Social issues can only be remedied by a collective acceptance of those opinions we view as opposing our own.
Racism is—and probably always will be—a hot topic here in the United States of America; it's a topic I don't see leaving the forum of public discussion any time in the foreseeable future. Not only is it one of the most hotly debated topics, it is the most divisive topic to be discussing by its own nature. That being said, it is worth discussing in a myriad of different contexts, and I set out to get answers to a question that has been burning in the back of my mind for quite some time.
The question I set out to get answers to was, "Which American demographic is the most racist, if any one demographic can be labelled as such?"
Before I share with you the answers I received to that question, I want to explain how I went about obtaining the answers I received. I used a vast array of multicultural, multiracial, and overall open and honest individuals who aren't afraid to seem racist when expressing controversial views.
How I Obtained the Data for This Article
I've never been a big fan of formality as it concerns sociopolitics and social issues, so when asking which American demographic is the most racist I refused to touch on things like hate crimes, racial violence, and other empirical statistics from agencies that monitor such information. Though that information is important, the subjective perceptions of those in your community are more pressing than any statistic will ever be. After all, those in your immediate community are the ones who have an immediate effect on your life.
When going about my data collection for this article, I asked individuals who self-identified within specific races to answer a series of questions. These questions were developed in order to offer people a fair chance to defend their opinions on racism and race. The questions I asked every participant were as follows:
- What is your race?
- What is your birth gender?
- What is your age?
- Do you feel racism is a problem in America?
- Are there races that you feel are more racist than others, and if so please explain?
- Have you ever been labeled as racist by someone else, or self-identify as racist?
- Is racism in America increasing, or decreasing?
- What, in your opinion, is the solution to racism in America?
- If you had to choose, which American demographic do you feel is the most racist, or presents the biggest problems as it concerns racism?
These nine questions were asked to participants in both private and public settings of their choice, and recorded by myself in audio and written format. Each participant agreed to have their identity made anonymous for their safety, and any identifying information has been altered or removed so as to avoid any personal conflicts. Even further, I took the information and processed it down to a more concise presentation, and based upon the responses from each individual within each racial demographic I answered each question in a generalized, but fair way according to the data collected.
Races Involved in the Data Collection Process
It was surprisingly difficult to pinpoint the races of individuals within my community due to my rule that they had to self-identify what their race is. Many individuals struggled with being multiracial, and none of them had actually thought to narrow it down to something that resembled where their ancestry hailed from, and/or what their skin color was perceived as being. I received a lot of answers that were along the lines of, "Well, I'm a Mexican, European, African American," and so I had to narrow down the options to something more simple.
The races involved in the data collection process for finding out which American demographic is the most racist are as follows:
- African American/African/Black
- Hispanic/Latino/Mexican/South American
- Asian American/Asian
- Indian/Middle Eastern/Mediterranean
- Non-white/Unspecified/Prefer not to answer
At first I had thought it might be interesting to let everyone identify with multiple races, but I quickly found that almost everyone identified as more than one race. White and Asian-identifiers were the only ones who did not identify as multiple races as often as everyone else, which was surprising in and of itself. However, for the sake of simplicity, and to get a clearer picture for racial demographics, I kept it simple and took the answers from one-hundred individuals of each self-identifying racial group.
Without further ado, let's explore my general findings for which American demographic is the most racist.