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Exaggerating Bad News on Racism, Anti-Semitism

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Bomb threats against Jewish Community Centers and desecration of Jewish cemeteries make the news and produce fears of surging Jew hatred, even though scientific studies show anti-Semitism at historic lows. A survey from Pew Research Center in February of 2017 showed Jews to be the most popular religious group in America, followed closely by Catholics—another target of religious prejudice in prior generations.

By the same token, the Gallup Poll reports that Americans consider race relations as much worse than 8 years ago, even though African-Americans have been closing gaps in educational and economic achievement, while enduring far lower rates of crime or addiction than 30 years ago.

But why is it that we perceive more prejudice, more racial and religious conflict, when real-life progress is obvious and undeniable?

Media hype regarding any frightening, attention-getting story, focuses attention on bad news, while simultaneously ignoring positive developments that continue to unfold, quietly, in most corners of American life.

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  1. Stephen Johnson  •  Mar 22, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Any plans for a trip to Israel led by Michael?

    Note to Michael. I am now retired from the state senate and Lynn and I enjoy traveling. Thank you for outstanding radio show and your marvelous new book on our Republic.
    Steve Johnson

  2. Bill  •  Mar 23, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    You do know that those threats against JCCs in the USA were being made from Israel by a psychotic, mentally disturbed Israeli

  3. Harvey Homan  •  Apr 1, 2017 at 10:26 am

    We have Obama to thank for worsening race relations. Candidate Trump challenged Blacks to give republicans a shot at improving their lives, and some responded. I've always thought that if Blacks ever get the scam Democrats have been running on them, the victimization game, that the backlash would be truly amazing. I remember the Clintons going to Black churches, their bald-faced patronizing and use of Ebonics to garner support. Utterly disgusting, but too many Blacks bought into it.

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