What are the world's most racist countries? How about it's least racist? An infographic at the Washington Post let's us know
, using data gathered from the World Values Survey
on attitudes held by folks all across the globe.
The red countries on the map are the most likely to have answered in the affirmative when asked if they would not
want "people of another race" as neighbors. The countries in blue were more open-minded on the question, with the dark blue countries appearing to be the most enlightened.
Multicultural India scores badly, as does the Middle East, while the US, most of South America and northern Europe do pretty well. The economic powerhouses of Russia and China fall somewhere in the middle of the "racism spectrum," while there is no data for most of Africa.
Max Fisher, the author of the piece, admits some problems with the methodology used. First, some respondents of course lie when stating their preferences - few want to be thought of as racist - and second, the data is historically uneven: some of it is old, some of it recent. But it's the former dilemma that prompts him to speculate:
"Perhaps some people are just more honest about their racial tolerance than others," he writes. "It's possible that we're seeing this effect in the U.S.-India comparison; maybe, for example, Americans are conditioned by their education and media to keep these sorts of racial preferences private in a way that Indians might not be."
Via the Washington Post