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Study: Whites believe they are victims of racism more than blacks

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Here’s what is brewing in the news:

White is the new black

Both white and black people agree that anti-black racism has decreased over the last 60 years, but whites believe that anti-white racism is now a bigger problem than anti-black racism, according to a new study.

Researchers at Tufts University’s School of Arts and Sciences and Harvard Business School say white people believe that they have replaced black people as the primary victims of racial discrimination in America.

Authors of the study say it shows that America has not achieved the “post-racial” society that some predicted in the wake of President Barack Obama’s election.

“It’s a pretty surprising finding when you think of the wide range of disparities that still exist in society, most of which show black Americans with worse outcomes than whites in areas such as income, home ownership, health and employment,” said Tufts Associate Professor of Psychology Samuel Sommers, Ph.D., co-author of “Whites See Racism as a Zero-sum Game that They Are Now Losing,” which appears in the May 2011 issue of the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science.

QUESTION: Do you think that whites have replaced blacks as the primary victims of racial discrimination? Share your opinion in the comment section below.

Read more here.
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Black criticism of Obama, ok?

Speaking of racial disparities and the president, Princeton professor Cornell West has blasted President Obama for not doing enough, in his opinion, for the black community.

West said Obama has failed to adequately address the conditions of the poor and the most vulnerable in our society. Instead, West maintains, Obama has been too concerned with appeasing Wall Street.

Many people have not only taken issue with what West said, but are upset that he criticized the president at all.

Some African Americans believe West should have kept his mouth shut, saying this type of critique contributes to right-wing attacks against Obama and makes him more vulnerable in 2012. Others believe that such criticisms betray an unreasonable expectation that Obama owes something to the black community because he is the first black president.

QUESTION: Do you think President Obama has done a good job of addressing the issues in the black community? Is he obligated to do so?

Read more at The Root.

***This is your chance to speak out. What's brewing on your mind this morning? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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