Poll: Americans See Blacks As Most Racist

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A recent poll finds that as America’s racial makeup shifts, so does its overall perception of racists.

According to Rasmussen, Americans consider blacks more likely to have racist attitudes than whites or Hispanics.

From the poll:

Thirty-seven percent (37%) of American Adults think most black Americans are racist, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Just 15% consider most white Americans racist, while 18% say the same of most Hispanic Americans. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

There is a huge ideological difference on this topic. Among conservative Americans, 49% consider most blacks racist, and only 12% see most whites that way. Among liberal voters, 27% see most white Americans as racist, and 21% say the same about black Americans.

From a partisan perspective, 49% of Republicans see most black Americans as racist, along with 36% of unaffiliated adults and 29% of Democrats.

Among black Americans, 31% think most blacks are racist, while 24% consider most whites racist and 15% view most Hispanics that way.

Among white adults, 10% think most white Americans are racist; 38% believe most blacks are racist, and 17% say most Hispanics are racist.

Overall, just 30% of all Americans now rate race relations in the United States as good or excellent.

The survey results raise questions about the Nation’s mainstream media outlets’ demonstrated dedication to perpetuating the idea that white on minority racism is more prevalent than other incarnations of racism in the United States. Recent examples include coverage of the trial of Hispanic George Zimmerman, who is charged with the murder in the killing a black teenager, and  a public rebuke of television cooking personality Paula Deen, a 66-year-old Southern white woman who admitted to saying “nigger” at some point in her life.

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Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After covering community news and politics, Rolley took a position at Personal Liberty Media Group where could better hone his focus on his true passions: national politics and liberty issues. In his daily columns and reports, Rolley works to help readers understand which lies are perpetuated by the mainstream media and to stay on top of issues ignored by more conventional media outlets.

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  • Harold Olsen

    For years, I’ve considered the black racist to be the most racist in the country. This is because they have the attitude that they can say and do whatever they like and get away with it. If you criticize them, they scream racism. In fact, they scream racism at the slightest thing. Refuse to allow a black person to something he wants to do, it’s racism. Tell him he has to do something he doesn’t want to do, it’s racism. Fire a black person who is not doing his job adequately, it’s racism. Arrest a person who has committed a crime, it’s racism. If you are having a discussion with a black person and you disagree with something they say, it’s racism. They hate it when they are viewed as inferior to other races. Well, if they do not want to be viewed as inferior then they should not act inferior, which is exactly what they are doing when they scream racism when no racism is involved. They whine like a bunch of immature children and when they don’t like something, they resort to violence like a bunch of rabid animals. Though I’ve known many blacks that I have had a great deal of respect for, as a race, I have no respect for blacks, only contempt.

    • nc

      Harold, as a race, what is the history of the WHITE RACE. The genocides, the persecution of others, the subjugation of others and the belief that others must think and speak like us? And the Blacks are worse because they “whine” and deserve your disrespect as a race because they “whine”? Just think of the death and misery that “whining” has caused in our history!! Yeah, Right!

      Harold, YOU NEED TO MAN UP AND GROW A SET!

      • CJ

        NC, you should study history. It was the blacks in Africa that raided towns, captured and then sold their fellow blacks to the Spanish, who then brought them to America. It’s people like you with your ignorance of facts that perpetuates the tension between the races.

        • FreedomFighter

          “It was the blacks in Africa that raided towns, captured and then sold their fellow blacks to the Spanish, who then brought them to America.”
          Actually it was Black Muslims that ran the slave trade and were nasty pirates….to shores of Tripoli as the song goes. yes Americas first war ever was with Muslims – Semper FI
          Laus DeoSemper FI

          • chocopot

            And the black muslims are still engaged in the slave trade – of other blacks.

        • chocopot

          Never mind. Like most lefties, NC rewrites history to suit his agenda, a la Orwell’s 1984.

        • nc

          Cj, I was a history major in college! I have read of the history of the blacks and whites and others! I find none without fault and I find many of all races with great works and compassion. I am familiar with the slave trade and see no saving grace in its practice by the blacks and the whites involved in the “business of slavery”.
          I want no tension between the races! I have many black friends and was practically raised by a black lady while my folks worked in the “mill”. She was one of the kindest people I have ever known! I was the first “white” to share an office with a black practitioner in my county! A very intelligent person and a true friend to this day!
          My lawyer is a Jew and one of my doctors in an Indian and another one is an Oriental! No problems there either!
          Their religions don’t matter either because I have no religion!
          Have you experienced all that you perceive to be “facts” of history or taken the writings of other people to be the “facts”?? Do you anything of their prejudices?

          • vicki

            You find none without fault because they are all of the HUMAN race.

      • mari

        The wrongs you list are wrongs committed by individuals in the human race. Their is no faction therein that is exempt from atrocious behavior. In every political party, religion, ethnic group, nationality, or sewing circle you will find those who are salt of the earth and those who are truly despicable. To cherry pick the bad behavior of one group is in and of itself a very myopic and biased worldview.

        • Nadzieja batki

          Mari, NC doesn’t know how races came about so he carries not only the proverbial chip on his shoulder but it is an uprooted tree.

    • Jeff

      There is no question but that Blacks have gotten a raw deal in the U.S. compared to virtually everyone else. That does not excuse bad behavior by individuals, but when you talk about social pathology in the Black Community as a whole, don’t you think it would make sense for us, as a society, to tackle the problems as a social challenge? For example, if Black teenage pregnancy rates are double those of other groups, you can focus on the bad decisions made by individual teenagers or you can look at the problem from a social perspective. Which do you think is more likely to be effective?

      Government policies over the past 150 years have caused much of the pathology in the Black Community, with Black men traditionally marginalized to the point they can’t be leaders in their communities. Lack of investment; War on Drugs/Black men – it has all led to a situation where kids who grow up in many inner city neighborhoods have to be extraordinary just to achieve what for many of us was as simple as getting up in the morning.
      You can look at such pathology as the result of some inherent evil in Black people or you can take the more reasonable approach and ask how we can solve this societal problem. If white suburban kids thought they were more likely to die before 18 than to go to college, I think we’d have tried something long ago.

      • Vigilant

        “For example, if Black teenage pregnancy rates are double those of other groups, you can focus on the bad decisions made by individual teenagers or you can look at the problem from a social perspective. Which do you think is more likely to be effective?”

        Tell us how you propose to cure that particular problem from a “social perspective.” You’re long on sweeping generalities and woefully short on details.

        • Jeff

          Of course I’m short on details. This is a blog, not a policy proposal. I’m just pointing out that social problems require social remediation and not blaming the victims. For example, if you decide a key part of the problem is a lack of fathers present, how can you increase the number of Black men capable of being fathers? It’s a multi-faceted problem and there’s no silver bullet, but it’s clear that our present course of criminalizing Black men as young as possible is not working. We need to stop focusing on Black drug use through the War On Drugs. We know Blacks and Whites use drugs in similar numbers, but Blacks are far more likely to be targeted by law enforcement. This policy is destroying the Black Community. We can’t sit back and look at the resulting pathology like anthropologists observing a foreign culture. Government policies played a role in creating the mess, so government policies need to be a part of the solution.

          • vicki

            The government policies that played a role in creating the mess are the big government “social justice” policies.

            So the fix is very easy. Shrink government back to its constitutional limits and let people get back to being productive.

          • Jeff

            But such a “fix” would fix nothing. It would just make things worse. If you’re in a 10 mile race and find yourself 5 miles behind because your opponent cheated, you can’t just say “no more cheating” and continue the race with you at mile 2 and the cheater at mile 7. Something has to be done affirmatively in recognition of past cheating.

          • Vigilant

            Leave it to a leftist to blame the War on Drugs for the disintegration of black communities.

            By far a greater influence on the social problem has indeed been the intrusion of government, but not as the left sees it. Policies of the left created an entitlement mentality that feeds on government largesse. Creation of dependencies upon government are largely responsible for the social problems in the black communities.

            It’s an immutable rule of thumb that when you subsidize anything, you get more of it. Welfare schemes NEVER work because you create MORE poverty, not less, in doing so.

  • justthinkingaloud

    Born with a chip on their shoulder, incapable of reconciliation, continual arrogance towards everyone on the planet that they alone view as their persecutors, incapable of being any less than savage in response to a point of view that differs from their own, totally lost in their own self importance and confident in their belief that the world owes them because the world is actually compliant in that respect. Of course there are those who know better and are deserving of respect as Harold points out so that it is not possible to generalize…………. or is it? Not all blacks are racist and similarly not all whites are racist, but all are prejudiced in some way or another which is something many find difficult to accept and subsequently cloak those prejudices under the racism banner as an easy way out.

    • Deerinwater

      A healthy predisposed attitude is what would be most desirable. While one’s own health varies greatly and a very general term. ~ One can’t be delicate and frail , ~ insecure and disorganized and be “healthy”.

      Having employed, worked for and with, ~ a large variety of cultures over a lifetime. ~ Some black are exactly as you describe them, while some are not. While Whites and Browns are not completely immune these same character traits as well. I’ve found mankind in general ,comes with a degree of disappointment irregardless of pedigree. While selecting the right person for the right job is a very overlooked and unrated aspect of any leadership position.

      I am currently having problems with one black domestic help. ~ She’s is excellent in her work and would be hard to replace but her attitude really sucks”. Not pleasant to be around and constantly needing more money than she is being paid, left to pinch me over and over. ~ I’m not sure there is a solution to this. To respond to it seems to only encourage it along with more request for more “favors” and “consideration”. “Who’s ” employing “Who” around here anyway? I thought I was! ~ I’m trying so hard to keep her ~ but she is making it impossible.

      I don’t enjoy having her around but I do enjoy what she does. To give her more hours would give her more money ~ but I feel that just money alone won’t improve her demure. It’s her whole family and their needs and habits that keeps her drained. ~ a endless cycle of bad decision making and bad habits inside a family environment. ~ They are beyond help ~ as the whole family would require address. ~

      While I have another black hand that is a true and dependable as a Timex watch, that only asked to be wound daily and never disappoints.

      Whites have been on less demanding or disappointing in years past. ~ The stories are sorted and many.

      My biggest problems with working Mexicans has been ~ they wish to make you believe that they understand English to get the job~ but not well enough to do the job well. ~ ending up with just too many screw ups. They require heavy supervision for the simplest of jobs. ( I have found exception ~ and they make good help ~ it’s a language barrier problem)

      So I have a developed “predisposition” to employees. ~ if they need to be micromanaged, i can’t use them. If they can’t do what they say they will do, I can’t use them. The benefit of doubt works twice and $200.00 is theirs to spend while i keep the account current.

  • FreedomFighter

    Polls aside I think we need to look at some facts:

    –Black only political organization
    –Black only colleges
    –Black only Television shows
    –Black only claims on words In the English language
    –Black Heritage
    –Black music
    –Black Dance
    –Black American
    –Black only “INSERT BLACK ONLY”

    Sounds pretty racist to me, they the black community of America has segregated themselves, doing exactly what they hated the most about American society in the first place ‘SEGREGATION” by race — racism.
    As a native American Indian looking at this from a neutral position — yes blacks seem to be very racist and like the NAZI use whites to fuel the false hate to sustain the racism, I say false hate, because nobody is holding blacks back from success in America except themselves.
    Laus DeoSemper FI

    • NC

      White only Christmas Pageants
      Whites in previously all black colleges
      Years of white only TV shows
      Years of white only major college sports in the south
      Years of movies of “whites only” jiving to that Black Music
      Question> Do you honor your family HERITAGE? HOW MANY BLACKS DOES IT CONTAIN?

      • TheTruthHurtsAsWell

        Ah! So two wrongs make a right! And what does family heritage have anything to do with anything? Bc I have no Asian, Indian, Latin ancestors that makes me a racist… or something?

        • Nadzieja Batki

          I would also ask NC, why would I need a Black in my family tree?
          God gave a rule for marriage and it is not to be unevenly yoked and it applies not only to believers marrying believers only.. Each Individual knows what that means if they choose to know it.

      • CJ

        NC, You’re acting like a racist trying to distract the light from yourself. Keep it up, the spotlight it getting brighter.. on you!

      • FreedomFighter

        Apples and oranges — what you claim no longer exists, nor was it created because whites felt discriminated against and segregated from blacks, nor did whites blame blacks for keeping them down. Whites felt they had a superiority to all other races, thus separated themselves from others.
        This no longer exists in American society, yet blacks continue to separate themselves from others, because they are black. This is considered Pure racism according to the blacks themselves.
        This is easy to understand, as the tribe separates themselves by race also…it is very difficult to become a member of the Cherokee tribe unless your a Cherokee, a form of racism in its purest form, no hate involved, just the way it is.
        The blacks fought for 100 years to become part of the American tribe – won membership – but now want to separate themselves and blame others for there own problems. You either want to be in the tribe or not.
        Laus DeoSemper FI

        • Deerinwater

          What you say is true FF. ~ But we still separate blacks as well ~ with the things we say and do.

          I took some of my help out for lunch ~ a few weeks ago. I was noticing that Rachael was being usually quite. ~ I asked her what was wrong. ~ She says, ~ “Those people are talking about my lips” ~ She just kept her head down the whole time we were there.

          The fact is, ~ Rachael does have a huge predominate Negro lips and they are hard to ignore, much like a women with huge breast when seen for the first time.

          The good or bad or beauty of such lips is left entirely to the beholder. Some people would love to have such a set of lips. Small and thin lips don’t exactly make the best kissers had been my experience. ~

          We all ~ tend to chastise people that are different on first meeting. ~ I had a buddy in the Army that had most of his nose missing. You had a clear view inside his head. But given time, I got use to it and it was easy to overlook. . When I think of Douglas now, years later ~ I don’t see his nose missing. Isn’t that strange?

          I am willing to accept the fact that I “prejudge” people on sight. ~ a survivor of a lifetime of experiences had made this impossible to not do. ~ I find it necessary to size people up quickly. But what I refuse to do is enjoy the comfort of an opinion without the discomfort of thought and project a clear bias rooted in one pedigree alone.

          Think before you speak, don’t speak in a bigoted fashion that tells everyone that you are doing more reacting then thinking and showing a lacking of discipline of self and immaturity.

          There wasn’t much I could say or do about Rachael and her “Toxic Shame” over her lips except talk it out and listen to her when I had the opportunity . ~ Come to find out ~ her lips have been the center of interest many times in the past. ~ and now she is very self conscience about her lips after years of ridicule by her own people.

          “Toxic Shame” can only be administrated by those you love the most, ~ ones lover or your family ~ and it’s extremely damaging to the soul and very hard to wash clean.

          so ~ yea she’s got big lips ~ the luck of the draw and the Grace of God.

      • Native Blood

        NC says in part, “Do you honor your family HERITAGE? HOW MANY BLACKS DOES IT CONTAIN?”
        NC, you hollered that one! Is it of some consequence that ones’ family heritage is in absentia of black blood? Heaven forbid if someone happens to be Irish. (The most discriminated race ever in the history of this country’s history)
        Your obvious racism is beaming dude!

        • Adeen

          I agree. NC is an obvious racist.

      • Nadzieja Batki

        Cut the crap out, you have no idea how human migrations and wars dispersed the populations and made up the countries and how races exist.

        People, we are dealing with lowlife named NC, let’s not feed his wormy ego. If he wants to talk, let him talk to himself.

    • NC

      Freedom, who are the “we” that need to look at your list? If you substituted “white” where you have “black” would such a list be
      of any concern to the “whites” you speak to? Were they concerned when it was that way?? I missed the complaining by the conservatives if there was any at the time and being a 77 years old who has live my life in the south I would have been aware of any complaining by white conservatives that “white only” was bad!!! DIDN’T HEAR A PEEP!!!!!
      So by inserting black into that list it is you and your CONSERVATIVE ilk here who are the racists by making it a “black: verses white issue!!

      • FreedomFighter

        “who are the “we” that need to look at your list?”

        The readers of Personal Liberty Blog comments you nit.

        “racists by making it a “black: verses white issue
        Sorry NC, Blacks are the one screaming constantly about “white privilege”, “Its Whities Fault”, and playing the “race card constantly while defending Oblamer.
        BtW it was Republicans that set the slaves free, not a democrat among them.
        Laus DeoSemper FI

    • Native Blood

      Toilets? We are all racists in our own way but we have learned to tone it down. It flares up and inflames those passions against another race when they seem to get high favoritism and now, when it seems to the population controllers, that we seem to be getting along OK, they use the tools of government owned programs and preferences to tick whitey off.
      Right now, the Senate is successful in fanning the flames further with pardoning illegals from multiple felony crimes. (e.g. identity theft, social security fraud, scamming the EIC program etc)

      The Senate must know this will be a sensitive area with taxpayers.
      Speaking of racial targeting, wanna bet the media will start a minor Zimmerman riot if he is not severely sentenced for the Martin incident?

  • jdn

    Blacks are not racist , a white man can walk safely through any black neighborhood any time of the day . Everyone is friendly and says hello with warm smiles or a nod and a wave of the hand .

  • SmithWinston6478

    Most Americans don’t care about physical appearance as long as someone interacts like a considerate, self-reliant human being. Considerate, motivated individuals of any appearance can succeed in this country.

    Many young blacks excuse themselves from civilized conduct with the rest of us by referring to wrongs of the past they weren’t part of, nor was anyone else alive today. That’s particularly conspicuous to Americans who arrived after 1865. It was Republican Abraham Lincoln who courageously ended the brutal madness. He was assassinated by southern democrat slave holder John Wilkes Booth. During Reconstruction, southern democrats started the KKK.

    When a thieving, armed black teenager murdered an innocent caucasion infant in a stroller as his mother begged for mercy, no influential blacks like jackson, sharption, jarret, jones, or Trojan Horse owe-bow-mao came forward to condemn its utter monstrosity. They are indeed the most racist among us.

    Lyndon Johnson’s ‘War on Poverty’ and ‘Great Society’ cost American
    taxpayers 11 Trillion dollars since the ‘60s, but has changed NOTHING about black’s victimization mind-set. They still vote to remain beholden to the big house, and don’t know why they get categorized negatively.

    Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. must be sommersaulting in his grave.

    • Vigilant

      Be so kind as to reference your source on the claim that Booth was a slaveholder.

  • Deerinwater

    Only Rasmussen would poll two wolfs and a sheep about their dinning preferences.

  • NC

    Sam, the only thing more slanted toward the Conservative view than a Rasmussen ‘survey(?)” is a FAUX NOISE “CALL IN” POLL DURING THE HANNITY SHOW!

    • Jeff

      Sounds more like a Chris Rock comedy routine than a meaningful poll.

  • zonkedout1

    Race is a distraction. I believe that people in power cause divisiveness even when there is none to be had. Any racial friction I see today is contrived entitlements gone crazy. Just remember, nobody owes you anything and put the bat down.

    • sandrahenley11

      I agree with your assessment, racism is a ploy by the controlling elite to create divisiveness. This is but one of an agenda that plots to reduce the human race through war, pollution. abortion and ungodliness. They pit people against one another polictically, religions, gun rights etc. They create chaos and crisis around the world preparing for the NWO and one world dictator.

    • Nadzieja Batki

      By the time someone takes up a bat in hand there has been a lot prethought involved so a bat in hand is a decision to action to harm another human being.

  • TheSilverRanger

    So, it’s official. Blacks have become their own worst enemy, and wound up becoming the very thing they have hated and sworn never to become: as racist as the white man. Good job, black people…way to go, idiots………way to go… And NOW you wonder why black people get discriminated against. As Michael Jackson once said it, start with that man in the mirror and ask him to make that change. Stop acting like a bunch of walking stereotypes.

  • jerry1944

    I think the news ppl help keep it going so they can have storys to keep on the news But it does seem blacks do have a attitude most of the time wanting to get there way and everyone is trying to screw them Just ask anyone of them

  • Dr Moon

    I don’t understand the Liberal mindset or that of the Media when it comes to Blacks. Liberals seem the believe Whites owe Blacks for Slavery 150 years ago so they allow them to do whatever they want with no percussion’s. Look at the high percentages of violent crimes committed by Blacks as opposed to any other racial group. But the Media never states the race of the perpetrator when they’re Black, even when there is large groups of Blacks attacking an elderly White man, it gets swept under the rug. If Obama wasn’t Black he would have been impeached long ago. Now because of the Medias covering for Blacks racism is becoming official conduct by our Government. Obama is giving hiring preferences to Black X-cons over Whites by making it illegal to check the backgrounds of Black Males. When a White police officer arrest a Black Man, its nearly a guarantee the DOJ will initiate a Civil Rights Investigation. This has caused police to let Blacks do what they want for fear of losing their pensions. Obama is by far the most racist president in History. The Media doesn’t realize that by patronizing Blacks it only widens the racism gap by making Whites angry for giving Blacks a pass. This Trayvon Martin case is a travesty because the media has antagonized Blacks so they’ll riot. For myself and most people I know, we don’t have a problem with skin color. We have a problem with Blacks attitude, getting advantages for nothing, affirmative action, getting penalized for something we had nothing to do with. And listening to Blacks constantly complain about America. If more Black people were like Allen West, Walter Williams, Clarence Thomas, Thomas Sowell, who worked hard, studied in school, and didn’t ask for freebies or favors. These men played the game on equal footing and proved they can be successful without all of the unfair advantages. But when I see Al Sharpton who got rich from a outright lie that cost people their lives. A racist who hates Jews, Whites who never pays a dime in Taxes and gets away scott free. Jesse Jackson and JJ Jr., the Black Caucus members in Congress who are all racist and that no one is qualified to run a flee market much less our Nation. These idiots shouldn’t even vote much less get elected. Look at how many Black Democrat Elected Officials who have made it rich but still get caught trying to cheat the system or steal from some Charity, skirt taxes and on and on. Nearly 100% of Black Caucus members have been indicted for some crime. That’s what makes us angry.

  • Stuart Shepherd

    Interestingly, foreign-born blacks (my wife is from Nigeria and I know a lot of people from africa) are, if anything, just the REVERSE- prejudiced (racist, I suppose) against black americans. I’ve noticed it as a fairly strong sentiment. Personally, I get along with black people- foreign OR domestic (!) MUCH better than white people, in general, because so many white people are messed up liberals or quasi-liberals. Their “lack of prejudice” is often a very condescending one, and is actually, therefore racism!! It depends on how you view racism- hostility vs condescension!!

  • Average_Joe56

    57 years of observation:

    Blacks who live in the countryside:
    Generally, not racist.
    Hard working,
    God fearing
    A mix of conservative / Liberal
    Even tempered and well mannered.

    Blacks who live in suburbia:
    Generally not racist ( maybe a bit, but minimal)
    Hard working. (usually college educated)
    Religion lax
    Mostly conservative
    Even tempered and well mannered. (unless they feel slighted).

    Urban dwelling Blacks:
    Generally extremely racist.
    Mostly on the public dole and believe that they are “Owed” free stuff.
    Have no idea who God is and couldn’t care less.
    Always liberal and vote based on who’s offering the most “Free Stuff”.
    Ill mannered and violent…thug wannabe’s.
    It appears to me that geography plays a big part of racism. The closer you get to the cities, the higher the occurrence of racism ( I have noticed this within the white race as well). The closer that people live together, the higher the friction between those people. As people spread out, the tension seems to lesson as well as attitudes and life choices in general seem to improve.
    Just my observations.

    • Motov

      That’s pretty much it in a nutshell, Liberals cry “racism” at a drop of a hat. Which is probably why “racism” will never go away. If they tried focusing on positive things? I know, I am asking for too much here,….