According to the 2014 Washington Post article, three quarters of white Americans do not have any non-white friends. In today’s America, I have to say I’m amazed. Now most of this has to do with the population dispersion, but with so many interactions between ethnicities, you wouldn’t think the number would be similar to the 1950s.
This does make sense, however when considering recent reactions to incidents involving race. Whenever a non-white group raises awareness for an issue plaguing that group, there is an immediate negative response from the masses. If someone does not associate with a person within that group, how can they understand and empathize with a groups message. Going back to the article, when comparing blacks to whites in terms of “friends”:
“In a 100-friend scenario, the average white person has 91 white friends; one each of black, Latino, Asian, mixed race, and other races; and three friends of unknown race. The average black person, on the other hand, has 83 black friends, eight white friends, two Latino friends, zero Asian friends, three mixed race friends, one other race friend and four friends of unknown race.”
So does this mean more white people should go out and befriend blacks or latinos? Not quite. With these numbers, it is clear that sometimes, how a person feels about a subject comes from ignorance. As a black male, I cannot speak on how women feel about certain workplace environments, abortion laws, or other issues specifically plaguing Native American women. I don’t know many. Telling a segmented group how they should feel or respond to an issue without having a close relationship with that group is pure ignorance. Believing that your opinion is correct is just plain stupid.