Discrimination in America: About the Survey
Discrimination has been widely shown to have significant, harmful effects on health and well-being. The results of the "Discrimination in America" survey show major variation in reports of personal experience with discrimination because of race, gender, or LGBTQ identity, and can be viewed as the scientific backing for anecdotes related to discrimination that surround us across a range of areas in everyday life, including:
- When interacting with the police
- When applying for jobs
- When it comes to being paid equally or considered for promotions
- When trying to rent a room or apartment or buy a house
- When going to a doctor or health clinic
- Whether they have experienced slurs
- Whether they have experienced negative assumptions or insensitive/offensive comments
- Whether people have acted afraid of them
Between October and December 2017, separate survey reports were released covering each group’s experiences, in conjunction with coverage from NPR. A final report compared all groups surveyed collectively.
Overall, the reports portray a complex experience of discrimination across different areas of life and different groups in America. They demonstrate that, rather than isolated incidents, these experiences reflect a larger, systemic pattern of discrimination in America, with significant implications for the health of both individual Americans and the nation as a whole.