I mentioned a book during our coffee chat called The Anger Gap. You may remember me citing a survey result of the African American community that I found horrifying: that 81% of African Americans believe they will experience racial discrimination during the rest of their lives. You expressed skepticism, wanting to know how the survey was put together. I am copying/pasting here a few images of pages discussing this survey, and there’s more info elsewhere throughout the book.
Definitely eager to hear any questions you have. This number follows me a lot during my studies of American History and how racism has shaped it. People have different answers for why negative disparities remain between the African American communities and others; I won’t say I fully understand them, but I don’t believe for a second that those differences are disconnected from the legal discrimination they experienced until the 60s and (somewhat arguably) until today. And I don’t believe they are disconnected from the issues that many see as specific to the black community in America—gang culture, drugs, prisons, sky-high rates of single motherhood, and so on. Anyhow, I’d love to hear your thoughts, and thanks for reading.
Here is the 81% stat:
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