish Sterling was living with the half-Black Stiviano. Yet Sterling’s comments that he did not want his half-Black mistress Stiviano to be seen in public cavorting with Black football players became a scandal.
But comments by a Jewish rich guy dating a half-Black, half-Mexican mistress have caused an uproar, and a national consensus to tar and feather Sterling. Sterling has been banned for life, fined $2.5 million, and is facing a vote to force him to sell the Clippers.
So is it still true that Blacks lack the power to be racist? When a single illegally taped comment can cause a rich owner of a beloved basketball team to be put to shame, perhaps the argument is obsolete.
The entire topic ought to be viewed as the total failure of stirring up grievances and ripping bandages off of wounds as a useful or constructive approach to American life.
The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on July 1-2, 2013 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.