75% of White People Have Zero Minority Friends

Average white person with 100 friends has 1 black friend, survey notes

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 27, 2014 9:26 AM CDT

(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."

Most white people don't have any black friends, a survey finds.
Most white people don't have any black friends, a survey finds.   (Shutterstock)
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