More Whites Believe 'Reverse Racism' Is Costing Them Jobs

reverse racismWhether you're in a minority or a majority, it seems that here in America we all feel discriminated against. A recent study conducted at a couple of very prestigious schools found that now whites believe they have replaced blacks as the primary victims of racial discrimination in America. This is mostly exhibited in the workplace, they say, but many believe it can be found in legal, social and educational situations as well.

The study, conducted by researchers at Tufts University's School of Arts and Sciences and Harvard Business School, shows that America has not achieved the "post-racial" society that some predicted in the wake of Barack Obama's election, according to the authors of the study.

At least whites and blacks agree on one thing: Both feel that anti-black racism has decreased over the last 60 years. However, whites believe that anti-white racism has increased and is now a bigger problem than anti-black racism.

"It's a pretty surprising finding when you think of the wide range of disparities that still exist in society, most of which show black Americans with worse outcomes than whites in areas such as income, homeownership, health and employment," said Tufts Associate Professor of Psychology Samuel Sommers, Ph.D. He's co-author with Michael I. Norton of Harvard of the article, "Whites See Racism as a Zero-Sum Game That They Are Now Losing," which appears in the May 2011 issue of the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science.

Researchers were surprised to find that whites believed that racism against whites has increased significantly as racism against blacks has decreased. On average, whites rated anti-white bias as more prevalent in the 2000s than anti-black bias by more than a full point on the 10-point scale. Moreover, some 11 percent of whites gave anti-white bias the maximum rating of 10 compared to only 2 percent of whites who rated anti-black bias a 10. Blacks, however, reported only a modest increase in their perceptions of "reverse racism."

"These data are the first to demonstrate that not only do whites think more progress has been made toward equality than do blacks, but whites also now believe that this progress is linked to a new inequality -- at their expense," note Norton and Sommers. Whites see racial equality as a zero-sum game, in which gains for one group mean losses for the other.

Although these findings might take some by surprise, you can find hints of it in the U.S. legal system. The authors of the survey note that claims of so-called reverse racism, while not new, have been at the core of an increasing number of high-profile Supreme Court cases.

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Carrie Novella Patte

im sorry, but im bi racial (my mother is white and my father is black)and im not defending nor complimenting neither party at target but I HAVE NEVER HEARD OF SUCH BS IN ALL MY LIFE. I cant believe this article was actually posted. Racism is real and its in our homes its in our schools and its in our lives every day. And until you walk a mile in some one elses shoes, you shouldnt try to point the finger at the other person. you might lose.

July 15 2012 at 1:37 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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Frodo

Maybe you should take your own advice. These people are allowed to have their own feelings on this issue. Feelings are neither right nor wrong - they just are. Many people feel that it's way past time for blacks to stop pulling the race card every time they don't get their way. If you truly opened your own eyes, you may see that there is some truth in what is being said.

July 23 2013 at 9:13 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Taylor

Can't we all just be friends...

October 24 2011 at 9:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
DavidB

Racism is racism, be it by Bull Conner or Barak Obama, George Wallace or Jeremiah Wright, Al Gore Sr. or Jesse Jackson.

June 12 2011 at 7:27 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
CeeCee

Two words: Norman Psychosis!

June 12 2011 at 5:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Larry

People are just now seeing this??? This state and country has got to have the dumbest people on earth living in it.

June 10 2011 at 1:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Democrats Started th

testywesty: What job did you have GIVEN to you as apparently you are part of the reverse racism the article is about. The story is dead on. Anybody that can't see it is either a black racist themselves or a white liberal who exists with its head up its rectum.

June 08 2011 at 1:11 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
testywesty

This article is such garbage. What examples of this "racism" did the author site? In what ways, specifically do these "whites" experience so called reverse racism? None. The very idea is absurd. . She only cited a bunched of bizarre and unclear 'statistics'. Any "prestigious school" has a lion's share of white students as any look at Ivy League stats will clearly demonstrate.
This was the most useless article about racism I've ever read. It didn't shed light on any thing, certainly didn't inform me and worst of all may have caused more devisions.

June 07 2011 at 7:59 AM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply
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Brackens

So why are there over 60 "Black" colleges? Proudly proclaimed "Black" colleges. Just let one, yup, one college proclaim to be a "White" college and watch the stuff hit the fan. Kinda like the Miss Black America pageant. No White girls allowed. However, Miss America allows all, regardless of race, color or creed. I got lots more examples if you are actually this ignorant.

July 23 2013 at 3:36 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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g2morrison

Brackens, first of all, this 'study is bogus' there are only stats based upon opinions, which the last time I checked don't amount to facts; but, a sampling of opinions. Secondly, there are 106 HBCU's in this country. Not 60, as you proport. Secondly, HBCU's do NOT , allow me to repeat myself, Do NOT discourage diversity. They accept all who are qualified into their population. I had quite a few white classmates at my HBCU in the 80's, why? Because it was FREE as their parent was on faculty. Please don't start Black colleges vs. White colleges without having all of the facts.

July 23 2013 at 4:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down
scott

i,m confused with all the racism .i know there are colleges for every body then there are colleges for blacks ,and the colleges that are for every body still have special groups for blacks. but for no one else of nationality . is it like this in other counties besides the .usa please someone from another country let me know.

June 06 2011 at 6:31 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Bill

Wow. This is hot topic.
Regardless of whom you ask, everyone will always feel they are being oppressed, and no one will ever admit to bias. (When's the last time you heard anyone admit "Yeah. I'm a racist.")

That being said, it's interesting that blacks seem to feel the onus of defending alleged reverse discrimination. This is coupled with whites who feel the target of reverse discrimination leaping to the conclusion of blaming blacks. In reality, if whites feel they are being discriminated against, then they should take it up with the whites who own the corporation or run the government or are in charge of the golf club. Seldom are blacks in charge of ANY of these alleged reverse discrimination sources.

I would like to point out that as a country which is less than 60 years since the last reported lynching, (if you don't count the black man dragged to death in Texas) black equality MAY have a minor additional room for improvement. I do recognize that when you have everything, as whites did for so long in this country, the only way for them to go, statistically, is down, and the faster the playing field is leveled, the more disruptive the ride for the group facing the reduction in power/prestige/etc. So be it. The tighter you stretch the rubber band the more the "Ouch" when it snaps, is the lesson to be learned there.

It is normal for a group feeling under pressure of this sort to seek to lash out at the perceived source of their discomfort. Keep in mind that we are still one nation and there are always those who would fan the flames of discord and relish the thought of various sections of our country turning inward on itself to tear itself apart. Even on topics such as this we must ask ourselves, "What is best for our country?" "What lesson can be learned here which will make our nation better, for all?"

June 06 2011 at 3:05 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Toosexxie

What kind of study was this? If you ask me, the research seems to be bias. People need to be honest with them self and other as well. And stop trying hypnotize ," one's own opinion " into believing that it's own stereotype is actually not proven evidence .

Now to be honest . Depending on what type of minority you are, some do suffer more discrimination then others. But as far as re-verse racism. Not saying that it inevitable that whites do or don't suffer any discrimination. But i find it hard to believe. that you were unable to get hired because they have to hire more minority .

As being a person who is not a minority, you have to admit that we do have it easier with obtaining employment , housing and business opportunity, as well as a better education then African American do . I have to admit, I did witness thousand of discrimination against them more so then us.

June 06 2011 at 12:46 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
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CeeCee

That's huge that you'd admit that you've witnessed "thousand[s] of [incidences involving] discrimination against [minorities] more so than [whites]". It's also commendable, becuase anyone with common sense knows that is a true statement and only those who deceive themselves and are destined to go on being decieved would say otherwise. So it is written, so it is done.

June 12 2011 at 5:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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