Anti-Black and Anti-White Bias

Anti-Black and Anti-White Bias

A study finds that white America views anti-Black and anti-white bias as a zero-sum game.

Published May 25, 2011

A new study finds that both Black and white Americans believe that there has been progress when addressing anti-Black bias, but whites believe that it has come at a cost to them.


The study found that though there was a sharp decrease in anti-Black bias from the 1950s to 2000s, there was a sharp increase in perceived anti-white bias.


Black Americans believed that on a scale from one to 10, the anti-Black bias was about 9.7. They believed that it dropped to around 6.1 in 2000.


White Americans believed that the black-bias dropped even more from 9.1 in the 1950s, to 3.6 in 2000.


Sounds like a good study, right? Well, whites believed that though there has been a decline in anti-Black bias, there has been an increase in anti-white bias.


The researchers randomly sampled 209 whites and 208 blacks and concluded that, “Whites’ conceptions of racism are extreme enough that Whites have now come to view anti-White bias as a bigger societal problem than anti-Black bias.”


Can’t win for losing? I’d say.


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Written by Danielle Wright


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