Americans Overwhelmingly Support Teaching the Current Impacts of Racism in Public Schools

A new survey by the Gallup Organization finds that a large majority of Americans believe that the current impacts of racism and race-related history topics should be taught in U.S. schools.

Recent data from the Gallup Center on Black Voices indicate that more than three in four Americans support curricula that teach students about the current impacts of racism. Some 87 percent of Black adults support the inclusion of the current impacts of racism in school curricula. Some 72 percent of White adults and 77 percent of Hispanic adults agree.

Americans are somewhat more likely to support addressing historical racism in K-12 curricula. More than 80 percent of all adults support the teaching of the history of racism in the U.S. in the public schools. Some 86 percent of all American adults support the teaching of Black Americans’ contributions to the U.S. and their impact on society today.

The data was collected from a survey of more than 13,000 American adults this past spring.

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