Indian Americans face unfair police treatment in US: Survey

New York, Dec 6  Many Americans of Indian origin could be at the receiving end of unfair police treatment as a new survey has revealed that Indian Americans are much more likely than Chinese Americans to report discrimination at the hands of the law enforcement agencies in the US.

Indian Americans were significantly more likely (17 per cent) than Chinese Americans (two per cent) to say they or a family member had been unfairly stopped or treated by the police because they were Asian, the results of the survey showed.

This is despite the fact that Indian Americans were also more likely (33 per cent) than both Chinese Americans (16 per cent) and Southeast Asian Americans (11 per cent) to say they lived in a predominantly upper income area.

The report released this week is part of a series titled “Discrimination in America” which is based on a survey conducted for National Public Radio, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

A quarter or more of Asian Americans in the survey said that they experienced anti-Asian discrimination in employment and when seeking housing.

Additionally, nearly one in five Asian Americans said they faced discrimination because they were Asian when applying to or while attending college (19 per cent) or when interacting with police (18 per cent)

“Our poll shows that Asian American families have the highest average income among the groups we’ve surveyed, and yet the poll still finds that Asian Americans experience persistent discrimination in housing, jobs, and at college,” said Robert Blendon, Professor at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health who co-directed the survey.

“Over the course of our series, we are seeing again and again that income is not a shield from discrimination,” Blendon said.

The report showed that that 21 per cent of all Asian Americans said that they or a family member had been threatened or non-sexually harassed because they were Asian.

Another 10 per cent say that they or a family member had experienced violence, and eight per cent said they had experienced sexual harassment because they were Asian.

Non-immigrant Asian Americans are significantly more likely than immigrant Asian Americans to say they have experienced these forms of discrimination, the findings showed.

The survey was conducted between January 26 and April 9, 2017, among a nationally representative sample of 3,453 adults aged 18 or older.

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