3 in 10 White Southerners Say America Must Protect and Preserve Its White European Heritage, Almost Half Say They’re Under Attack


Three Out of Four Blacks Say Minorities Are Under Attack

A new poll finds three out of ten white Southerners believe it is important for America to protect and preserve its white European heritage, and nearly half of whites across the South say they're under attack.

Neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups often talk about the importance of preserving their white European heritage.

More than three-fourths of black respondents "said racial minorities are currently under attack in the United States."

The poll, released Friday by Winthrop University, did offer some better news. 

While three in ten say America must protect and preserve its white European heritage, more than half disagreed or strongly disagreed with the claim.

The poll was conducted in eleven Southern states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia, from October 22 and November 5. Winthrop contacted 830 residents.

In September, Reuters conducted a nationwide poll finding similar results:

  • 31% strongly or somewhat agreed that the country needs to "protect and preserve its White European heritage."
  • 39% of respondents strongly or somewhat agreed with the statement that "white people are currently under attack in this country."

The Root pushed back against the 30 or 31 percent of whites who feel they are under attack, noting "Whites are more likely to receive business loans, pay lower interest rates than blacks with the same credit history and are more likely to own homes (the No. 1 wealth asset)."

The site also noted that "Blacks are arrested more often for drug offenses than whites even though they use at the same rates. Blacks are stopped by police more than whites. Blacks are searched by cops more than whites. Whites receive much lighter sentences when they commit the same crimes as blacks or Hispanics, according to every study ever done (you can read this one in the New York Times)."

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Hat tip: The Hill

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