Ibram X. Kendi: Ahmaud Arbery Could Have Been Me

Ibram X. Kendi: Ahmaud Arbery Could Have Been Me

PRRI data from 2018 found that 61% of Americans believe that white people have certain advantages in society based on the color of their skin. The same survey found that 73% of Americans said that black people face a lot of discrimination, including 91% of black Americans. This is a notable increase from 56% of all Americans who said the same in late 2016. In The Atlantic, Ibram X. Kendi writes of his experiences as a black man in America through a piece that mourns the February murder of Ahmaud Arbery. ”He could have been me running down the street. As a black male—not to the people who know me or who know Arbery, but to the Americans who don’t know me and think they do—I am Ahmaud Arbery,” Kendi writes.

Trump Approval Falls Significantly Among Seniors 

Recent PRRI data shows that President Donald Trump’s favorability among all Americans has gone from 49% in March to 43% in April. PRRI’s Daniel Greenberg recently published a deeper look at the data that shows that Trump experienced a significant drop among older Americans. In one month, Trump’s favorability among senior citizens has gone from 56% to 42%. Americans 75+, also known as the Silent Generation, saw a decline to 34% favorability, far below baby boomers (45% favorability). “This stands in sharp contrast with previous findings where the Silent Generation and older Baby Boomers were in lockstep in their views on Trump,” Greenberg writes.

Franklin Graham’s Organization Leaves New York

According to PRRI data, 69% of New Yorkers support same-sex marriage. Despite data that shows the opposite, Rev. Franklin Graham contends that most New Yorkers don’t actually support same-sex marriage. Graham’s comments about same-sex marriage and other issues led to protests against his organization Samaritan’s Purse aiding in coronavirus healthcare in New York. Following decreased demand for their services and protests over their organization message, the organization prepared to leave New York this week.

PBS Series Highlights AAPI Stories

When surveyed in 2017, nearly seven in ten (71%) young Asian American and Pacific Islanders said that their community was negatively represented in the entertainment industry. In celebration of AAPI Heritage month, PBS will air a five-part documentary series that looks to highlight and accurately portray AAPI stories. It isn’t “the sepia-toned version of Asian American history,” Renee Tajima-Peña, showrunner and producer of Asian Americans, says. “That’s not the real history.” More recent PRRI data highlights the economic struggles of the AAPI community in California.

Pandemic Forces Religious Organizations to Embrace Technology

More than 61% of those who said they would celebrate Easter in 2020 planned on doing so via an online service or watching something on TV, according to PRRI data. In a piece for Reuters, Angela Moore looks at how different religious organizations have embraced online worship during the coronavirus pandemic. “Worshipers have taken to online connections as the dangers of the virus and uncertainty of self-isolation deepen their spirituality and strengthen their faith,” Moore reports. Data shows that this group could skew older. Young Americans ages 18-29 (47%) were less likely than older groups ages 50-64 (66%), and seniors ages 65 and over (68%) to say they planned to attend online services.