40% of US Whites Lack Non-White Friends: Poll
And 25% of non-whites have only friends of own race
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Aug 8, 2013 8:30 AM CDT
Some 40% of white Americans don't have friends who aren't white, a poll finds.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – When it comes to friendship, a vast chunk of Americans are stuck within their own racial communities, a Reuters/Ipsos poll of 4,170 people finds. Some 40% of US whites have no non-white friends, while 25% of non-whites have only friends of their own race. Even if coworkers are thrown into the mix, 30% of Americans have no one of another race in their circles. Certain groups, however, blend more than others: Just a tenth of Hispanics, for instance, have no non-Hispanic friends.

What's more, among Hispanics in relationships, half are with a person of a different race. Just a tenth of whites and blacks in relationships have partners of a different race. There are also regional differences. Pacific states have the most racially diverse friendships and relationships, while the South has the smallest proportion of people who have more than five acquaintances racially different from themselves. Age-based statistics offer hope for a more integrated future: A third of under-30s have a partner of a different race, compared to a tenth of over-30s, and just 10% of under-30s have no racial diversity in their social circles.

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jacksonhole
Aug 9, 2013 11:50 AM CDT
Here's one White person that doesn't care one whit whether I'm called a racist or anything else. I don't like being around black people, have no use for black people and find their stupidity a never ending source of amusement (Guam may "tip over"). So go ahead black folks and guilt ridden white folks, flame on. I won't respond because you simply aren't worth it and I still will never respect a people who cannot and will not pull themselves out of the jungle they always live in. Bringing negro slaves to this country was a terrible mistake because it forever poisoned the potential this country had. Here's our future if no White people are left: decay and violence. We will never go to the stars because blacks and latinos lack the imagination and inherent intelligence to achieve it. The entire world will become what Africa was 300 years ago. Doubt this? Go visit there. Better yet, move there. As far as all races coming from the negro--disproven years ago. If true it's funny how all other races evolved except for the negro. Still living in mud huts and rubbing cow urine on themselves. No different here really in our inner cities--just no mud and cow urine available.
toryd
Aug 9, 2013 2:13 AM CDT
It is logical that people, of whatever race, tend to "hang" with others with whom they are most comfortable. In the same culture, they would have basically the same experiences, same beliefs, same food, possibly same neighborhoods, etc. What is wrong with that? They grow up with all this, so it is very strong. It is when one gets older and is exposed to more of the world (college, jobs) that one is exposed to different cultures and learns to appreciate diversity, but is still most at ease and "at home" with one's own race. So many polls and studies trying to create more conflict among people! Just let people be people!
Ivan_the_Gypsy
Aug 8, 2013 7:41 PM CDT
Whose business is it what color your friends are? I'm friends with anyone I feel worthy of my friendship.