According to a new round of polling, a majority of white people in the United States believe that they are the ones being discriminated against in society today. Although most of the respondents could not point to an actual event where they were discriminated against, they still believe it is happening to white people. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this.

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According to a new poll released by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, 55% of white people in the United States believe that white people are being discriminated against in their daily lives here in the United States.

Now, what’s really interesting about this fact is that most people polled, the white people who say they’re being discriminated against, many of them could not name a specific instance in which they personally were discriminated against. A few of them did come out and say things like, “Well, I was up for a promotion and instead they promoted the black guy instead,” as if that’s some kind of oppression and has nothing to do with perhaps age, longevity, skill, ability. You know, it’s just because, oh, a black guy got something and I didn’t, I’m being oppressed. That particular view point is exactly what this poll is trying to expose.

White people are not being discriminated against in the United States. Pretty much throughout our entire history as a country, white people have not been discriminated against in the United States. Now, I’m sure you can probably find one or two instances, maybe a business here or a business there run by a black person that said, “No, we don’t like white people.” Yeah, you can find racists on both sides. But systemically, no, white people haven’t. White people have never been told that they have to sit on a certain place on a bus. White people have never been told that they have to go sit in a separate segregated section of a restaurant. White people have never been bought and sold in this country to go work on plantations.

White people are not being discriminated against, but the majority of people in this country, white people, and it’s a slim majority, it’s about 55%, believe that whenever a black person gets something, whenever a black person succeeds, it comes at the expense of a white person. Why? Because all they see is the black and white issue. They don’t look at how hard that person worked. They don’t look at the adversity that they overcame, the long nights they spent studying in college or high school, the hard work that they’ve put in all through their lives. No. All they see is, well, I’m white, I didn’t get the thing, but the black person did. That’s discrimination. That’s not how it works.

You want to know how discrimination works? Why don’t you go look at the footage of those Charlottesville riots? Why don’t you go look back at the history prior to the Civil War? Why don’t you go look back at the history of the ’30s and the ’40s and the ’50s and the civil rights movement? That’s what discrimination looks like. White people in this country have never faced anything like that and it is beyond appalling and absolutely disgusting that a majority of them think that somehow they are the victims of some kind of race war in the United States today.

Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at DeSmogBlog.com. He is the co-host / guest host for Ring of Fire Radio. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced