Last week, a European racism map was launched online by Harvard University following years of research across Europe. The survey by IAT, published in The Conversation found that the Czechs were the most racist in Europe. The results include nearly 300,000 Europeans from most European countries.
The report focused on the reactions of people to specific words and associations with individual ethnic groups. The methodology of research, however, has been criticized for not being entirely objective. Once more, there were a different number of people from each country who chose to participate.
The survey was attended by 288,000 European citizens during 2002-2015, with 819 people in the Czech Republic. “The IAT method is interesting but also much criticized,” commented Daniel Prokop, a sociologist at Median. “It is unclear how this choice was made, whether it is not just an online poll where people are singled out,” he adds, alluding to the fact that only a few hundred people participated in the Czech Republic, which may not be a relevant sample and reflect the views of Czech residents.
The test was focused on the diversity of perceptions of racism by individual nationalities. It found that in every European country, people less associated people of color with positive words, but on the contrary, used much more negative words. The most negative associations and the use of the words ‘bad’ or ‘criminals’ were used by Czechs, Lithuanians and other Eastern nationalities.
The racism map in Europe has emerged as a counterpart to an existing map of the United States that has similar results. The most racist in the US study was is the South and East of the United States, the least West and North.