Two cheer(ers) for overcoming racism… • The Huffington PostA new and likely soon-to-be controversial survey claims that according to Americans, blacks are seen as more racist than whites. And before the obvious criticism can be laid in response to the news, the perception appears to hold true even among African-Americans.
“Thirty-seven percent of poll respondents said ‘most black Americans” are racist,’ according to a U.S. News & World Report review of the data, “compared to just fifteen percent who said most whites are racist and eighteen percent who said most Hispanics are racist.”
Furthermore, “black respondents ranked their own demographic as more likely to be racist,” with 31 percent of African-American respondents claiming most blacks are racist where only 24 percent of such respondents said the same of whites.One caveat: The poll was conducted by Rasmussen, an organization that’s been accused in the past of having a right-leaning bias. Still, a focus on personal racial animus is wrongheaded in any case, claims a spokesman for the ANSWER Coalition (“Act Now to Stop War and End Racism”), which, for full disclosure’s sake in the spirit of the Rasmussen charge, has ties to the Marxist Workers World Party.
“Personal hatred isn’t really the issue,” stated ANSWER’s Eugene Puryear. “The issue of racism is about poverty and inequality.”
How to even describe racism remains a problematic gulf between those on opposite ends of the political spectrum. While many on the right tend to see it as a conscious and malicious defect of one’s personality, those on the left believe racism can be “structural,” or an emergent fact of life not necessarily the result of any intent to harm.Via U.S. News & World Report.