91% Of Black Teens In America Believe Racial Discrimination Is Here To Stay
Back in 1966 Newsweek surveyed 800 teenagers across America to gather their thoughts on different issues plaguing the country. Fast forward to 2016 and the magazine surveyed teens and asked them the same questions but to different results according to Atlanta Black Star:
Newsweek’s updated report, titled “The State of the American Teenager,” offers readers insight “into a generation that’s plugged in, politically aware, optimistic about their futures yet anxious about their country.” The publication reports that 68 percent of teens believe the country is on the wrong track, while over half of teens now support gun control (55 percent) and gay marriage (62 percent). Pop culture icons from Beyoncé to Taylor Swift, and support of the death penalty were also explored, among other things.
But the study also revealed that race and racial discrimination are still pressing issues for American teens today. Per the 1966 report, 44 percent of teens believed that racial discrimination would continue to be a problem for their generation. Now, that percentage has nearly doubled (82 percent), indicating that teens share similar sentiments about racial bias with teens from 50 years ago. According to Newsweek, the perspectives of Black teens are even more worrisome, as 91 percent of them believe that racial discrimination will never go away. That percentage is up 33 percent from 1966.
“Recent headlines — police-involved shootings of unarmed Black men, the Black Lives Matter movement, Donald Trump’s xenophobic politics — reveal a country deeply divided on race, with seemingly little hope for reconciliation,” the news publication reports.
Newsweek’s survey also found that African-American teenagers are more aware of gun violence and fatal shootings of innocent people by police than white or Latino teens are. They’re more likely to worry that they themselves will also fall victim to such shootings.
Check out more of the groundbreaking survey HERE. Discuss.