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Study: Whites Now Believe ‘Reverse Racism’ A Bigger Problem Than Anti-Black Racism

May 27, 2011 by  

Study: Whites Now Believe ‘Reverse Racism’ A Bigger Problem Than Anti-Black Racism

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 University’s School of Arts and Sciences and Harvard Business School. But the researchers found that whites believe so-called “reverse racism” 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 “to indicate the extent to which they felt blacks and whites were the targets of discrimination in each decade from the 1950s to the 2000s.”

The researchers found that white participants “believed that racism against whites has increased significantly as racism against blacks has decreased,” suggesting whites believe racial equality between blacks and whites to be a “zero-sum game,” in which one group’s gains correspond to another’s losses.

“It’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,” said Tufts Associate Professor of Psychology Samuel Sommers, who co-authored the study with Michael I. Norton of Harvard.

“These 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,” the researchers said.

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  • Scott

    No Joke? Are you really kidding? The poor little brother.? 90% OF ALL VIOLENT CRIME IS BLACK ON WHITE! MR. Bill Clinton even released the study when he was president. Oh, Yeah, I forgot to ell Blacks have NEVER wanted equal rights, they have always wanted special rights……and that’s not what Martin Luther King wanted or stood for.

  • Jim

    My wife was reverse targeted by black shoplifters who frequent Victoria Secrets. Seems that she was too good at spoting theives in action and this anoyed the shoplifting community. Since Victoria Secrets has a zero confortation polciy (aka shoplifters rule) the shoplifters found a loudmouth who staged a fake confrontation which resulted in my wife being dismissed.

    I am not racist, but the majority of shoplifters at this particular store are black, as was the women who targeted my wife. She loitered in the store for over two hours before staging her attack. During her verbal assault on my wife she claimed to have been former law enforcement and that she had a $2000 purse. Why anyone would have a $2000 purse let alone bring it out to the local mall is beyond me.

    • James

      That’s a nice little fantasy.

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