A survey of more than 6,000 people conducted by YouGov in 2016 revealed that the British public is split on whether white people are “too racist” to live in the country.
In the poll, a majority of respondents (52%) said they were “not racist at all” while 32% said they “did not have a good understanding” of the concept.
The survey, conducted on behalf of the British Museum, found that Britons were more likely to consider the idea that “racism is not a bad thing” than any other nationality.
“White people think they are not racist at this moment in time, but their view of racism is actually quite positive,” said YouGov’s co-founder Andrew Oswald.
“For instance, in 2015, the BBC reported that white people were far more likely than black people to say racism is a “bad thing”.”
And it’s true that the majority of people are against racism.
It is very divisive.
“But if you think about it, the British population as a whole is much more positive towards racism than the people who live in a country like South Africa.”
But the survey revealed that when it came to how racism is viewed by the general public, it was not as simple as simply saying that white racists were “too bad”.
The survey found that 43% of the UK public thought that “there is no racism in Britain today”.
“People think racism is alive and well,” said Oswald.
“It’s a complex issue.
It’s a matter of opinion.
People think they can have a certain kind of opinion about it and I think that’s the key to understanding it.””
There is a general feeling that white racism is somehow wrong,” said the poll’s coach.
“It’s not that they are racist, it’s that they think racism isn’t as bad as it used to be.
Racism isn’t just wrong.”