Level of Education Impacts How Often People Discuss Racial Issues

According to a new Pew Research Center survey, a person’s racial and ethnic identity, age, education, and political affiliation have an effect on how often and with whom they engage in conversations about race and race relations.

The survey found that 63 percent of Black adults say race or race relations occur in conversations with family and friends at least sometimes, compared to about 50 percent of White adults. African Americans are the more likely than other racial or ethnic groups to say these topics come up “often.” Some 27 percent of Black adults gave this response, compared to 11 percent of White adults.

When it comes to education, both White and Black adults with at least a bachelor’s degree are more likely to talk about race or race relations than their counterparts with less education. However, Black adults with a college education are more likely than White adults with a college education to say they talk at least sometimes about race relations by a margin of 79 percent to 59 percent.

The full report can be accessed here.


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