Show an ad over header. AMP

I am the FIRST

Pew survey finds partisan divide on nation's racial history

More than half of Americans say more attention to the history of slavery and racism in the U.S. is a good thing — but only 25% of GOP-leaning voters agree, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center published Thursday.

Why it matters: The survey reveals deep partisan and racial divides over how the U.S. should remember its past to shape its future and gives clues on how fights over critical race theory in present are really about defining the past.

Details: The survey, conducted July 8-18, found that 53% of adults say increased attention to the country's racist history is a good thing for society, more than a year after nationwide protests erupted in the wake of George Floyd's death. About 26% say it is a bad thing.

  • Around 46% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents said they perceive greater attention to the history of slavery and racism as negative. About 29% saw it as neither good nor bad.
  • Among Black adults, 75% said that heightened public attention was positive. Majorities of Asian American (64%) and Hispanic (59%) adults agreed.
  • But only 46% of whites surveyed said greater attention to the history of slavery and racism in the U.S. was good for society.

The big picture: Around 43% of students who were enrolled in public schools in the fall of 2019 were Black, Latino or Asian American, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

  • That increased diversity has put pressure on school districts to be more inclusive about U.S. history to include more voices of color.
  • The national reckoning has led some cities to remove statues honoring Confederate figures and rename streets and buildings honoring former slaveholders and racists.

Between the lines: In recent months, groups of mostly white parents have been crowding local school board meetings to demand districts curb the teaching of historic racism in classrooms.

  • Organized efforts have led some GOP-controlled states to pass bans on teaching critical race theory in K-12 public schools, but the broadly written proposals also threaten discussions about Black, Latino and Native American history.
  • Citizens for Renewing America, a group led by a White House budget director under former President Trump, offers activists model legislation to craft bans in their states.
  • The proposed legislation says that equity, intersectionality, social justice, and "woke" terms are racist ideas, and falsely claims that critical race theory teaches that "one race or sex is superior to another race or sex."

Reality check: Critical race theory — which holds that racism is baked into the formation of the nation and ingrained in our legal, financial and education systems — was developed in law schools in the 1970s and isn't really taught in grade school.

Methodology; The survey of 10,221 respondents has a margin of error of ±1.5%.

Why the startup world needs to ditch "unicorns" for "dragons"

When Aileen Lee originally coined the term "unicorn" in late 2013, she was describing the 39 "U.S.-based software companies started since 2003 and valued at over $1 billion by public or private market investors."

Flashback: It got redefined in early 2015 by yours truly and Erin Griffith, in a cover story for Fortune, as any privately-held startup valued at $1 billion or more. At the time, we counted 80 of them.

Keep reading... Show less

Scoop: Facebook's new moves to lower News Feed's political volume

Facebook plans to announce that it will de-emphasize political posts and current events content in the News Feed based on negative user feedback, Axios has learned. It also plans to expand tests to limit the amount of political content that people see in their News Feeds to more countries outside of the U.S.

Why it matters: The changes could reduce traffic to some news publishers, particularly companies that post a lot of political content.

Keep reading... Show less

Scoop: Amazon quietly getting into live audio business

Amazon is investing heavily in a new live audio feature that's similar to other live audio offerings like Clubhouse, Twitter Spaces and Spotify's new live audio platform, sources tell Axios.

Why it matters: As with Amazon's efforts in podcasting and music subscriptions, the company sees live audio as a way to bolster the types of content it can offer through its voice assistant, Alexa, and its smart speaker products.

Keep reading... Show less

Hurricane Ida exposes America's precarious energy infrastructure

The powerful hurricane that plunged New Orleans into darkness for what could be weeks is the latest sign that U.S. power systems are not ready for a warmer, more volatile world.

The big picture: “Our current infrastructure is not adequate when it comes to these kinds of weather extremes,” Joshua Rhodes, a University of Texas energy expert, tells Axios.

Keep reading... Show less

"We must go further": 70% of adults in European Union are fully vaccinated

About 70% of adults in the European Union are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, said Tuesday.

Why it matters: The milestone makes the E.U. one of the world's leaders in inoculations, after an initially lagging vaccine campaign, the New York Times notes.

Keep reading... Show less

What Elizabeth Holmes jurors will be asked ahead of fraud trial

Jury selection begins today in USA v. Elizabeth Holmes, with the actual jury trial to get underway on Sept. 8.

Why it matters: Theranos was the biggest fraud in Silicon Valley history, putting both hundreds of millions of dollars and thousands of patients' health at risk.

Keep reading... Show less



Get Goodhumans in your inbox

Most Read

More Stories