A recent study conducted indicated that 79% pf people felt that there is a need for groups in Bermuda to work toward racial justice.
A statement from CURB’s President Cordell Riley said: “In a survey conducted earlier this year, registered voters strongly felt that there was a need for groups to work toward racial justice.
“Nearly 8 in 10 respondents (79%) felt that there is a need for groups in Bermuda, such as Citizens Uprooting Racism in Bermuda (CURB), to do this kind of work. And the difference by race was not significant with 81% of blacks stating that there was a need compared to 76% of whites.
“There were no differences by sex, with 80% of males supporting the need to work for racial justice, compared to 78% of females. While the results among age groups were also not significant (80% for the 18-34 age group, 79% for the 35-54 age group, and 78% for those 55 and over), the result for young people was particularly surprising.
“Anecdotal evidence suggests that younger people are not as focused on race, or talk less about it, even as they perceive older people to dwell more on it. However, since the wording of the question was ‘work toward racial justice’, it is possible that younger people prefer to work toward, rather than just talk about, racial justice.
“The only significant result was by income. Persons earning more than $100,000 were more inclined than those earning less to support racial justice efforts (84% for those earning $100,000 or more, compared to 78% for those earning $50-$100,000, and 75% for those earning less than $50,000.)
“It is possible that lower income earners are more focused on survival and less on other issues. Higher income earners may will be aware of the need for racial justice but unsure as to how to tackle it.
“The survey was conducted between November of 2011 and early February 2012 among 301 registered voters. There was a mix of landlines and cell phones with more than 90% of calls being made to landlines. The margin of error was plus or minus 5.6% and data were weighted as appropriate.”
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- CURB Release ‘Racial Justice Platform’
- CURB Workshop: “What It Means To Be White”
- Upcoming: CURB Racial Justice Conference
- Seminar: Structural Racism & The Classroom
- CURB’s White Racial Identity Workshop