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Thomas Gallatin / September 5, 2017

Majority of Minorities Suffer No Discrimination

Only 25% of Americans claim to have suffered prejudice, which is too high but not as high as you might think.

A recent study finds that only 25% of Americans say they have ever experienced discrimination. The study, conducted by Brian Boutwell, a criminology professor from Saint Louis University, surveyed 14,000 Americans across all racial backgrounds. He found that 27% of Hispanics, 31% of blacks, 23% of whites and 18% of Asians surveyed claimed to have experienced discrimination “sometimes” or “often.” The findings suggest that discrimination is less prevalent than is often assumed, especially in light of today’s polarized political climate and raging debate over DACA in particular.

Boutwell cautioned, “People have rightly pointed out that 25 percent of the population is a lot of people. That’s still millions of people. That’s far higher than what we’d like to see.” Most people surveyed believed that “race” was the largest motivating factor behind unfair treatment. Boutwell noted that another potentially growing factor may be political beliefs. He states, “If anyone feels that their political alignment creates blowback for them in daily life, that’s one possibility … a reasonable one, given the data on political polarization.”

Certainly Dennis Prager thinks this is true, writing, “Millions of Americans who hold conservative and/or pro-Trump views rationally fear ostracism by their peers, public humiliation, ruined reputations, broken families, job loss and the inability to work in their field. Under these circumstances, they have decided that coming out as conservative or pro-Trump is not worth the persecution they would endure.”

It’s also worth noting that surveys like this rely on data that is obtained via the subjective perception of individuals’ experiences. What someone perceives may not accurately reflect the reality of what they have experienced. However, contrary to what is preached by race hustlers and social justice warriors, America is a broadly accepting and Liberty-loving nation. Americans’ recent response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey typifies this spirit more than fascist malcontents rioting in the streets.

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