Black Americans' Fear of Growing Racism Mounts
A new poll finds that Black adults worry they are marginalized
An overwhelming share of Black Americans think the U.S. economic system is stacked against them and a slim majority believe the problem of racism will worsen during their lives, according to a Washington Post-Ipsos poll that explored the attitudes of the country's second-largest minority group.
The poll finds that Black adults worry they are marginalized and under threat by acts of hate and discrimination in their day-to-day lives. Most also say it is more dangerous to be a Black teenager now than when they were teens.
Nonetheless, nearly half of Black Americans say it's also a "good time" to be a Black person in the country, up from 30 percent in 2020 when the U.S. was gripped by political divisions during Donald Trump's presidency and from 34 percent last spring after a white supremacist killed 10 Black people at a Buffalo grocery store. The poll was conducted among more than 1,200 Black adults over two weeks in late April and early May.
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