May 29, 2014
Breaking the stereotype of a racist being an uneducated thug, the British Social Attitudes Survey has found that the biggest rise in racism is in educated professional White men.
They also found that the older and wiser you get, the more racist you become too. What a surprise.
From the BBC:
Nearly a third of people in Britain admit being racially prejudiced, research has suggested.
The British Social Attitudes survey found the proportion had increased since the start of the century, returning to the level of 30 years ago.
Some 30% of the 2,000 people polled by social research company NatCen described themselves as either “very” or “a little” race prejudiced.
Penny Young, chief executive of NatCen, said the findings were “troubling”.
The survey also found wide variations currently across the country: 16% of people in inner London admitted to prejudice but the figure was 35% in the West Midlands.
Older men in manual jobs were the most likely to say they were prejudiced, but the group recording the biggest rise was educated male professionals.
Levels of racial prejudice increased with age, at 25% for 17 to 34-year-olds compared with 36% for over-55s.
Education had an impact with 19% of those with a degree and 38% of those with no qualifications reporting racial prejudice.
The social attitudes survey has been carried out every year since 1983 – it recorded an all-time low of 25% of people describing themselves as racially prejudiced in 2001.
People were asked whether they would describe themselves as prejudiced “against people of other races”.
Ms Young told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme self-reported prejudice was “very difficult” to study in detail.
It appeared to be in “inexorable decline” in 2001 as part of “increasingly socially liberal Britain” – but has since gone back up.
The effect of the 9/11 attacks and an increase in concern about immigration were two possible reasons for the turnaround, she said.