Study Finds White Americans Believe They Experience More Racism than African Americans

The blog Political Blindspot reports on a study by Tufts Associate Professor of Psychology Samuel Sommers and Harvard Business School professor Michael I. Norton that “finds that while both Caucasian and African Americans agree that anti-black racism has decreased over the last 60 years, whites believe that anti-white racism has increased. Moreover, the study finds that the majority of Caucasians believe that anti-white racism is a ‘bigger problem’ than what African Americans face.”

Sommers comments that “It’s a pretty surprising finding when you think of the wide range of disparities that still exist in society, most of which show black Americans with worse outcomes than whites in areas such as income, home ownership, health and employment.” The article from the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science is entitled  “Whites See Racism as a Zero-sum Game that They Are Now Losing.”

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