Poll: Do You Have Friends of a Different Race?

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A recent poll conducted by Reuters reports that many Americans have no friends of a race other than their own. It’s not that surprising, given the dramatically different ways people have reacted to recent events such as the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin shooting, or even last week’s Twitter trend #solidarityisforwhitewomen.

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The results of the Reuters poll show that 40 percent of white Americans say all their friends are also white. Among non-white respondents, 25 percent say all their friends are the same race as they are. The results vary depending on where people live. The West Coast, including California, has the most diverse relationships, while in the South reports the lowest percentage of people with more than five friends of a different race.

What does this mean? I think it shows that while the racial makeup of our nation is changing to become more diverse, it’s not always easy for people to step outside their comfort zones.

What about you? Take our poll and let us know your own situation and thoughts.

Next, tell us: How important is it you to have friends of different races? Share your opinion by clicking on the Swipp smiley face below and moving the slider to give your score, then pressing the Swipp It button to enter your rating. A score of minus 5 would mean "not important at all," while a score of plus 5 would mean "it's essential."

News and Politics Editor Grace Hwang Lynch blogs about raising an Asian mixed-race family at HapaMama.

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