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UMass Poll’s Team Write An Opinion Piece For The Washington Post

In an opinion piece, the UMass Poll’s team of Jesse Rhodes, Raymond La Raja, Tatishe Nteta and Alexander Theodoridis write about their recent findings in the context of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. They write that their findings “suggest that the desire to maintain White advantages — the impulse that King identified as largely responsible for the nation’s democratic failures — continues to threaten the well-being of U.S. democracy.” 

The poll found that over half of Americans (53%) believe that white people in the U.S. have certain advantages because of the color of their skin, and 7 in 10 (69%) say they are angry that racism exists. The number of Republicans agreeing with these views falls significantly below these overall numbers, however, as only 1 in 5 (19%) say whites enjoy certain advantages due to their race and only slightly more than half (56%) express anger about racism’s existence. (1/14/22; The Washington Post, 1/17/22; News Office release, additional coverage Anchorage Daily News, 1/19/22)


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