It wasn’t long ago when presidential candidates spoke of immigration reform and hammered their fists onto podiums proclaiming they would fix the problem. Democrats seemed to support legalizing the 12 million undocumented immigrants in America, while Republican’s rejected the idea and any bill supporting it
All it seemed to take was a sharp dive in the housing market, credit and the U.S. economy and a new agenda was on the minds of presidential candidates and the people of America. A new study reveals some controversial statistics between the views of Blacks, Whites and Hispanics in America and their view at how hard they work compared to immigrants.
The Pew Research Center released data which you can read here, revealing the differing views between races and how they viewed immigrant workers in America. When looking at all races together as a group, 56% of adults in America believe that most immigrants work harder than most blacks, 30% disagree and 14% say they don’t. The study took a focus on comparing the changes in the way races viewed hard working between blacks and immigrants from a study done in 1986 and a study done recently
When looking at how whites viewed themselves as hard workers compared to immigrants in 1986, 65% said that immigrants work harder than them at low-wage jobs. Fast forward to now and you’ll find that it has dropped by 4%, with 61% of whites reporting they feel this way. If you asked white Americans how they viewed the hard work of immigrants compared to blacks in 1986 you’d find 63% claiming it was true but in the current timeframe that has declined to 55%.
What is really eyebrow raising is when you look at the difference in what black and white Americans think about hard work when asking if most immigrants work harder than blacks. Surprisingly, 64% of blacks feel that immigrants work harder than other blacks at low-paying jobs compared to the 55% of whites believing so. If you’re looking for some real controversy besides these statistics, all you have to do is look at Daniel Miessler’s blog here where he states, “There’s a simple explanation for whites not agreeing with the statement as much as blacks: they’re simply afraid to say what they believe for fear of feeling like, or being labeled, a racist. Blacks have immunity in this regard due to the fact that they’re talking about themselves, thus they are more free to say what they really think.”
Although you have whites believing 8% less than in 1986 that immigrants work harder than blacks, you will see blacks in the study holding ground in their view
If there is one race that definitely feels immigrants work much harder than black and whites in America, it’s Hispanics. Hispanics strongly believe immigrants work harder than whites at 72% giving a resounding yes. When looking at how blacks compare to immigrants in working harder, Hispanics believe 67% of immigrants work harder than blacks at low-paying jobs.
As the economy remains on shaky ground and Wal-Mart profits continue to come in reliably, America seems to think there is one person doing most of the work! Immigrants seem to be ringing in the new economy of low-paying jobs with hard work and dedication. What do you think? Are you working harder than the immigrants that are taking your jobs? Why have white Americans decided blacks are not working as hard as immigrants less true, but blacks feel this is more true?
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