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Poll: Most Americans see lingering racism -- in others

POSTED: 1:02 p.m. EST, December 12, 2006

Story Highlights

• Poll shows most Americans consider racism a problem
• Blacks more than twice as likely to call racism a "very serious" problem
• Almost half of whites and blacks say they know someone who is racist
• Only a few of either race say they are racially biased themselves

More on CNN TV: Are you prejudiced in ways you don't even know? Find out in a Paula Zahn NOW Special: "Skin Deep: Racism in America," tonight, 8 p.m. ET.

(CNN) -- Most Americans, white and black, see racism as a lingering problem in the United States, and many say they know people who are racist, according to a new poll.

But few Americans of either race -- just one out of eight -- consider themselves racist.

And experts say racism has evolved from the days of Jim Crow to the point that people may not even recognize it in themselves. (Watch people in a Texas town where blacks are still afraid to stop Video)

A poll conducted last week by Opinion Research Corp. for CNN indicates that whites and blacks disagree on how serious a problem racial bias is in the United States.

Almost half of black respondents to the poll -- 49 percent -- said racism is a "very serious" problem, while 18 percent of whites shared that view. Forty-eight percent of whites and 35 percent of blacks chose the description "somewhat serious."

Asked if they know someone they consider racist, 43 percent of whites and 48 percent of blacks said yes.

But just 13 percent of whites and 12 percent of blacks consider themselves racially biased.

Professor Jack Dovidio of the University of Connecticut, who has researched racism for more than 30 years, estimates up to 80 percent of white Americans have racist feelings they may not even recognize.

"We've reached a point that racism is like a virus that has mutated into a new form that we don't recognize," Dovidio said.

He added that 21st-century racism is different from that of the past.

"Contemporary racism is not conscious, and it is not accompanied by dislike, so it gets expressed in indirect, subtle ways," he said.

That "stealth" discrimination reveals itself in many different situations.

A three-year undercover investigation by the National Fair Housing Alliance found that real estate agents steered whites away from integrated neighborhoods and steered blacks in to predominantly black neighborhoods.

Racism also can be a factor in getting a job.

Candidates named Emily O'Brien or Neil McCarthy were much more likely to get calls back from potential employers than applicants named Tamika Williams and Jamal Jackson, even though they had the same credentials, according to a study by the University of Chicago.

Racial bias may even determine whether you can flag a cab.

New York Times writer Calvin Sims wrote a recent article about all the cabdrivers that refused to stop for him.

"If a cab passes you by, obviously it is frustrating, it's degrading and it's just really confusing, because this is akin to being in the South and being refused service at a lunch counter, which is what happened in the 60s and 70s," he said.


The Opinion Research poll shows that blacks and whites disagree on how each race feels about the other.

Asked how many whites dislike blacks, 40 percent of black respondents said "all" or "many." Twenty-six percent of whites chose one of those replies.

On the question of how many blacks dislike whites, 33 percent of blacks said "all" or "many," while 38 percent of whites agreed -- a wash because of the poll's 5 percent margin of error.

About half of black respondents said they had been a victim of discrimination because of their race. A little more than a quarter of whites said they had been victims of racial discrimination.

The poll was based on phone interviews conducted December 5 through Thursday with 1,207 Americans, including 328 blacks and 703 non-Hispanic whites.



( 17 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 12th, 2006 06:58 pm (UTC)
Where's that icon about the pope being Catholic?
Dec. 12th, 2006 07:15 pm (UTC)
i know, right?
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Dec. 12th, 2006 07:24 pm (UTC)
that be it
Dec. 12th, 2006 07:30 pm (UTC)
Dec. 12th, 2006 07:06 pm (UTC)
Wait...I was talking to a dude last night who is half-Black and half-white. He was saying that he's seen racism from BOTH sides...and while he admits that racism still exists, considering that it's not as bad as our ancestors had to deal with, he feels that we as Black folks need to let a lot go. I'm thinking I should prolly let HIS ass go...
Dec. 12th, 2006 07:24 pm (UTC)
cut 'em loose!
Dec. 12th, 2006 07:25 pm (UTC)
It's really taken people this long to figure this shit out? I guess no one wants to let the maintstream know that HAY BTW YOU'RE NOT AS PERFECT AS YOU THINK YOU ARE.

And that video? Awesome [/sarcasm].
Mayor: No, the residents of our town are not racist.
Resident of the town: Sure I'll talk to blacks, but I'm up & out if I have to eat with 'em.

Ho-hum, can you say "blind as a muhfuhn bat"?
Dec. 13th, 2006 12:53 am (UTC)
You talking about those racistfolk of Vidor, Texas. They pracitually ran all the black people out.

The fat lady with the mustache(town resident) is an inbreed idiot.
Dec. 12th, 2006 07:35 pm (UTC)
Although I have other strikes against me (my size and my age), I've no doubt that I've been passed over for jobs because of my skin color. I have a great resume and a white-sounding name (Kimberley Cote) and they're enthusiastic all over the place. I get interviews (I've had 26 this year) but as soon as they see my black ass, that's all she wrote. I once had a prospective employer actually hold my resume up and ask, "Is this you?" I'm thinking who the fuck else would be showing up?? *That* interview lasted exactly five minutes.

But yeah, I see the faces fall, and it maddens me because I am a SUPERIOR admin assistant and a credit to any company I work for.

Every one of those fallen faces would deny being a racist.
Dec. 12th, 2006 07:44 pm (UTC)
i want to know what the 25% of whites thought "racial discrimination" meant.
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Dec. 12th, 2006 10:40 pm (UTC)
Even though Beyonce's hair isn't real most of the time, she does have long hair naturally. She just doesn't want to keep processing it and everything. Seriously. Oprah is another story. Still.

can i get a check to prove lil kim's coochie stinks?
Ewwww. Lol. That would be some easy money 'cos you know you'd be smelling it a block away and wouldn't even have to go up close.
Dec. 12th, 2006 08:21 pm (UTC)
I'm gonna post this to APR if it's all right with you.
Dec. 12th, 2006 09:12 pm (UTC)
Re: *facepalm*
knock yourself out
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Dec. 13th, 2006 02:12 pm (UTC)
12% does seem like just a few in this article - especially since it's a whole lot of percentage points short of what the real number should be.
Dec. 13th, 2006 02:56 am (UTC)
File this under the "No Shit". People actually get paid for this?!
Dec. 13th, 2006 03:13 am (UTC)
How is it that I didn't have to watch the video to know Vidor was the 'town in Texas'?


Fucking retards.
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