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Majority of Young Latinos Say They’ve Experienced Discrimination: Report

Younger Hispanics are far more likely to say they have experienced discrimination than Latinos over 50, according to a Pew Research Center study.

Half of all Hispanics 52 percent, say they've experienced discrimination or were treated unfairly at some point in their life because of race or ethnicity.

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But such experiences are more often to be cited by Hispanics 18 to 29 years old, Pew found. In fact, 65 percent of Latinos in that age group told Pew they had experienced racism or discrimination.

In contrast, just 35 percent of Hispanics 50 or older said the same.

There also are differences among Hispanics based on where they were born.

While 62 percent of Hispanics born in the U.S. say they have experienced discrimination or unfair treatment, just 41 percent who are immigrants say they have.

Hispanics are very similar to blacks in their attitudes on race relations. About six-in-10 Hispanics, 58 percent, say they are generally bad in the U.S. About 61 percent of blacks have that same belief and 45 percent of whites.

In Pew's national survey of 654 Hispanics from Feb. 29-May 8, about one-in-four identified as Afro-Latino and a quarter said they had indigenous background.

According to the survey, many Hispanics discuss racial inequality regularly with family and friends. The topic of racial inequality is discussed often or sometimes by about 62 percent of Hispanics, compared to 74 percent of blacks and 59 percent of whites.

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