White Americans long for the 1950s, when they didn’t face so much discrimination

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Media Outlet: The Washington Post

In a new poll released by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) on Tuesday, a whopping 43 percent of Americans told researchers that discrimination against whites has become as large a problem as discrimination against blacks and other minority groups. And an even bigger share of Americans — 53 percent — told pollsters American culture and "way of life" have mostly changed for the worse since 1950.

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Janell Ross was a Class of 2016 & 2017 New America Fellow, writing a book about the racial wealth gap and the truths about its real origins laid bare by the Great Recession. She is a political reporter for the Washington Post.