Jacksonville Killings Refocus Attention on the City’s Racist Past

Jacksonville Killings Refocus Attention on the City’s Racist Past

Bobby Caina Calvan for the Associated Press reports that the killing of three Black people Saturday by a white shooter was a painful reminder of racism in Jacksonville, Florida. The shooting took place before the anniversary of a race riot known as “Ax Handle Saturday.” On Aug. 27, 1960, a mob of white people used ax handles to attack Black demonstrators who were protesting segregation. The 21-year-old shooter, Ryan Palmeter, left behind notes to convey he was purposefully targeting Black residents of a predominantly African American neighborhood in Jacksonville. With a median score of 0.52, white Americans are the most likely to score the highest on the PRRI structural racism index, which measures Americans’ views on race and structural racism.


Young Voters Tend To Lean Democrat. Conservatives Are Trying To Win Them Over

Sarah McCammon at NPR reports that the GOP lags behind Democrats with young voters as well as voters of color and women. One young Republican, Alyssa Rinell, told McCammon that she thinks her party needs to do a better job making its case to younger voters. PRRI’s CEO Melissa Deckman, Ph.D., stated that getting the Republican message in front of younger voters may not be enough, noting that younger Americans are more diverse, less religious, and more likely to identify as LGBTQ. “The Republican Party right now is not exactly embracing the sorts of issues that those voters care about,” Deckman said. For example, PRRI finds that 68% of Americans ages 18 to 29 say that abortion should be legal in most or all cases.


Spotlight: Women’s Perspectives on Gender Discrimination and Society Today

In honor of Women’s Equality Day, PRRI Research Assistant Madelyn Snodgrass examines women’s attitudes about gender discrimination and the nature of American society today. ​​According to the PRRI-EPU Religion and Inclusive Spaces Survey, one in ten women say they have personally experienced hostility or discrimination based on their gender or gender expression. Younger women are more likely to say they have experienced discrimination based on their gender than older women. Additionally, the 2022 PRRI American Values Survey found around four in ten Americans agree with the statement “society as a whole has become too soft and feminine.” This differs substantially among partisan lines, however, with the majority of Republican women agreeing that society has become too soft and feminine (61%), compared to 41% of independent women and only 15% of Democratic women.


A Groundbreaking Exhibition on the National Mall Shows Monuments Aren’t Set in Stone

Neda Ulaby for NPR writes that a temporary playground in the middle of the National Mall is a part of “Pulling Together,” a new outdoor exhibition that sets out to commemorate American stories that are otherwise not represented. Artist Derrick Adams included a 1954 photograph of a park after it was desegregated, depicting Black and white children happily playing together. Exhibit co-curator Salamishah Tillet said, “I appreciate the fact that it’s acknowledging both the difficulties of the past, the celebration of civil rights and ushering us into another present as well.” PRRI’s latest report found that a majority of Americans support “efforts to tell the truth about the history of slavery, violence, and discrimination against racial minorities in their communities.”


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Read PRRI’s full spotlight “Women’s Perspectives on Gender Discrimination and Society Today” here.