University of Michigan Study Finds Many Black Men Routinely Face Discrimination

A new study by researchers at the University of Michigan finds that many Black men face racial discrimination on a weekly basis. The findings included data that found that 20 percent of Black men reported that people they encountered acted like they were better than them on a daily or weekly basis. One in 10 Black men said that people acted as if they were afraid of them, were treated with less courtesy or were considered to be less intelligent on a daily or weekly basis.

The study also found that 10 percent of Black men said they encountered physical or psychological threats due to their race at least a few times each year.

rjtaylorRobert Joseph Taylor, the Harold R. Johnson Professor of Social Work at the University of Michigan and lead author of the study, said that “these more serious types of discrimination are important because they could potentially escalate to verbal or physical altercations or other problem behaviors that could potentially result in being remanded to custody.”

Dr. Taylor is a graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where he majored in sociology. He holds a master of social work degree and a Ph.D. in social work and sociology from the University of Michigan.

The study is scheduled to appear in a future issue of the journal Race and Justice.


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