Nearly half of the American people said that the issue of racism was a growing concern in the country, according to a recent poll conducted by CNN.
The poll was conducted in collaboration with The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. When asked, “Is racism a big problem in America today?” as many as 49 percent of people responded in the affirmative. In contrast to 2011, the same statistic stood at 28 percent, 21 points lower than what it is today.
The poll further reveals that racism is “something of a problem” in society by 33 percent of the people, while 9 percent believe that it is only a small problem. Seven percent do not see racism as a problem and 2 percent are those who either do not know whether it is a problem or those who refuse to answer.
More Hispanics and blacks say that racism is an issue of concern in the country. While 64 percent Hispanics and 66 percent blacks believe discrimination on the basis of race is a pressing issue, 43 percent whites expresse the same. In 1995, less than half of the Hispanics responded that way. Among the blacks, the numbers stood at 68 percent in 1995, which slumped to 50 percent in 2001 and rose again to 66 percent this year.
More than half of the people said there is more tension between races in the United States than it was in the past 10 years. On the other hand, a quarter of the population believes tensions have remained the same.
Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, a professor of sociology at Duke University, describes the situation as “new racism.” He said, “After the 1960s and early 1970s, somehow we developed the mythology that systemic racism disappeared.” However, he also added, “The main problem nowadays is not the folks with the hoods, but the folks dressed in suits.”
The findings of the poll, conducted between August 25 and October 3 this year, are based on the responses of 1,951 adults selected at random, the Huffington Post reports.