Survey shows Southerners make some shifts on systemic racism

The Brief

With the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic and the widespread public outcry against police brutality, we commissioned the 1,800-person survey (600 Black respondents, Latino respondents, and white respondents) to explore attitudes on systemic racism and how Southerners are impacted by COVID-19. This is the second in a series of surveys focused on race and class in the American South, the first of which was released in October 2019. E Pluribus Unum found several positive shifts on how white Southerners view poverty, systemic racism, and economic opportunity, though large racial gaps in perceptions and attitudes on racism persist.

Key Findings – COVID Snapshot: June 2020