May 22, 2022 12:37 UTC
  • 75% of Black Americans fear physical attack: Poll

A new poll has found that about 75 percent of African Americans are worried that they or someone they love will be physically harmed because of their race.

The new Washington Post-Ipsos poll, released on Saturday, found that three-quarters of Black Americans polled are concerned that they or someone they care about will be physically injured because they are Black, The Hill reported.  

The development comes one week after a white American gunman shot dead 10 people and injured three others in a mass shooting at a Black neighborhood in New York, in an act of "racially motivated violent extremism."

In the poll, 70 percent of Black Americans said they believed half or more white people in the US hold white supremacist beliefs whereas only 19 percent believed fewer than half of white Americans do.

Some 75 percent of Black Americans said white supremacy is a bigger problem today compared to five years ago. However, 28 percent said the size of the problem is the same.

Those who polled were also asked about their feelings following the Buffalo, New York, shooting in which 11 of the 13 victims were Black.  The suspect allegedly preached the racist “great replacement theory.”

About 70 percent of Black Americans said the shooting made them feel sad, while 62 percent said they felt angry. Just over half said they felt troubled, 34 percent said they felt afraid, 21 percent said they felt shocked and 8 percent said surprised.  

US House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said in an interview with The Washington Post that lawmakers could only legislate a response to hate if “you first admit that the problem exists.”

Clyburn, who was part of the civil rights movement, bemoaned that the country had become used to tragedy.

Amid the outpouring of grief and shock over the mass shooting in Buffalo, Black residents expressed anguish about the racism and white supremacy that fueled the deadliest massacre in modern American history.