This election cycle race has become a major topic of discussion. Adding fuel to the emphasis on race has been the number of people of color killed in confrontation of police.
Yet, for all the news headlines about race, the protests, the riots, the upheaval in big cities across the country, Pew Research has uncovered some interesting information. How people talk about and view race relations in the nation is largely determined by one’s race.
For the majority of whites, race seldom if ever enters the conversation on social media. For the majority of blacks, race occupies a majority focus on social media.
Check out this chart:
For most blacks, the perception is that life in the US of A is pitted with systemic racism. For most whites, the perception is that the race issue was long settled and not worth discussing.
It is our perceptions, whether from the Cornfield or from the inner city, which taints our reality to one view or the other. Thus our reality is skewed toward what we see when we look out the door. This also has an impact on what we hear from and see on the campaign trail from the candidates.
Another saying is you cannot have your own facts, but the fact is the facts are even colored by our perception which is also colored by our color or race.
Because of our perspectives being different, do our perspectives end up being self-fulfilling prophecies?
From the Cornfield, whites believe we are well on our way to that color blind society where people are accepted as people without a regard to race. Blacks believe the mountain is still far off in the distance.
Can the two perceptions ever meet and become a reality for all?
Or will we continue to struggle day by day in either ignorant bliss or fearful existence?
Read more about the Pew study: http://www.pewinternet.org/2016/08/15/social-media-conversations-about-race/