Majority of White Americans Believe White Peope Face Ddiscrimination

Majority Of White Americans Believe White People Face Discrimination

But most said they haven't personally experienced racial discrimination, according to a new poll.

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A majority of white Americans believe whites face discrimination, according to a new poll, but most said they've never personally experienced it.

Fifty-five percent of whites agreed that discrimination against white people exists in the U.S. today, according to the poll, released Tuesday by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.


If you apply for a job, they seem to give the blacks the first crack at it, Ohio resident Tim Hershman, 68, a poll respondent, told NPR. If you want any help from the government, if you're white, you don't get it. If you're black, you get it. 

It's been going on for decades, and it's been getting worse for whites, Hershman added.

When prodded, however Hershman was unable to provide an example of discrimination against him.

The same was true for most white Americans polled: Only 19 percent said they'd personally faced discrimination applying for a job; 13 percent in being considered for work pay or promotion; and 11 percent in applying for college. 

The poll showed that most Americans, including blacks, Latinos and LGBTQ individuals, believe their own group faces discrimination.

Ninety-two percent of African Americans said discrimination against blacks exists in America today. More than half said they'd personally experienced discrimination when applying for jobs (56 percent), and being paid equally or considered for promotion (57 percent). About 60 percent said they or a family member had been unfairly stopped or treated by the police because they are black.

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