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80% of Americans Say Black People Experience at Least ‘Some’ Discrimination

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A new survey by the Pew Research Center has found that nearly 80% of Americans believe that Black people experience at least some discrimination in the U.S.

Of that percentage, 46% say that Black people face “a lot” of discrimination, and 33% say they experience “some.”

14% of Americans say Black people face “only a little” discrimination, and 5% say they experience none at all.

The survey comes nearly a year after the start of one of the most tumultuous summers in recent history, when millions of people took to the streets to protest in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

It also found that 30% of people say that Hispanic people face “a lot” of discrimination. For Asians, the results came out to 27%, and for white people, the results came out to 14%.

For “some” discrimination, 46% voted for Hispanic people, 44% voted for Asian people, and 26% voted for white people.

The survey included American adults of white, Black, Asian, and Hispanic descent, and was conducted from March 1-7, 2021, prior to President Biden’s March 10 address in which he condemned violence against Asian Americans, and prior to the Atlanta shootings this week in which six Asian women were killed.

18% of people said that Hispanic people experience “only a little” discrimination. 22% said the same about Asians, and 30% said the same about White people.

29% of respondents said that white people do not experience any discrimination at all. For the same response, all other ethnic groups had voting percentiles in the single digits.

The survey found that though a majority of all Americans say Black people experience at least some discrimination, Black Americans are much more likely to say Black people experience a lot of discrimination. 54% of Hispanic adults, half of Asian adults and 38% of white adults say the same.

In July 2020, the Pew Research Center also conducted a survey on whether Black and Asian Americans say they experienced discrimination amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which disproportionately affected Black and Brown people.

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