Majority of Black Americans Paranoid About US Institutions

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( – The majority of black Americans believe national institutions are conspiring against them, according to Pew Research. Studies investigated how blacks view organizations such as the police, the media, and politics and asked participants if they believed those institutions engage in covert activity beyond their stated purpose and place black Americans at a disadvantage when compared to whites.

The survey found that 80% of black Americans believe they are more likely to be jailed because prisons want to make money. A 60% majority believe the country’s criminal justice and economic systems are deliberately engineered to hold them back.

Tasha Philpot of the University of Texas at Austin said the belief largely stems from American history, including segregation and the legacy of Jim Crow and similar laws.

Additionally, respondents noted that when they perceive they have been subjected to discrimination, they feel angry (76%), fearful for their safety (53%), and depressed (41%).

Black Americans also feel that black officials are singled out and discredited more than their white counterparts and that scientists and doctors experiment on black individuals without their knowledge.

Experts say the survey was carried out against a backdrop of growing racial division, particularly since the Black Lives Matter riots of 2020 and the emergence of critical race theory. Mike Gonzalez of the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy believes critical race theory has been injected into schools and workplaces in an “attempt to change the American way of life.”

Critical race theory (CRT) teaches that America is a fundamentally racist nation with a political and economic system that specifically disadvantages blacks. Mr. Gonzalez notes that the emergence of the coronavirus pandemic helped to “create the ground for mass hysteria to take hold,” including ideas previously considered radical or fringe.

Several US states have legislated to remove CRT from schools, with lawmakers proposing that it pits racial groups against each other and creates an unconstitutional racial hierarchy.

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