Study: Whites Now Believe ‘Reverse Racism’ A Bigger Problem Than Anti-Black Racism
May 27, 2011 by Special To Personal Liberty
A new study shows many whites now believe they have replaced blacks as the primary victims of racial discrimination in America.
Both whites and blacks agree that anti-black discrimination has decreased over the past 60 years, according to researchers at Tufts Universityâ€™s School of Arts and Sciences and Harvard Business School. But the researchers found that whites believe so-called â€śreverse racismâ€ť is now a bigger problem than anti-black racism.
The study was conducted using a nationwide sample of 208 blacks and 209 whites. Researchers asked participants â€śto indicate the extent to which they felt blacks and whites were the targets of discrimination in each decade from the 1950s to the 2000s.â€ť
The researchers found that white participants â€śbelieved that racism against whites has increased significantly as racism against blacks has decreased,â€ť suggesting whites believe racial equality between blacks and whites to be a â€śzero-sum game,â€ť in which one groupâ€™s gains correspond to anotherâ€™s losses.
â€śIt’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,â€ť said Tufts Associate Professor of Psychology Samuel Sommers, who co-authored the study with Michael I. Norton of Harvard.
â€śThese data are the first to demonstrate that not only do whites think more progress has been made toward equality than do blacks, but whites also now believe that this progress is linked to a new inequality — at their expense,â€ť the researchers said.