Chris Rock Is Right: White Americans Are a Lot Less Racist Than They Used to Be.
And still, a long way to go.
More than four-in-ten white Americans still say whites are more hardworking than blacks, and one-in-five say whites are more intelligent. Similarly, a majority of whites say that lack of willpower among blacks is driving racial inequality, and one-in-ten say that blacks are poor simply because of a lesser ability to learn.
It’s hard to look at these numbers and conclude that we somehow live in a “post-racial” society, or to believe, as a majority of whites do, that racism against whites is as big a problem as racism against blacks.
But numbers like the 25 percent of white Americans who would be upset by an interracial marriage in the family show that racism is still a very explicit phenomenon. Since we know that people have a tendency to tell pollsters what they think they want to hear, these numbers are likely undercounts, and potentially large ones.