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75% of White People Have Zero Minority Friends
Average white person with 100 friends has 1 black friend, survey notes
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Aug 27, 2014 9:26 AM CDT
Most white people don't have any black friends, a survey finds.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Three-quarters of white Americans lack any minority friends, a survey finds: Their social networks, according to the Public Religion Research Institute, are "entirely white." The average white person with 100 friends, meanwhile, would have a single black friend, a single Latino friend, one Asian friend, and one mixed-race friend, the Washington Post reports. A black person with 100 friends would typically have eight white friends, per the survey. The data seem to prove the Chris Rock joke that "all my black friends have a bunch of white friends—and all my white friends have one black friend," Christopher Ingraham notes at the Post.

Among black Americans, about 65% have social networks consisting of only black people, the survey finds, per the Atlantic. For Hispanic Americans, the figure is 46%. The homogeneity among white people might be explained in part by our habit of making friends who are similar to us, Ingraham notes. There's also the persistent segregation in our communities, notes Zak Cheney-Rice at News.Mic: Fueled by housing discrimination and poverty, "geographical divides between white and black Americans are a defining characteristic of most US cities," he writes. Adds Ingraham: "The implication of these findings is that when we talk about race in our personal lives, we are by and large discussing it with people who look like us."

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martylarryking2
Oct 16, 2014 2:28 PM CDT
that means 25% of white associate with blacks, why? what possible benefits could there be?
KDickley
Sep 1, 2014 12:11 AM CDT
Could it be because 80 % of blacks don't like whites? They blame us because of what they're told someone supposedly did to their ancestors. I have minority friends at work, some black, mostly Mexican and others, who I'd put my job on the line for, just as much as my white friends at work. Some friends I might risk my life for. If a person is stand up good, it doesn't matter what color he is.
Honesty90
Aug 29, 2014 10:15 AM CDT
I've always kind of figured this ,Black people need to keep this in mind when ever we have a conversation with a white person online or otherwise who is coming of as ignorant or with a lack of empathy. Most of these people don't have black people in there lives that they care for . .....They just can't help themselves .