Monday, July 15, 2024

Black & Latinos Feel More Optimistic About the State of the Country After Biden’s Election

According to a new report conducted by The Pew Research Center, Black and Latino Americans are feeling more positive following the days after the presidential election.

The study included 11,818 respondents who identified as White, Black, Latino, and Asian. The results showed that the number of Black adults who had indicated to feel angry dropped from 72% to 41% in the days following the presidential election. The number of Latinos who had indicated to be angry decreased from 67% to 44%.

The results also showed that 64% of Black & Latinos indicated to feel more hopeful after the election. White respondents’ optimism also increased from 45% to 50%. Before the pandemic there were racial and economic gaps which affected Black & Latinos and during the pandemic, these gaps widened.

Black & Latinos have been hospitalized and dying at a higher rate than any other racial groups, and workers are seeing higher unemployment rates than white workers, there are also similar trends in housing. Before the election, Black voters had expressed to be worried about racial injustices as well as police brutality and they felt undervalued by a President who didn’t condemn white supremacy. They also expressed their fear of losing health benefits if the Supreme Court overturns the Affordable Care Act.

Clarissa Martinez-de-Castro, deputy vice president for the Latino advocacy group UnidosUS said “For the last few years, people have felt either maligned, attacked or their concerns dismissed. [After the election results] many people felt like they could take a breath after holding your breath for a very long time”.