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Police guard Russell Square following a knife attack in London, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Police guard Russell Square following a knife attack in London, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

How race affects how young people view terrorism


A new poll from the Black Youth Project shows that young people are seriously concerned with extremist violence, but minorities are more afraid of the homegrown variety.

Highlights from the poll:

  • 62 percent of young African-Americans and 55 percent of Hispanics said they were "very concerned" with threat of violence from white extremists
  • One-third of young whites share that fear
  • Hispanics as a demographic are most concerned with foreign terrorism, with 56 percent calling themselves "very concerned"
  • 58 percent of whites called the Orlando nightclub shooting a terrorist attack, compared to just 32 percent of African-Americans
We don't just see what's happening outside our window; we also see what's going on outside other people's window.
Darsi Vasquez, college student from Alabama

"[F]ear of loss of control and loss of privilege is what's inspiring this vitriol and this hate," said Gregg Higgins, 27, a white man who said he was more afraid of "homegrown white extremists" than foreign terrorists.

Other people polled didn't think much had changed but the coverage of extremist violence.

There was some consensus on how the United States should respond to terrorism. More than 50 percent of those surveyed said some rights and freedoms should be sacrificed to prevent future attacks, and 11 percent said sacrifices were always necessary.

However, across all demographics, Donald Trump's proposed ban on Muslims entering the country was widely panned. Young whites had the weakest opposition with 64 percent opposing the ban.

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However, overall, terrorism kills relatively few people. A 2015 report found that you're more likely to get killed by furniture than a terrorist, according to The Washington Post.

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