America—Not As Black As People Think
Reading the polling data, one question did stand out. People were asked what percentage of the country was black.
The Census Bureau reports that in 2006, 12.8% of the American public was black. That number added up to about 38.3 million people.
In the Times survey, 32% of all people said America was between 20% and 30% black. An additional 32% said the number was between 30% and 40%. And 9% of respondents said America was a majority black nation.
Both a majority of black and white folks in the survey got the question wrong.
I guess I should stop being surprised at what people don’t know, but I really don’t see how people can figure the nation is 30% or more black.
Do whites get it wrong out of a fear of being overrun? Are blacks looking for strength in numbers?
In any case, I don’t get what people are thinking sometimes. Don’t folks have any sense of the world around them?