Asian American teens overwhelmingly believe in racism and white privilege, poll finds
Thirty-four percent of Asian teens responded that they had experienced discrimination in the past year because of their race, compared to 20% of all teens.
The study found that Asian, black, Hispanic and white teens had vastly different expectations of how race would shape their futures.
Asian teens were generally more pessimistic about racism and privilege than their white counterparts.
In a Washington Post-Ipsos Poll, more than a third of Asian American teens said they had been treated unfairly because of their race in the past year.
Asian teens and black teens worried the most about how their racial identity would shape their future, with 41% of Asian teens and 54% of black teens saying their race could negatively impact them. Of the teens surveyed who said they had experienced discrimination in the past year because of their race, 60% believed their future outcomes would be worse because of their racial identity. In contrast, only 10% of white teens believed their race would have a negative impact on them.
Asian teens were generally divided over the impact of race on them. Forty-one percent of Asian teens believed their racial identity would hurt them in terms of “getting ahead” in life. Eleven percent thought it would help them, and the remaining 46% thought it “wouldn’t make any difference”.
When discussing whether white Americans had any advantages over black Americans, 78% of Asian teens agreed with the claim that whites enjoyed white privilege. That was more than the 57% of teens who agreed.
In terms of overall racism, 68% of Asian American respondents thought racial discrimination was a “major threat” to their generation, compared to 85% of black teens, 69% of Hispanic teens, and 43% of teens. white.
Most teens, around 50%, thought their generation would be more equal in their treatment of non-white Americans. About 38% believed their generation would most likely act the same as adults today. Black teens were the least likely to believe their generation would improve racial discrimination.
The survey was conducted by the Washington Post and market research firm Ipsos from May to June 2021. Respondents included a random national sample of approximately 1,300 teens aged 14 to 18 who responded to the online survey. . Gen Z members shared their views on race and privilege.
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