The Wonkblog over at the Washington Post has a pretty interesting write-up of new research from the Public Religion Research Institute. In a study of race and friendship, PRRI found that a large majority (75 percent) of whites have “entirely white social networks without any minority presence.” And, for what it’s worth, the same holds true for less than two thirds of Blacks.

The research went on to state that, in a 100-friend scenario, the average white person has 91 white friends; one each of black, Latino, Asian, mixed race, and other races; and three friends of unknown race. On the other hand, the average black person has 83 black friends, in addition eight white friends, two Latino friends, zero Asian friends, three mixed race friends, one other race friend, and four friends of unknown race.

Ultimately, the average black person’s network of friends is 8 percent white.  The average white person’s friend network is just 1 percent black. The Wonkblog illustrated the stats pretty well with this infographic:

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Do you think the racial background of a person’s friends is important, does it imply something about that person? Does having a diverse friend network provide special insights into racial matters? Finally, if the average white person has so few black friends, how is that so many seem to have a “best” black friend to excuse their questionable behavior in when it comes to race? Things that make you go “hmmmm.”

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9 thoughts on “Study: 3 of 4 Whites Have No Non-White Friends

  1. When it comes to stuff like this, people can hang with whoever they want to hang with within their group. YOu can NOT make people be friends even with people within your race. When it comes to stuff like this, people hang with who they have to most in common with and who they are happy around. But even at this, that does NOT mean to disrespect another group.

  2. Mrknowitall on said:

    European Americans like myself have only a few friends of any color. Too many European Americans are welfare rats that i don’t want as fridnds.

  3. I can’t believe they wasted good money on a study to come to their conclusion. I don’t want to be bothered with them no more than they want to be bother with me. The only difference is they pretend like they want to be friends and act as if they are offended when you don’t want to hangout for lunch, after work or at the holiday party.

  4. seriously, I totally agree with you.

    I work with folks whose only contact with others who dont look like them is when we are at work. Most of them do not live around minorities or come out of their “comfort zones.”

    Those whites at work who are respectful and cordial to me, I return the same-the others f them!

    The same in my neighborhood which is becoming more vanilla every dam day.

    I don’t care about you as a neighbor, just maintain your property in the same manner that I keep mine, pay your fair share of property taxes.

    We need to stop looking for acceptance from Whites and concern ourselves with treating one another better.

    Black folks can often be each others worst enemy and other races know this and play this against us.

    I have a sign in mu cubicle in capital letters which defines how I feel–
    “I’m not here to make friends, I am here to make $$$!
    Nuff said!!!!!!

  5. seriously on said:

    So what, I say…I could careless about who wants to be friends with who…I could careless about friendships…What about equality in work, salary, housing, legal system etc…I do not need or require your friendship, just give me what my tax dollars are paying for. And we never have to speak, live next to each other at all.

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