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Whites believe they are victims of racism more than blacks, study says

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A recent study published by researchers from Tufts University's School of Arts and sciences and Harvard Business School, whites are more likely than blacks to believe that they are victims of racism. The researchers conducted a national sample of 209 whites and 208 blacks, with the purpose determining to what extent racial discrimination has changed in each decade from the 1950s to the 2000s. Both races agreed that that there was very little racism against whites in the 1950s and a great deal of racism against blacks in the same decade, with both races likewise agreeing that racism has subsided a great deal in the decades following, with whites believing that racism has subsided more than blacks.

Interestingly enough, white participants in the study believed that decrease in racism against blacks was positively correlated with an increase in racism against whites. White participants were even more likely to say that bias against whites was more prevalent in thte 2000s than discrimination against blacks, with 11 percent of whites providing a maximum rating of 10, on a scale measuring perceived discrimination against oneself from 1 to 0, as opposed to only 2 percent of whites who rated racism against blacks at 10. While blacks did oftentimes note an increase in racism against whites, the increase was modest compared to whites.

Tufts University. (2011, May 23). Whites believe they are victims of racism more often than blacks, study suggests. ScienceDaily. Retrieved July 9, 2014 from

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