While discussing whether or not white on black crime has increased in
recent years, Potok argued that a drastic rise was evident, alluding
that American whites have become more racist due to a black president.
“Well I think the best data shows that in fact anti-black racism has
risen over the last four or five years,” Potok said. “There’s polling
that shows that both implicit and explicit anti-black attitudes among
American whites have gone up quite significantly between 2008 and 2012
to the point where now more than half of white Americans have these
CNN contributor Reihan Salam, visibly shocked by Potok’s assertions,
pointed to the massive strides gained in American race relations.
“I think that’s extremely misleading,” Salam said. “You’ll see for
example that one out of 12 marriages in the United States are now
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