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Blacks See Growing Values Gap Between Poor and Middle Class

Pew Research Center, November 13, 2007

African Americans see a widening gulf between the values of middle class and poor blacks, and nearly four-in-ten say that because of the diversity within their community, blacks can no longer be thought of as a single race.

The new nationwide Pew Research Center survey also finds blacks less upbeat about the state of black progress now than at any time since 1983. Looking backward, just one-in-five blacks say things are better for blacks now than they were five years ago. Looking ahead, fewer than half of all blacks (44%) say they think life for blacks will get better in the future, down from the 57% who said so in a 1986 survey.

Whites have a different perspective. While they, too, have grown less sanguine about black progress, they are nearly twice as likely as blacks to see black gains in the past five years. Also, a majority of whites (56%) say life for blacks in this country will get better in the future.

Telephone interviews for this survey were conducted among a nationally representative sample of 3,086 adults from September 5–October 6, 2007. African Americans and Hispanics were over-sampled — a total of 1007 interviews were completed with blacks, and 388 with Hispanics.

Other key findings include:

   * Asked whether blacks can still be thought of as a single race, given the increasing diversity within the black community, 53% of blacks say they can, but 37% of blacks say they cannot.

   * Big gaps in perception between blacks and whites emerge on many topics. For example, blacks believe that anti-black discrimination is still pervasive in everyday life; whites disagree. And blacks have far less confidence than whites in the basic fairness of the criminal justice system.

   * But there are also areas of agreement. For example, blacks and whites concur that there has been a convergence in the values held by blacks and whites. On the popular culture front, large majorities of both blacks and whites say that rap and hip hop have a bad influence on society.

   * Blacks and whites express very little overt racial animosity. As they have for decades, about eight-in-ten members of each racial group express a favorable view about members of the other group. More than eight-in-ten adults in each group also say they know a person of a different race whom they consider a friend.

   * The most newsworthy African American figure in politics today — Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama — draws broadly (though not intensely felt) favorable ratings from both blacks and whites. But blacks are more inclined to say that his race will detract from his chances to be elected president; whites are more inclined to say his relative inexperience will hurt his chances.

   * Three-quarters of blacks (76%) say that Obama is a good influence on the black community. Even greater numbers say this about Oprah Winfrey (87%) and Bill Cosby (85%), who are the most highly regarded by blacks from among 14 black newsmakers tested in this survey. By contrast, just 17% of blacks say that rap artist 50 Cent is a good influence.

   * Over the past two decades, blacks have lost some confidence in the effectiveness of leaders within their community, including national black political figures, the clergy, and the NAACP. A sizable majority of blacks still see all of these groups as either very or somewhat effective, but the number saying “very” effective has declined since 1986.

   * A 53% majority of African Americans say that blacks who don’t get ahead are mainly responsible for their situation, while just three-in-ten say discrimination is mainly to blame. As recently as the mid-1990s, black opinion on this question tilted in the opposite direction, with a majority of African Americans saying then that discrimination is the main reason for a lack of black progress.

   * On the issue of immigration, blacks and whites agree that most immigrants work harder than most blacks and most whites at low-wage jobs. Also, blacks are less inclined now than they were two decades ago to say that blacks would have more jobs if there were fewer immigrants.

[Editor’s Note: The Pew Center report “Blacks See Growing Values Gap Between Poor and Middle Class” can be read or downloaded in PDF format here.]
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(Posted on November 14, 2007)

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Anyone notice the 57% who thought life would get better for them was during Reagan’s administration when Reagan tried to reject race being relevant in hiring of any applicant? Can we be onto something here?

Posted by jenbelievesinwhites at 7:07 PM on November 14


“More than eight-in-ten adults in each group also say they know a person of a different race whom they consider a friend”.
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Maybe this occurs in the magic land of TV commercials and sitcoms but it is unlikely to happen in the real world.

Posted by Enough Already! at 7:08 PM on November 14



“…blacks less upbeat about the state of black progress now than at any time since 1983.”

One of the differences I have long noted between blacks and Whites is that Whites are overall, more positive in their outlook than blacks and I believe this difference is one of the reasons Whites can move forward while black, even given extraordinary aid, can’t progress. How the black communities of New Orleans reacted to Hurricane Katrina as opposed to the Whites and Asians highlights the differences.

One can’t work toward a positive future if one can’t even conceive of progress and positive change. This is but one of psycho-emotional differences between Whites (along with Asians) and blacks.

Posted by sbuffalonative at 7:54 PM on November 14


Well, kids, this is one white guy that sees no upside for blacks.
Daniel Patrick Moinaham had it right almost 40 years ago.

Blacks in America inherited African culture and intelligence levels. They do not plan for the future, have little impulse control and do not value education. How can they hope to compete with asians who come here and are willing to work 80 hours per week to send their kids to Stanford?

Latinos (legal or not) are taking all of the low level jobs that used to be available to blacks (read dropout losers) and that leaves blacks at the bottom again, doing what they do best: Making fatherless welfare families.

If one were a rabid racist, one need not worry. Blacks are engaged in self-genocide.
A shameful waste of a valuable labor resource. it’s like killing tractors.

Posted by t at 9:25 PM on November 14


I had to read alot of essays in my English class today written by Blacks about why socialism is good and why it is ok to discriminate against Whites.

Posted by at 9:51 PM on November 14


I myself have a White father and Chinese mother. I have noticed that Whites tend to have much more sympathy towards Blacks than Asians, and I have never understood why. They are clearly going to be at the bottom of society not matter how much effort is put towards improving their lot. Rather than being thankful when they are offered aid, they become demanding and surly. Clearly, their racial character is in an extremely degraded nature.

Posted by Benjamin at 1:42 AM on November 15


It’s not at all surprising that blacks are not optimistic about the future. They are NOT KNOWN for planning ahead, taking a long-term view and having much ability to delay gratification.

Posted by at 8:00 AM on November 15


The most newsworthy African American figure in politics today — Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama — draws broadly (though not intensely felt) favorable ratings from both blacks and whites. But blacks are more inclined to say that his race will detract from his chances to be elected president; whites are more inclined to say his relative inexperience will hurt his chances.

Yeah….but the race they are talking about is white, not black. Blacks know full well, that any black in politics, who isn’t an obvious jackass of the caliber of Al Sharpton, has as good a chance as anyone else, particularly if they are republican. However, Obama is going to have big problems because he is half white (and the wrong type of black to boot). Whites will vote for him. But blacks won’t. The article makes it seem like blacks are concerned about the opposite.

Posted by at 10:21 AM on November 15


I myself have a White father and Chinese mother. I have noticed that Whites tend to have much more sympathy towards Blacks than Asians, and I have never understood why. They are clearly going to be at the bottom of society not matter how much effort is put towards improving their lot. Rather than being thankful when they are offered aid, they become demanding and surly. Clearly, their racial character is in an extremely degraded nature.

Posted by Benjamin at 1:42 AM on November 15

Because whites have been made to believe that we’re evil and mean and that we’re the reason blacks are suffering. If whites today were like they were before the ‘civil rights’ era we’d not have any of these racial problems.

Posted by at 10:34 PM on November 15



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