Poll claiming 56% of Americans believe society is racist is ‘shocking and devastating,’ says Ben Shapiro


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Conservative podcaster and commentator Ben Shapiro sounded the alarm over a recent survey indicating that a majority of Americans believe the country is racist, a finding he called “shocking and devastating.”

In an interview with Fox News’ Martha MacCallum, Shapiro, who founded The Daily Wire, said that if the results are accurate, then most Americans will begin advocating for “complete destruction of the system from within,” the end result being the loss of our constitutional founding.

“It’s shocking and devastating because it means one of two things,” he told MacCallum.

“Either the majority of Americans believe that their family, friends and neighbors are actually racist… or they believe that the institutions of American society are so deeply corrupt and systematically racist that they have to be razed to the ground,” Shapiro said.

(Source: Fox News)

“The only solution if you believe that society, at this moment in 2020, is systematically racist or inherently racist is complete destruction of the system from within,” he added.

Shapiro was referencing a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey conducted for both media outlets by Hart Research Strategies and Public Opinion Strategies, which found that 56 percent believe American society is racist, while 40 percent do not.

Citing the poll’s results, The Hill adds:

It also showed that those who agreed that American society is racist broke down decidedly along party lines, with 82 percent of Democrats saying they believed it, with just 30 percent of Republicans agreeing. The poll also showed a wide gap from a gender perspective, with 66 percent of women saying they believed American society is racist compared with 46 percent of men.

“I wonder how much of this is a certain amount of cultural pressure to cave to a particular narrative pushed by the media,” Shapiro cautioned. “You’re not going to get called out or canceled if you say that you believe America is systemically racist and that you are all in favor of kneeling for the National Anthem. You will get canceled if you say the opposite.”

A deeper dive into the survey reveals that Shapiro may be correct.

Twenty-seven percent of respondents described themselves as “very liberal” or “somewhat liberal,” while 33 percent said they were “very conservative” or “somewhat conservative.”

However, 34 percent identified as “moderate,” and it is this category of respondents where the overall survey can often be decided.

Also, the poll found that 43 percent of respondents identified as Democrats or leaning Democrat, as compared to 36 percent of respondents who identified as solid Republicans or leaning Republican.

Nevertheless, in further commenting on the survey, said America cannot be “successful without any sort of shared philosophy, history, or culture.”

“What we are watching right now is the American philosophy being reduced to racism and bigotry. We’re seeing the American culture reduced to reinstallation of hierarchies of power. And we’re watching American history be reduced to a story of exploitation and brutality,” he continued.

“How exactly are we supposed to live together in that kind of society when we don’t really share anything in common other than, what, hatred of the system?”

MacCallum went on to say that she believes the “education system” has failed to teach American youth proper versions of our history and culture, as well as the merits and strengths of our constitutional form of government.


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