Muslims more likely than Americans overall to say blacks lack equal rights in U.S.

Source: Pew Research Center

Two-thirds of Muslims in the United States (67%) say the country needs to continue making changes to give blacks equal rights with whites, a higher percentage than the share of Americans in general who say this (57%).

Muslim Americans are also more likely than the general public to say there is a lot of discrimination against black people in the U.S. About seven-in-ten U.S. Muslims (71%) say this, compared with 59% of the overall population, according to a 2017 Pew Research Center survey.

Partly this is because black people make up a sizable share of the U.S. Muslim population. In the survey, 20% of U.S. Muslims identify racially as black alone, while another 3% identify as black and another race or as black and Hispanic. The share identifying as black alone is significantly higher than among the general public (12%), according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2016 Current Population Survey.

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