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Tuesday June 7, 2011

STUDY:  Race Still Matters Says Young Americans and Racism Abounds

STUDY:  Race Still Matters Says Young Americans and Racism Abounds

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Applied Research Center, the nation’s leading think tank on racial justice, today releases a 40-page study and video on the racial attitudes of young people, whom many pollsters and commentators have prematurely labeled as “post-racial.”

Although the “Millennial Generation” (born post-1980, ages 18-30) is the largest, most racially and ethnically diverse generation the US has ever known, it is clear that race continues to play a role in their lives.

Study results are derived from a series of 16 focus groups in the Los Angeles area, in which ARC conducted in-depth discussions on race and racism in society with millennials of diverse racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, educational, and ideological backgrounds.

Key findings include:

**Race matters – a large majority of young people assert that race is still a significant factor within various systems, such as criminal justice, education, employment, and immigration.

**There are differences in how young people of different races and ethnicities view the extent and continued significance of racism in various systems of society.

**Racism is often defined in interpersonal terms – though most young people of color have little problem labeling an entire system as racist.

“Young people are going to lead the country out of today’s mess. We need to truly understand how racism shows up in their lives, rather than fantasize about them being post-racial,” said Colorlines.com Editorial Director Kai Wright.