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Race in America-4 months after killing of George Floyd

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A new study released today by the Pew Research Center found that Americans remain divided about whether positive change will come from the renewed focus on race.

About one third think major change will come, 42% expect only minor change and 22% anticipate no change.

Yet there’s no denying that racial inequality is front and center in our lives. The Black Lives Matter movement has increased the public’s awareness of these issues, regardless of whether they see this as favorable and unfavorable.

The high profiling killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and the shooting of Jacob Blake has sparked called for major reforms.

In addition, Asian Americans are seeing anti-Asian hysteria at a level not seen to this extent in perhaps half a century. This no doubt has elevated the interest of Asian Americans in learning more about racial issues as a whole.

58% of Asians polled by Pew say in recent months they’ve paid more attention to racial issues. That’s statistically the same as Black people and more than Whites and Hispanics who are at 53% and 51%.

Six out of ten Asians, Blacks and Hispanics say they’ve discussed race issues with people outside their own race. About half the White say the same thing.

40% of Asians say they’ve been paying a lot of attention on race and race inequality issues. That’s about the same as Whites and Hispanics, but much less than the 64% of Black people.

Pew Racial attitudes survey Oct 2020

56% of Asians say the country has not gone far enough in achieving racial equality for Black people. That’s about the same as Hispanics, much more than Whites, but far less than Blacks.

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