There is a racial divide among millennials when it comes to their views on the government’s responsibility to tackle socio-economic inequality, according to a GenFKD poll.
The reality of privilege
GenFKD asked responders about race and socio-economic disparity. Socioeconomic status includes items like occupation, education, income, wealth, and place of residence. The results revealed a shared acknowledgment of racial inequality as well as some consensus surrounding the government’s ability to resolve it.
However, in a result that raises some eyebrows, white respondents did not reach a consensus that government should be responsible for solving the problem.
When it comes to cracking the books, both sets of respondents agreed that the U.S. education system does not provide equal services to people of all races and backgrounds. There was also agreement, if to different degrees, that historical institutions, such as slavery and Jim Crow, are ongoing factors behind the massive wealth gap.
Further, both sides largely agreed that government intervention somewhat supports economic growth, with black respondents holding a slightly rosier perspective on Uncle Sam’s ability to get things go ing.
“Could” is very different than “should”
The script began to flip, however, when respondents were asked about their economic future and the government. Black respondents were less convinced that government is actively working to create equal opportunity for all races, classes and genders.
Given the agreement on disparity and government’s intervention ability, it was somewhat surprising to find split opinion as to whether government should be responsible for resolving economic disparities between races. A reported 53 percent of black respondents believe it falls upon the government to close these gaps, while white respondents were almost evenly split between yes, no and unsure.
Whether the divide stems from resentment over loss of privilege or, less cynically, a simple lack of confidence in their economic future is unclear.
However, a clue may be found in the divide among respondents when asked if they believe their economic future will be better than their parents. While 64 percent of black respondents believe they will surpass their parents’ economic standing, only 39 percent of white respondents felt the same.
Thus proving that, in the event of an emergency, humans don’t need a reminder to first put on their oxygen mask before helping the person sitting next to them.