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Posted: Thursday, 18 July 2013 4:36AM

Poll: Americans think black people are the most racist in the nation

As race relations continue to be in the spotlight following the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman case, a recent poll that shows both black and white people agree that African Americans are the most racist.

Click here for the full poll from Rasmussen.

This Rasmussen poll was conducted before the Zimmerman verdict was announced.

It shows overall, when all people in the United States are included, 37% believe African Americans are the most racist. And when the results are broken out to those of just African Americans, Rasmussen says, "Among black Americans, 31% think most blacks are racist, while 24% consider most whites racist and 15% view most Hispanics that way.

"Among white adults, 10% think most white Americans are racist; 38% believe most blacks are racist, and 17% say most Hispanics are racist. "

Can people of all colors be racist?

"Yes," says Michael Cowan, the former head of the New Orleans Humans Relation Commission who is now with Common Good at Loyola University, "If we're defining 'racist' here as bigoted or prejudiced, then of course people from any group can be that."

Race continues to be an issue due to lingering effects of slavery and segregation he says, and "To me the biggest lingering effect is poverty and lack of economic opportunity."

Cowan says the way forward is with "Multiracial coalitions that are working together on matters of common interest. Racial segregation, separation, division, all those things that divide us actually get in the way of what we know works."

The good news is he says young people are less focused on and obsessed with race. "Now whether we would call it post-racial, that might be a little too much."

The poll shows "Blacks are slightly more optimistic about the current state of race relations in American than whites and Hispanics are."

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