Associated Press poll finds majority of Americans express prejudice whether they recognize it or not

I had to send this to my sister for it deals with the very topic we were talking about yesterday! Which was how (some) folks who express prejudice (and the ugly signs of racism) don’t actually realize they’re doing it…nor can they recognize they (even) possess the slightest hint of these attitudes, for they are hidden within the heart. 

Having lived in the south I see it all the time: many of these poor folks were raised in households where racial prejudice was common and openly expressed. And though they honestly believe they’ve “moved on” and “evolved” leaving all that behind, and now are totally accepting of all races, the roots still remain. In other words, the tree may indeed have been cut down, but the roots remain. Roots, which at the slightest “watering” threaten to spring to life. 

One thing I’ve noticed is being a Christian doesn’t seem to matter, for prejudice can be found among Christians just as often as it’s found among non-Christians. I do think the difference is Christians are more apt to be blind to actually harboring this type of sin and would be genuinely shocked if God were to reveal they possessed it. But you know folks, it really can’t be hidden from others. It seeps through in our words and actions like the odor of putrid water standing in a deserted well.  

Anyway, I know my sister will be interested in reading this and I thought you might too.     

WASHINGTON — Racial attitudes have not improved in the four years since the United States elected its first black president, an Associated Press poll finds, as a slight majority of Americans now express prejudice toward blacks whether they recognize those feelings or not.

Racial prejudice has increased slightly since 2008 whether those feelings were measured using questions that explicitly asked respondents about racist attitudes, or through an experimental test that measured implicit views toward race without asking questions about that topic directly. In all, 51 percent of Americans now express explicit anti-black attitudes, compared with 48 percent in a similar 2008 survey. When measured by an implicit racial attitudes test, the number of Americans with anti-black sentiments jumped to 56 percent, up from 49 percent during the last presidential election.

In both tests, the share of Americans expressing pro-black attitudes fell.

“As much as we’d hope the impact of race would decline over time … it appears the impact of anti-black sentiment on voting is about the same as it was four years ago,” said Jon Krosnick, a Stanford University professor who worked with AP to develop the survey.

Most Americans expressed anti-Hispanic sentiments, too. In an AP survey done in 2011, 52 percent of non-Hispanic whites expressed anti-Hispanic attitudes. That figure rose to 57 percent in the implicit test. The survey on Hispanics had no past data for comparison.

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4 comments on “Associated Press poll finds majority of Americans express prejudice whether they recognize it or not

  1. Yes, we all harbor racism – even Christians, as you point out. However, just because we do not agree with Obama’s policies does not make us automatically racist. This can be taken way too far. While there may be some underlying racism within those who dislike Obama, it is difficult to say given that many of these same people (myself included) would gladly vote for a conservative black like Alan West. So one has to be very careful making these charges. After all, if everything is racism, then nothing is.

    • Hi Scott, i wrote a reply to your comment earlier (yesterday) but somehow it got lost in the land of lost posts and comments. aha…

      However, just because we do not agree with Obama’s policies does not make us automatically racist.

      Of course not, you’re absolutely right. Many people will not vote for the president because of policy. But sadly Scott, others will be basing their vote solely upon the color of his skin. And i can say that based upon personal knowledge.

      Its both sad and actually kinda funny to ask folks here in KY, who you know for a certainty still hold to the old prejudices from 50-60 years ago, to tell you exactly “which policies” they disagree with. They’ll look at you like a deer caught in a headlight for about 5 seconds, and then just go off about how he’s a 1- muslim in disguise, 2- a “commie”, 3- a dirty socialist. And if they sense you’re a like-minded soul, they’ll even come right out and tell you its because (actual quote i heard) “i ain’t voting for no black man to run this country”.

      The fact is (if pressed) they don’t even know what his policies are, let alone if they agree or disagree with any of them.

      And im not picking on my state of Kentucky. That same scenario, or one similar, could be said to play out in any State among any group of people.

      The truth is, racism is still alive and well in this nation. People can deny it until they’re blue in the face, but they’d be wrong. And it most certainly exists within the church.

      Let me share something with you.

      Shortly after coming to the Lord i made a trip to Florida to visit my parents. While there i met a number of their neighbors, one in particular i really liked because she too was a Christian and attended the local Assembly of God church my parents went to. I would go next door to visit with her almost daily (she lived alone) and we’d sit around talking about the Lord and how wonderful living for Jesus was, etc etc. One particular day we got on the topic of heaven: how wonderful it would be, what a blessing it would be to see old friends and family members who had served God and passed on, etc.

      I can’t recall exactly how it came up, but i think i may have said something along the line of what a blessing it would be (also) for all God’s people to be as one…to be together through out eternity. She interrupted me to explain, no…we’d not “all” be together, for heaven was segregated.

      Well Scott, i about fell out of my chair. Ahaha…I was too young (both in years and in the Lord) to think of correcting her. She was elderly and had served God for more years then i’d been alive. And i’d been raised to respect my elders.

      I recall going back next door and telling my mom what she’d said and being told that kind of thinking was common among many Christians “down there”.

      My point is Scott, it was, and in many Christian circles, in the south and elsewhere, it still is. Not everything is “racism”, as you pointed out. But to deny it exists is to blindly accept it’s existence.

      I for one can no longer do that. And if we are born again children of God, its imperative we not accept it.

      And one last thing: Blatant in your face racism, as told above, is only one type of racism. There is another type we see more often today. And frankly i think its even worse. I’m referring to the kind which is subtle.

      When we hear people, including politicians and the TV talking-‘politico’-heads like the Sarah Palin’s and John Sununu’s refer to Obama as the “other” or say he’s “not like us”…that is subtle bigotry. The bigots and racists today, unlike the the elderly Christian lady i mentioned, have learned how to be (more) subtle about their bigotry.

  2. Ann Coulter, a texbook case of unchristian verbiage and self righteousness, says there is very little racism in America. In fact, she said there are more child molesters than racists in America. Ignorance is bliss.

    • I’m always suspicious of anyone who claims there is none to ‘very little’ racism still existing in America today. Its a pretty good indicator of blindness concerning hidden prejudices within themselves.

      As far as Anne Coulter, that poor woman makes some type of nasty remark about almost everyone: blacks, Muslims, women, liberals, you name it. I just think its a shame that along with her horrible prejudicial remarks, she claims to represent Christianity.

      Something i read which used her as an example of biblical illiteracy and how it leads to misrepresenting biblical theology, sums it up;

      Ann Coulter, a best selling political author, illustrates this point especially well. In spite of her claims to represent the Christian faith, her message is so completely alien to the Christian faith that Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist Tony Norman, after reading her book, Godless: The Church of Liberalism, complained,

      “Her exaggerations, hackery, lies and bad faith are dutifully pointed out by her critics every time she hits the book circuit, but the insincerity of her Christian profession is rarely commented upon..I can’t be a Christian in a world where Ann Coulter can call herself a Christian without fear of contradiction”

      While the apostle Paul argued that “the fruits of the spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control” Ann Coulter specializes in sarcasm, ridicule, mud-slinging, and hate mongering. …. (Richard Hughes, Christian America and the Kingdom of God)

      By the way Rick, thanks for commenting. I knew posting this wouldn’t generate many (if any) comments. Racism is a subject most people don’t like to discuss.

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