Slim majority sees reckoning over racial history as a positive | The Numbers Racket

Among Black adults surveyed, 75 percent said heightened public attention to the topics of slavery and racism is a good thing, with 54 percent saying it is “very good” for society. 

By: - September 20, 2021 6:30 am

People rally against ‘critical race theory’ at the Loudoun County Government Center in Leesburg, Va. on June 12, 2021 (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images/The Conversation).

An August survey conducted by the Pew Research Center shows a deep divide among Americans over drawing attention to the United States’ centuries-old history of slavery and racism. 

Conducted between July 8 to July 18, 2021, a total of 10,221 panelists responded out of  the 11,692 who were sampled. The margin of sampling error for the full sample of 10,221 respondents is plus or minus 1.5 percentage points.

More than 400 years after the first Africans were brought to what would become the United States on slave ships, 53 percent of American adults say that increased attention to that history is a good thing for society while 26 percent say the opposite. 

Among Black adults surveyed, 75 percent said heightened public attention to the topics of slavery and racism is a good thing, with 54 percent saying it is “very good” for society. 

Additionally, 64 percent of Asian Americans and 59 percent of Hispanics view the attention positively, compared to 46 percent of white adults, according to the report.

The split also falls among partisan lines, according to Pew data. 

Only a quarter of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents say greater attention to the history of slavery and racism is a good thing, while 46 percent view it negatively. 

Another 29 percent view it as neither good nor bad. 

Among Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents, 78 percent say it is good for society compared with 9 percent who view it negatively. 

Another 13 percent of those view it as neither good nor bad.

The report also found that younger adults were more likely to hold a positive view on increased attention to the history of slavery and racism in the U.S. than older adults with two-third of those 18-29 viewing the increased attention as a good thing for society compared with about half of adults over the age of 30. 

Among Republicans ages 18-29, 42 percent saw the increased public attention to America’s racial history as somewhat or very good, compared to 80 percent of Democrats of the same age group. 

Of Republicans 50 or older, 41 percent saw the increased public attention as a somewhat or very good thing, compared with 152 percent of Democrats over 50. 

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Cassie Miller
Cassie Miller

A native Pennsylvanian, Cassie Miller worked for various publications across the Midstate before joining the team at the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. In her previous roles, she has covered everything from local sports to the financial services industry. Miller has an extensive background in magazine writing, editing and design. She is a graduate of Penn State University where she served as the campus newspaper’s photo editor. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in professional journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In addition to her role at the Capital-Star, Miller enjoys working on her independent zines, Dead Air and Infrared. Follow her on Twitter: @Wordsby_CassieM.

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