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Analysis: Media, academia blamed for decline in good race relations

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Media and academia are pushing a false narrative of America as a systemically racist nation that is unsupported by hard data and countered by the considerable evidence that society is more tolerant than ever, concludes a lengthy, scholarly analysis published by the Manhattan Institute.

“At a time when measures of racist attitudes and behavior have never been more positive, pessimism about racism and race relations has increased in America,” writes Eric Kaufmann in his executive summary.

Eric Kaufmann (Manhattan Institute)

Kaufmann is an adjunct fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a professor of politics at Birkbeck College, University of London, in England. His scholarship focuses on cultural politics, and religious and national identity.

In the paper’s foreword, Coleman Hughes, a fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research who is of African American and Puerto Rican descent, acknowledges that bigotry in America certainly exists.

“Yet the public perception of bigotry has surpassed the reality to such an extent that it has become a moral panic. White supremacy is said to be rampant. Black people should fear for their lives when going for a jog, one New York Times op-ed argued,” writes Hughes.

Kaufmann contends the public’s mistaken perception of how much racism exists in America today is driven in large part by ideas.

Concepts such as critical race theory and intersectionality once were confined to graduate seminars,

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