This week, the Public Religion Research Institute released a new poll showing that Americans have some very strange ideas about the nature of racial discrimination. Now, this won’t be news to anyone who has watched Democrats run shamelessly on this issue for years, nor to anyone who has watched the inane coverage of the Black Lives Matter movement. But the results of this poll are even stranger than you might expect.
First, the poll shows that 43 percent of Americans think white people are discriminated against as much as any other racial minority. 50 percent of whites surveyed believe this to be the case
“Half (50%) of white Americans agree that discrimination against whites has become as big a problem today as discrimination against blacks and other minorities, while fewer than three in ten Hispanic (29%) and black Americans (25%) agree,” says the report.
That’s extremely interesting. There is a way of looking at it that would make sense – i.e., no one really faces much discrimination, so white Americans experience as little of it as anyone else. Or, white Americans could be thinking of how they are discriminated against in other areas – their religion, their political leanings, their demonization in the media, their age, handicaps, etc.
But do half of white Americans really believe they are the victims of racial discrimination?
This weirdness carries over to the other questions, including whether or not this country has done enough to give black Americans equal rights to whites. 47 percent of respondents say that more changes need to be made.
This is more in line with the liberal America we’ve all come to know and…tolerate. But again, pertinent questions arise. What are “rights?” How would you define them? Would it be fair to suggest that if the laws for white people are the same as the laws for black people, we’ve done as much as we can or should in the name of equality? In that case, can anyone name a single law that exists that favors whites over blacks? What laws can we change to even the playing field?
Maybe it’s time to buck up and recognize that we’re living in the 21st century, and we don’t have to carry around the thousand-pound anvil of our racially divided history. We can just…drop it. Move on! No, that doesn’t mean that every white person is going to like every black person, any more than it means that anyone of any race is ever going to get along with everyone else. It just means that we don’t have laws that permit slavery and racial oppression. In fact, we have laws that actually force employers and states to hire minorities over whites (which is another way that first result makes sense, come to think of it). What more can we do? What more should we do?
Aren’t there so many better things we could be worrying about?