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In New Poll, Majority Of White Americans Believe They Face Racial Discrimination

A new poll by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School shows that a majority of White Americans believe that they face racial discrimination according to NPR. (photo credit: Youtube)

A new poll by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School shows that a majority of White Americans believe that they face racial discrimination according to NPR.

More than half of whites — 55 percent — surveyed say they face discrimination on the job, in education and in a variety of other ways. Hershman's view is similar to what was heard on the campaign trail at Trump rally after Trump rally. Donald Trump catered to white grievance during the 2016 presidential campaign and has done so as president as well.

Tim Hershman of Akron, Ohio believes that African-Americans are given jobs based on the color of their skin, not their achievements.

"If you apply for a job, they seem to give the blacks the first crack at it," said 68-year-old Tim Hershman of Akron, Ohio, "and, basically, you know, if you want any help from the government, if you're white, you don't get it. If you're black, you get it."

According to University of Akron Professor David Cohen, Donald Trump masterfully exploited White racial resentment.

Cohen said the question remains: Did Trump create or significantly boost white resentment overall — or did he simply tap into a trend with deep roots and history? "I'm not sure that he necessarily created this angst among white voters," Cohen said, "but he certainly knew how to take advantage of it." And it's something Trump — as president — has only continued to tap into.

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