Study: Latinxs & Blacks More Afraid of White Americans Than Foreign Terrorists

Study: Latinos & Blacks More Afraid of White Americans Than Terrorists

While our presidential candidates propose national security policies, it’s domestic extremism that worries most youth of color.

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According to a new GenForward poll, Black and Latinxs between the ages of 18 and 30 are more afraid of U.S.-born white supremacists than they are terrorists abroad.

In fact, 62 percent of young African Americans and 55 percent of Latinxs said they were "very concerned" about violence perpetuated by white extremists. In contrast, just one-third of white millennials agreed.

Among them is 27-year-old Gregg Higgins, who disclosed that he was "very worried" about the extremists in his own race and what their violence is doing to race relations in the country. He said these are "white males who are angry and who aren't now afraid to show that anger."

"That fear of loss of control and loss of privilege is what's inspiring this vitriol and this hate," Higgins, a social worker in Pittsburgh, told the Associated Press.

Latina Darsi Vazquez also expressed being "very concerned" about the threat of violence from domestic extremists; however, she notes that many of the acts of brutality within the U.S. aren't novel but that new media has allowed us to see it in ways we haven't before, exasperating fears.

"A few years back technology wasn't where it's at it now, so you couldn't see things like this happening like you see it now," the 25-year-old Alabama student said. "I don't know if it's necessarily getting worse, but we're seeing it more now. We don't just see what's happening outside our window, we also see what's going on outside other people's window."

Vazquez, while particularly fearful of white violence in the U.S., also notes being concerned about foreign terrorism. She’s not alone. Fifty-six percent of Latinos and 49 percent of African Americans said they were worried about violence committed by people from outside the country.

Despite their fears, neither group agrees with Donald Trump's anti-terrorism calls to temporary ban Muslims from coming to the U.S. In fact, 66 percent of Latinos and 79 percent of African Americans (and Asians) outright opposed it.

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GenEd, administered by the Black Youth Project at the University of Chicago with the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, polled 1,940 adults last month. Read the full study here.