Thursday, October 1, 2020

One in Three, Discrimination Towards U.S. Latinos Continues to be a Problem

One in three Latinos in the U.S. say they have faced discrimination while applying to jobs, for equal pay, and when being considered for promotions, according to a poll released Wednesday. Latinos also face discrimination in the housing market according to the poll conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

The report found that at least one in five Latino respondents said they or a family member had been treated unfairly by the courts (20 percent) or unfairly stopped or treated by the police (27 percent), and that 25 percent of Latinas report they were discriminated against while at a doctor’s office or health clinic.

The poll is part of a larger NPR project called “You, Me and Them: Experiencing Discrimination in America.” It indicates that discrimination can lead to negative effects on health, and decrease overall life expectancy. The poll was conducted between January 26 and April 9 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

Immigrant Latinos were noted to have experienced discrimination more than twice as often as non-immigrant Latinos. Disparities also existed based on the kind of neighborhood people resided in.

Those more likely to report personal discrimination are non-immigrant Latinos and those with a college degree.

NBC News