A third of Americans think white people are "under attack"

A poll reveals that Americans think political correctness is destroying freedom of speech

By Matthew Rozsa

Staff Writer

Published September 14, 2017 3:15PM (EDT)

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A new poll by Reuters/Ipsos/UVA Center for Politics reveals that Americans are, to a remarkable degree, buying into white delusions of persecution.

More than half of the population, 57 percent, — believe that Confederate monuments should remain in public spaces. Meanwhile, 39 percent either strongly or somewhat agree with the idea that white people are currently under attack in the United States. Thirty-one percent also felt that "America must protect and preserve its White European heritage," although 54 percent did agree that "racial minorities are under attack in this country," and 77 percent say that America should "protect and preserve its multi-cultural heritage."

On a more positive note, 52 percent of respondents say they oppose the "alt-right," while only 6 percent support the movement. The same can be said for white nationalism (65 percent against, 7 percent for) and neo-Nazism (77 percent against, 4 percent for).

Things aren't all good though: 32 percent support Black Lives Matter. That's less than the 37 percent who oppose the movement. Antifa is less popular, earning the support of 8 percent of the population.

There have been a series of polls that have found surprisingly inaccurate views of persecution regarding the experiences of American whites. A poll in March by the Public Religion Research Institute found that 57 percent of white evangelicals believed they faced a lot of discrimination, while only 44 percent believed the same was true for Muslims. As far back as 2014, a Pew study found that white evangelical Christians in America believed themselves to experience more discrimination than African-Americans, Hispanics, Muslims, atheists and Jews.

This is in spite of the fact that the very notion of "white" identity is, objectively, inherently racist.


By Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a professional writer whose work has appeared in multiple national media outlets since 2012 and exclusively at Salon since 2016. His diverse interests are reflected in his interview, including: President Jimmy Carter (1977-1981), Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak (1999-2001), animal scientist and autism activist Temple Grandin, inventor Ernő Rubik, comedian Bill Burr ("F Is for Family"), novelist James Patterson ("The President's Daughter"), epidemiologist Monica Gandhi, theoretical cosmologist Janna Levin, voice actor Rob Paulsen ("Animaniacs"), mRNA vaccine pioneer Katalin Karikó, philosopher of science Vinciane Despret, actor George Takei ("Star Trek"), climatologist Michael E. Mann, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (2013-present), dog cognition researcher Alexandra Horowitz, Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson (2012, 2016), comedian and writer Larry Charles ("Seinfeld"), Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Lieberman (2000), Ambassador Michael McFaul (2012-2014), economist Richard Wolff, director Kevin Greutert ("Saw VI"), model Liskula Cohen, actor Rodger Bumpass ("SpongeBob Squarepants"), Senator John Hickenlooper (2021-present), Senator Martin Heinrich (2013-present), Egyptologist Richard Parkinson, Rep. Eric Swalwell (2013-present), media entrepreneur Dan Abrams, actor R. J. Mitte ("Breaking Bad"), theoretical physicist Avi Loeb, biologist and genomics entrepreneur William Haseltine, comedian David Cross ("Scary Movie 2"), linguistics consultant Paul Frommer ("Avatar"), Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (2007-2015), computer engineer and Internet co-inventor Leonard Kleinrock and right-wing insurrectionist Roger Stone.

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