Probably the most famous song from Broadway’s Avenue Q was, Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist, where puppets sing about how everyone has tendencies towards racism in one way or another. If this is the case, you’d think that most people would suffer from discrimination in one way or another, but a new study suggests that it isn’t universal. Don’t make a mistake--we still have a long way to go, but this study suggests discrimination isn’t inevitable.
Professor Brian B. Boutwell, a professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice led a study that surveyed 14,000 Americans about their personal experiences with racism.
The study asked the following question,”In your day to day life, how often do you feel you have been treated with less respect or courtesy than other people?” and respondents could answer Never, Sometimes, or Often. When respondents answered Sometimes or Often, researchers followed up with, this question: “What do you think was the main reason for these experiences?” The respondents could choose from one of the following reasons: 1) race/ancestry/skin color; 2) gender; 3) age; 4) religion; 5) height or weight; 6) sexual orientation; 7) education or income; 8) physical disability; and 9) other.
To keep reading and find out the results, click here: Study: Most People (Minorities Included) Rarely or Never Face Discrimination