Inside the mind of white America – BBC News


The concept of there being “two Americas” is almost as old as the nation itself. From the outset there were the landowners, the ruling class – the “haves”. And then there were the have-nots. That divide has been economic but also racial, with minorities claiming a disproportionately small share of the nation’s substantial wealth.
And yet, a 2013 Pew Research Center study showed that half of white Americans surveyed do not feel that African Americans are treated less fairly by the police, employers, doctors and others. Only 13% of blacks felt the same way. Amid the current backdrop of the Black Lives Matter movement and increasing wealth disparity, Clive Myrie from the BBC’s This Week’s World delves into what white Americans understand – or don’t – about race.

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Date: October 5, 2019

34 thoughts on “Inside the mind of white America – BBC News

  1. You know, I wish this BBC interviewer would have done some research on America’s once great cities prior to the widespread social upheaval in the U.S., starting in the 1960’s, which was largely tied to race relations. Though these cities are rapidly gentrifying now, cities like Milwaukee, Chicago, Cleveland, DC, Detroit, Baltimore, and many others were once safe, relatively wealthy, and orderly cities, as well as beacons of modernity for the Western world. After Southern blacks moved into these cities in the early 20th century, racial tensions obviously began to flare up between two culturally distinct population groups, which eventually erupted into all of the violence, rioting, and chaos of the 1960’s and 1970’s. This obviously led to “white flight”, whereby white Americans effectively rebuilt their cities in suburbs just outside their once great but now decaying original cities. You can go back and look at the black and white photos of many of these cities and discover how beautiful and built up they all were, and I have a hard time believing that de-industrialization and changes in the global economy since the 1960’s are why many of these cities are so awful today, at least based on crime, economic output, public schooling, etc. This sorry state of affairs likely has more to do with crime, corrupt governance, a toxic sub-culture, a lack of values (especially on education, self-reliance, and working hard), and a refusal to engage in honest self-reflection.

  2. All the good and prosperous black neighborhoods over 30 of them, were burnt down so the descendants of the people that were killed and the communities that were burnt down the descendants were left with nothing. So would you be upset? Parks and buildings in these areas cover up the mass graves of those murdered. No one want to fix this!

  3. I am not African-American but even I know that there is a great disparity in black Americans and white Americans even today. People thought segregation was not a problem back then. But it was. Similarly, white people today don’t seem to understand that BLACK MEN and WOMEN are being targeted by police, still living in poverty, and constantly being kept down. Not understanding this just shows how privileged you are and how you’re refusing to see the other side’s perspective.

  4. Wouldn’t it be nice if we looked at people for their character rather then their skin tone or even group them by skin tone and then thinking their all the same as this video implies

  5. What is PRIVILEGE ???? For me it is an unearned advantage ? Have the whites not earned their living standards ? Are the blacks just unlucky ? Have the whites just found the fortune on the street? Or have they worked seriously to construct a developed society ? Think about it !

  6. United States is a great country and I love it, but racism and its gun cultura they have makes them move away from perfection. Even so, I believe that positive things are more than negative things.

  7. I am not privileged in China or Africa am I?
    Jeez I am not even privileged in Western Europe as an Eastern European, the heck do you know?!
    Stop thinking race and work and educate yourself

  8. cut cut cut this video is bullshit alot of poor white people that live in poor areas according to this video your making it about race when really its not based on race on where u get to live its based on wealth if your ritch then you get the ritch neighborhoods if your low income and poor you get to live in the poor neighborhood it was never about race it was always about wealth so you really got to look at whats really going on becouse now days people dont give a fuck rather if your white black mexican jewish or what ever nationality or race you may be they care about your money im a native american i looked at my surroundings and saw what was really happening

  9. I work in insurance and in my experience white people feel the most entitled, are the most difficult insured and cruelest people I’ve dealt with in my life. When it comes to money in insurance claims, white people have caused me absolute nightmares and I am white as well.

  10. This is the stupidest think i heard he said white people dont walk up to white people and shoot them what country it that i know for a fact that does happen with white people in the us how the hell do white people have privileges is there a secret club and only white people goes there idk i never once had white privileges the only people i know that gets more privileges is the rich and powerful and there is rich black people as well and black lives matter idc what you say it is racist i dont care how you put it because hands down it is witch i really do not care when i heard a black say it wasnt racist it made me laugh they are dumb black lives matter your say only the black people matters how dumb do you have to be

  11. Thats why everyone needs to stay where they came from. If everyone had their own continent where they originally came from we wouldn't have these dumb race problems. Thats why God separated us in the first place.

  12. Imagine for a moment, it's June 20th, 2016, you're a british news company, you're trying to hide the fact that your country is being over-run by refugee's from areas of the glove who hate you.

    Now… imagine how big your balls have to be to send a news crew to speak on race issues and privilege in a different country while your own citizens are getting raped and killed by people who refuse to follow the law.

    It's not a matter of racism, it's a matter of people who refuse to follow societal norms. If you think you can win the game without following the rules, you're wrong.

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