Just the Stats: Hispanics Perceive Major Differences in Race-Ethnic Relations in Suburbia

Differences in people’s perceptions on how they are treated by the court system, salespeople and suburban communities are apparent across racial and ethnic lines, according to a new poll recently released by Manhattanville College.

It showed that more than one-half of Hispanics surveyed stated that police treated them less fairly then they did their White peers. For Hispanics, discrimination seems to occur most frequently while shopping — with roughly 53 percent of respondents reporting that they had experienced discrimination in that activity, compared to 60 percent of Blacks and 44 percent of Whites who said they had.

More Hispanics than any other group, 41 percent, said they experienced discrimination at school, compared to 33 percent of Blacks and 29 percent of Whites who said they had.

Richard Berman, president of Manhattanville College, said: “This poll captures diverse perceptions of people and the suburban communities they live and work in. It shows that discrimination is quite real when it comes to activities like shopping and eating in restaurants, as well as perceptions about how different groups are treated by the criminal justice system.”

 

Thinking back over the last few years have you or your family experienced discrimination because of your race or ethnic background:

 

 

 

2007

1999

Yes

No

DK

Yes

No

DK

At work

Whites

    35%

   64%

   1%

   44%

   56%

Blacks

44

55

1

61

39

Hispanics

38

62

With the police

Whites

23

75

2

13

87

Blacks

33

64

2

41

59

Hispanics

36

57

7

While Shopping

Whites

44

54

2

23

77

Blacks

60

37

4

57

43

Hispanics

53

47

While eating out

Whites

27

70

4

10

90

Blacks

39

56

5

37

62

Hispanics

34

65

1

At school

Whites

29

65

6

15

83

2

Blacks

33

59

8

31

63

6

Hispanics

41

55

4

Totals may not equal 100% due to rounding

Nearly 42 percent of Hispanics believe that they are less likely to get a fair trial then their White, non-Hispanic peers, and over a quarter of Hispanics reported that they had encountered a form of discrimination at least once a month or more.  Based on the aggregated results, Hispanics tend to have a more positive view on relations than other minority groups, however, not as optimistic as Whites.

How often do you experience discrimination in your everyday life because of your race or ethnic background?

 

Total

White

Black

Hispanic

Almost every day

   4%

   3%

   10%

   7%

About once a week

5

2

11

6

About once a month

8

5