Nearly half of Black adults in the U.S. report fearing for their life because of their racial or ethnic background. And seven in 10 Black adults say they have experienced at least one act of discrimination due to their race, according to a new poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
The poll also found that, while Hispanic adults encounter significant discrimination, the percentage of Black respondents experiencing discrimination doubles — and in some cases triples in comparison. Forty percent of Black adults report being denied a job for which they were qualified due to racial discrimination, compared to 15% of Hispanic and 8% of white adults.
One in five Black and Hispanic adults also say they’ve experienced unfair treatment in the workplace. Companies across America are joining the conversation about race by aligning themselves with the Black Lives Matter movement. Several companies are launching new initiatives to reevaluate their workplace and promote equity — beginning with prioritizing funding for more effective diversity and inclusion initiatives.