I’ve recently noticed a disturbing trend among people on the right. It involves particular attitudes about race that I previously saw only on the left. I’ve already written about white identity politics and conservative snowflakery, but today, I’m going to write about a topic that I never believed would be necessary.
Many conservatives believe that blacks are more racist than every other race in the country. I’ve noticed many right-wingers expressing this sentiment in the comments sections on various conservative news sites. Yes, I know better than to make a judgment based off of people making comments. But a study appears to bear out my hypothesis.
This belief is an issue for a couple of different reasons: 1. It isn’t true, and 2. We are playing right into the left’s attempts to divide us further.
Blacks Are The Most Racist Group…According To Conservatives
Many white conservatives — and even some black ones — have adopted the belief that the majority of blacks are racist. During one of my boredom-induced forays into the comments section on one of the blogs I frequent, I had a civil exchange with a person who made this claim.
After I asked him why he believed blacks are more racist, he cited our “appetite for race hustling and Democrat politics.” I’ll be blunt. That’s a silly argument. I pointed out that while most blacks vote Democrat, the majority of us do not engage in race hustling.
“96% of blacks voted for the Democrats in 2016, despite the fact that the first black president screwed them over,” he wrote in response. “It’s a race thing. Race plays into ALL of it, especially the Democrats and their race grouping and pandering to black voters, and black voters go along with that.”
That was a slightly better argument, but still flawed. Voting for Democrats does not make one racist — indeed, blacks have been voting for this party for decades even though they are screwing us over. Before Obama, none of those presidents were black. Democrats DO pander to black voters by convincing them that the United States hates them. However, buying into this lie is foolish — not racist.
In 2013, Rasmussen released the results of a poll showing that Americans consider blacks more to be “more likely to be racist than whites and Hispanics” in the United States. According to the poll, the results ran along party lines.
Among conservatives, 49% believed that most blacks are racist. 21% of liberals viewed the majority of blacks as the most racist. However, this isn’t the most interesting statistic.
31% of black Americans think most blacks are racist while 24% believe that most whites are racist. The plot thickens! It appears that blacks are harder on ourselves than whites are. The statistics on Americans’ perceptions of racism are compelling, but what do the facts say?
Are Blacks Really More Racist Than Everyone Else?
Believe it or not, it wasn’t all that easy to find studies measuring racial attitudes among various races. I managed to find an Associated Press poll from 2012 that examined this issue. This study looked at implicit bias in blacks and whites. The poll demonstrated that America’s beliefs about racism might not be accurate.
The results showed that 59% of non-Hispanic whites “expressed anti-black sentiments.” 47% of blacks expressed anti-white sentiments. But there was another twist.
30% of whites displayed anti-white prejudice while 43% of blacks showed anti-black bias. So a significant portion of both blacks and whites are racist against their own race! The bottom line? We’re all a bunch of raging bigots. Nevertheless, blacks are not more bigoted than every other group.
Why Do People View Blacks As More Racist?
There don’t appear to be any studies examining why people view blacks as more racist, but it isn’t too difficult to form a viable theory on the matter. For starters, it is socially acceptable in American society for black Americans to openly express racist views and the loudest of the racist blacks seem to get the most attention.
On television, film, and in music, many black entertainers have said demeaning things about whites. Moreover, many blacks are a part of the social justice movement, which routinely demonizes whites. They minimize the voices of whites in conversations about the issues. On college campuses, black students have stated that they don’t want to room with white students. And we see many examples of this type of behavior in the conservative media we consume.
Secondly, most whites don’t have many friends who are minorities. The Washington Post published a piece discussing a study showing that the average white person has 91 white friends and “one each of black, Latino, Asian, mixed race, and other races.” On the other hand, the average black person has eight white friends, two Latino friends, zero Asian friends, and three mixed-race friends.
This has nothing to do with racism — it has to do with how our population is distributed. There are far more whites in the United States than any other race, so it makes sense that they are less likely to have fewer minority friends — especially if they live in areas where there at not a lot of minorities. The reality is that most whites don’t know a lot of black people. So they have to base their judgments on the few blacks they befriend, the images of blacks they see on television, and in the media they consume.
Racial Finger-Pointing Isn’t Helping Anyone — Except The Left
Let’s face it. We all have certain prejudices. It doesn’t make us bad people; it makes us human. These biases won’t automatically turn us into David Duke or Louis Farrakhan.
There is a distinct difference between simple prejudice and actual racism.
This practice of claiming that one group is more racist than anyone else isn’t productive. Is there anything gained from blacks claiming that whites are more racist, or vice versa? It is only the left – who has worked hard to divide Americans for decades – who benefits from this. In the past few years, they have stepped up their efforts to foment resentment, distrust, and even hatred among Americans. This knee-jerk finger pointing is playing right into their hands.
They want minorities to think most whites are racist. They want whites to think most minorities are racist. They want all of us to embrace their destructive ideology of identity politics. By pitting us against one another, they can seize more influence by painting whites as the enemy while positioning themselves as the messianic entity who will protect minorities from the big bad white man.
Is there a solution? Yes. We need to give each other the benefit of the doubt and look at one another as individuals, not just part of a group. Assume that the other person isn’t racist until they give you valid reasons to believe differently. It doesn’t have to be as hard as it sounds. Regrettably, it seems that this won’t happen anytime soon. The left is currently winning this battle. So when will we start pushing back?