Blacks, Whites Differ on Government’s Role in Civil Rights

Frank Newport, Gallup, August 19, 2011

Black and white Americans have starkly different views on the appropriate role of government in dealing with civil rights in this country. A majority of blacks (59%) say that the government should play a major role in improving the social and economic position of blacks, while 19% of whites agree. A little over half of blacks (52%) say that new civil rights laws are needed in this country, while 15% of whites agree.

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Fewer Americans See Government Role for Civil Rights

More generally, 27% of Americans–comprising all races and ethnic backgrounds–believe that the government should play a major role in improving the social and economic position of blacks and other minority groups, down significantly from 40% in 2004 and 37% in 2005. Almost half of Americans agree that the government should play a minor role. {snip}

Similarly, the percentage of all Americans who say that new civil rights laws are needed to reduce discrimination against blacks has dropped to 21% now from 38% in 1993, with similar changes among whites and blacks.

Americans More Positive About Civil Rights Situation Today

Almost 9 in 10 Americans, regardless of their position on the need for more government intervention in the civil rights arena, say that civil rights for blacks have improved at least somewhat in their lifetime, and the percentage saying that civil rights have “greatly” improved is up 18 percentage points since 1995.

{snip} More than half of whites say civil rights have greatly improved in their lifetime, while blacks tilt more toward the “somewhat” improved position. Blacks’ views on this issue have not changed substantively since 1995, while whites have become more positive.

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[Editor’s Note: Be sure to view the original article to see charts and tables of the actual poll results.]

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  • Bandmo

    Told you all..Free cell phones wasn’t enough of their “Civil Rights” as to make all equal.

  • Linked to Whitenss

    Shame on those Whiteys who say things have improved. They’ve agreed that improvement is: 1. Whites surrendering their old , but accurate, attitudes about blacks and adopting the Diversity is our Strength creed, which is a suicide prayer, and 2. Blacks are seen in respectable roles on TV shows and newscasts, and in every TV commercial surrounding bumbling Whites, so Civil Rights truly did bring out the excellence that was in them all the time, only held back by White racism all these years.

    White Humanity should be known more for our imagination and potential that ever actually maintaining and preserving the great culture we inherited from our hardy ancestors. We’ve gone soft, tired, and feminized. With the numbers of White men who are now gay and won’t have kids, and the number of White women who are having lots of kids to numerous black bucks, what hope do you have for some Whiteness in the future to legitimately standing up and saying “I deserved better than this!”

    The sad truth is, based on our abdication of our White Privilege, we deserve it as bad as the Diversity Curse can give it.

  • JRL

    And just WHEN will enough be ENOUGH for blacks????? Whites in America are doomed as we will be led to the slaughter houses by not standing up for ourselves. IMO

  • Anonymous

    {snip} More than half of whites say civil rights have greatly improved in their lifetime, while blacks tilt more toward the “somewhat” improved position. Blacks’ views on this issue have not changed substantively since 1995, while whites have become more positive.”

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    Dear Lord. Whites are more positive about civil rights? How so? Has it done anything FOR Whites? Just the opposite, in fact…Or did they ever think to ask that question? The Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Immigration Act was the beginning of the end for White America and America is just waiting for the date of her burial to be published.

  • olewhitelady

    Many of us have lived long enough to see the country go from Jim Crow to Affirmative Action. Blacks have been given every perk this society can afford, a black has been elected President, and political correctness is used to hide the failings of the black populace. What new civil rights could blacks possibly want? I suppose they want a guaranteed job, house, and car. Some probably even want whites enslaved!

    It sounds to me like they want the plantation without the work.

  • WR the elder

    Too many blacks believe that the purpose of government is to tax white people and give the money to them.

  • Anonymous

    “Similarly, the percentage of all Americans who say that new civil rights laws are needed to reduce discrimination against blacks has dropped to 21% now from 38% in 1993, with similar changes among whites and blacks.”

    Discrimination against Blacks can be reduced within a decade if the Blacks will follow these simple precepts:

    1.You “youths” need to attend school with a serious attitude toward self improvement. Pay attention in class, behave in a manner conducive to learning on your part and on the part of your classmates. Your day should not be spent creating chaos and seeking out copulation opportunities.

    2. When you finish high school after being awarded a diploma that really means something because you’ve earned it, either continue your education either in academics or in a skilled trade.

    3. Find a nice girl of your own race and marry her. Wait ’til you’re established in gainful employment until you begin raising children; the key word here being “raising”. Instill in your children the same values that got you where you are. Having an organ isn’t what makes you a “man”, it makes you only a male. Pay more attention to your brain and less to your “rod”. BTW give your kids real names that will lead to success and dress them for success.

    4. Eschew violence and teach your kids to reason out the consequences of their actions rather than to give in to impulse. This may come as a shock but civilized people don’t shoot or stab someone who accidentally bumps into them on a street.

    5. Stop blaming others for the historic failures of your race. You are in charge of your own life and most of the problems experienced by Blacks are self inflicted.

    6. Look at all the places in the world that have a Black population and see the universal failure there. Yes, you actually might have to “act White” to succeed.

  • Obeesha Stuffshirt

    Blacks don’t want equal opportunity – they want equal RESULTS. This is NOT what Dr. King was fighting for. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are the ones primarily who have convinced blacks that somehow white Americans OWE them privileges that everyone except blacks have to EARN. The entitlement-victim mentality has caught on like wildfire amongst people who don’t want to work, and who are not willing to compete except in athletics. You get back what you put out – and blacks who put out no effort except to whine get back nothing, and they don’t want to accept that. I say TOUGH. Life isn’t fair, was never meant to be fair, so get used to it.

  • neanderthalDNA

    I’ve just noticed a horrible racial injustice…

    Don’t look now, but like some 90% of the NBA are BLACK! Now…blacks make up like 13% of the population…and as our government assures us, race is only skin deep…

    SOMETHING MUST BE DONE TO ALLEVIATE THIS AWFUL RACISM!

    We might really need some white quotas in the NBA, and if those racists try to deny white players their civil rights by benching them…

    LAWSUITS!

  • Tom

    You can be sure that as long as these blacks are getting the fat off the plate they will never admit that things are square. I wiah in my heart that we really could all just get along. Byt that is not going to happen

  • rjp

    Simple fact: Government has tried. They (blacks) mess up everytime.

    Time to give up. They create ghettos where ever they go.

  • Jake

    Notice how Gallup appears to conflate blacks’ “civil rights” with the notion of “improving the social and economic position of blacks”– as if their doing well, socially and economically, were “civil rights” that they, as American citizens, may assert against their government, at some or all levels!?!

  • Mr Jones

    It seems they want even more laws and programs that give preferences to them over whites, and for these things to be codified into law using ‘political correctness’, whereby whites give preferences to people of color in the social arena too and not just the legal arena financial arena. Then they want to call this ‘civil rights’ so they can pretend, even as all this goes on, it’s all part of the process of fighting ‘discrimination’, ‘racism’, ‘hatred’, ‘stereotyping’ and if they call it ‘civil rights’ often people will be fooled. Those that doesn’t work on just make them afraid.

  • flyingtiger

    Since BHO has been elected we have seen the limits of government. New laws or giveaways can not improve Blacks. They must make an effeort to behave themselves, and improve themselves.

    This is hard, so that is what they are complaining about.

  • rockman

    black opinion writers in the media lace their writing with hate and false statements to inflame the hate between the races. The fact that such writers openly state totally false statements to give their writings power is a crime against the black people. one such article spoke of car loads of nazis machine gunning peaceful black protestors and a young girl cowering in fear being shot in the head. This event never happened but the readers of the black opinion writer most likely took the statement as fact and were filled with feelings of hate towards whites as a result. the opinion writer still writes his hate filled articles for a major US paper and has not been called to task for his creative fiction presented as fact to the black community. the only reason for this writing is to stir race hatered against whites.

  • Bill

    What about civil rights laws for white people? We are discriminated against in education (race norming), employment (affirmative action), crime (hate laws almost never used when whites are victims of blacks), reputation (dishonest government crime statistics give us ‘credit’ for the crimes of blacks, Mexicans, Puerto Ricans and Dominicans). The only answer is a return to segragation.

  • Fr. John

    While I don’t begrudge equal pay for equal work, or equal treatment/selection, based on the ‘content of their character,’ I DO mind being treated as ‘something special’…. when the clear observable facts indicate otherwise!

    Do Blacks seriously think that it is fair, moral, BIBLICAL (for those who go to whatever they call ‘church’) to STEAL from others, and then for them to TAKE from that dispenser of charity (the Gov’t.)???

    And yet they want more? MORE?

    I don’t know which group to shake my head in stupefaction over more: the Blacks, who should have ‘rectified their situation’ by now… or the Liberals, who actually thought the folk Wisdom of those in the South, who had 400 YEARS to observe this race, was not valid….

    Misericordie, Domine

  • Anonymous

    12 — Bill wrote at 7:17 AM on August 23:

    What about civil rights laws for white people? We are discriminated against in education (race norming), employment (affirmative action), crime (hate laws almost never used when whites are victims of blacks), reputation (dishonest government crime statistics give us ‘credit’ for the crimes of blacks, Mexicans, Puerto Ricans and Dominicans). The only answer is a return to segragation.

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    Segregation will do no good if we are still under the FEDS, and minorities are still allowed to vote and have their “civil rights”. The laws the Fed has put on us will still stand.

    We need total separation (our own states, lands)and our own government, period. Like Europe used to be with many different nations before the evil EU, which has destroyed them.

  • Anonymous

    4 — Obeesha Stuffshirt wrote at 8:33 PM on August 22:

    Blacks don’t want equal opportunity – they want equal RESULTS. This is NOT what Dr. King was fighting for.

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    MLK fought for WHAT? MLK was a fraud and anti-White so maybe you need to read up on what he was. Amren has some articles about him. Read those about Rosa Parks also. If you think MLK and the “Civil Rights” movement was a good thing for White America, think again.

  • John Engelman

    I favor efforts to reduce economic inequality in the United States. Nevertheless, I believe those efforts should be made without reference to race or sex. Otherwise, white blue collar workers will be jeopardized by them.

  • jake32

    Lets take a look at the “Big Daddy” of all civil rights social engineering, LBJ’S GREAT SOCIETY. This was to be “The Final Solution” to end discrimination for all time. And, it only cost $8 Trillion.

    It worked well in one regard, it completely destroyed the black family, a man in the house was a disqualifier. It also turned many hard working blacks into non-working street hustlers who managed to pay visits to single moms in the projects at the same time the welfare check arrived.

    You know, the odd couple of Clinton and Gingrich actually arrived at the proper solution when they forced welfare recipients off welfare after a certain time and put them to work in self-sustaining jobs or in school or job training. The welfare ranks dropped markedly and people were much happier working and going to school. However, President Obama didn’t like this and cancelled the whole program and the welfare ranks are again out of control.

  • Jack in Chicago

    I like to come back with the following when the whole “Civil Rights” thing comes up:

    I say there’s a big difference between “Civil Rights” and “Civil Wrongs”.

    Civil rights are things like the right to vote, rent a home provided you have adequate finances, credit score, criminal record etc.

    Civil wrongs include activities like rioting, looting, doing drive by shootings, wearing your pants below you butt crack, blasting loud gangster rap music, conceiving large numbers of illegitimate children, buying or selling crack cocaine and generally behaving in a civilization destroying manner.

  • pete

    I really like American Renaissance, but all we do is talk about the problem. Where is our Al Sharpton,where is our Martin Luther King. We need leaders to stand up and defend our rights. I would say that the time is probably to late to turn this around, too many forces are again’t us,the government,the media etc. The economic situation may work in our favor however, keep your powder dry.

  • Obeesha Stuffshirt

    #19 — I was IN the South in the 1950’s and 1960’s, before the civil rights legislation; my family is Southern and proud of it. BUT – life during the 60’s and 50’s was terrifying not just for blacks but ALSO for whites; if you made a mistake and spoke to a black person (other than a servant), the white boys in town could decide to take it out on your father and kill him, OR, your whole family would be shunned for YOUR mistake. Life was a lot more tenuous in that part of the world than it was in the rest of the USA, and it was because of the old Jim Crow system. It was wrong and unjust to EVERYONE, and it had to change. That said, I do not for one instant approve of what has evolved – the black whiny victimization/entitlement consciousness, or the black activist – hate whitey – do violence to whitey mentality. These people are nuts and have no idea of what REAL discrimination is all about. I would really like to deport them for one year to live in a black-run nation; they can then judge for themselves about how capable their race is on their own. And, we’d be rid of them for a year!!!

  • Anonymous

    24 — Obeesha Stuffshirt wrote at 6:28 PM on August 23:

    #19 — I was IN the South in the 1950’s and 1960’s, before the civil rights legislation; my family is Southern and proud of it. BUT – life during the 60’s and 50’s was terrifying not just for blacks but ALSO for whites; if you made a mistake and spoke to a black person (other than a servant), the white boys in town could decide to take it out on your father and kill him, OR, your whole family would be shunned for YOUR mistake. Life was a lot more tenuous in that part of the world than it was in the rest of the USA, and it was because of the old Jim Crow system. It was wrong and unjust to EVERYONE, and it had to change

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    I am #19… You did not answer my question about MLK…

    As for the rest of your “experiences” in the South, I have never heard of this ever before. I have serious doubts about your statement.

    If you think Jim Crow laws were wrong and unjust to “everyone”, then I have serious doubts about why you are even on this forum.

    Answer one question. Were Whites a heck of alot better off during Jim Crow or are they better off now? I’ll take your answer off the air………

  • Anonymous

    “[i]f you made a mistake and spoke to a black person (other than a servant), the white boys in town could decide to take it out on your father and kill him…”

    Sounds like a Hollywood fantasy. What is the name of that town?

  • Anonymous

    Jack in Chicago:

    “Civil rights are things like the right to vote, rent a home provided you have adequate finances, credit score, criminal record etc.”

    The right to rent a home even if you have adequate finances, credit score, criminal record etc. is nonsense. The right of people to forbid neighbors from renting or selling to people of a different race supersedes any so-called right to rent.

    People of different races have different temperaments, intelligence, proclivity to commit crime, reproductive habits and many other traits.

    A valid civil right that the government should protect and enforce is the right to discriminate for or against a person on any grounds whatsoever. If I don’t like you because you are Polish, Irish, German, Jewish, Chinese, Black, White, “gay”, male or female or any other factor is my fundamental right as a human being.

    Renting a house to a black person will mean the end of your neighborhood as a safe place to live! A restrictive covenant was a firmly planted right in common law that the Americans’ anti-White elites robbed White people of.

  • Rick

    Maybe I am just being silly, but shouldn’t BLACKS be responsible for improving the condition of BLACKS in America? How about Africa? Are they ALWAYS going to be coddled and cared for ad infinitum by the great government pimp? AT what point does one stop and say, “It’s up to me to make my way”? How many generations of people are we going to have to subsidize before they finally wake up and “get it”? And what is the “Thank You” in all of this? Arrogance and false pride. How can you be so full of pride about a history that shows NOTHING, about a present that IS nothing and a future that undoubtedly looks as though it will amount to nothing?

  • Anonymous

    I am Chinese-American. As 5-year old citizen of this great country, I will never find proper words for how great this country is. Sometimes, I do think it takes foreign living experience to truly appreciate America. I strongly believe that the founding of US is not historically accidental.

    My racial views…..

    In general, my view of white people is that they are very generous, open-minded, honest, kind and bright people. Our civilization own a great deal to them. This can not be denied.

    For black people, I like every each one I had worked with when I live in Chicago. But collectively, I can not agree with their politics and values. The disagreement, I believe, comes from something very deep. They do not seem to understand that any work by a human being has inherent value attached to it, which will be paid fairly in market. I notice that they spend too much time complaining instead of improving themselves. With so many laws and regulations tilted to their advantages, they still do not seem to be motivated. That is hard for me to grasp.

    As for neighboring, I do believe that it is civil right to choose and pick your neighbors. Most of my times, I live in white neighborhood around Chicago. The reason is simple, I feel safer. I do not believe being denied in rent is violation of anyone’s civil rights, including me. If the guy next to the apartment I am to rent does not like me, I need to rethink the deal. It is one thing that some people in Indiana do not like Chinese. It is another that my neighbor does not like me. I am private person and must have peaceful,quiet,safe environment. My refusal to have black neighbor is because we have different family value. But I have no problem to have indians living next to me. Key is value system. Blacks’ way of educating their children is bad and has bad influence on other kids. Secondly, they seem to degrade surrounding properties values.

    For whites and blacks, I do believe that whites are being discriminated. So are Chinese Americans by blacks, especially in affirmative action. So many white people victimized by blacks go without being reported in media. For example, how many white female got rapped by black each year? I rarely saw one in TV.

    With everything going on between whites and blacks, sometimes I feel that maybe they can not co-exist. I wish I was wrong.

    What is civil rights? For me it is equal opportunity, right to vote; right to be respected and those rights that come naturally at the birth as human being and that does not impose any cost to others.