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Latino Millennials Among Most Worried By White Extremism: Poll

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Latino Millennials are among the most concerned about the threat of extremism committed by U.S. residents, in particular white extremism like the Charleston, South Carolina shooting at an African Methodist Episcopal Church that killed nine people.

A poll called GenForward by the Black Youth Project at the University of Chicago poll found 80 percent of Latino Millennials are at least somewhat worried and 55 percent are very concerned about terrorism committed by White American citizens. In contrast, 68 percent of White Millennials worry about White extremism and one third are very worried.

Latinos and White Millennials are the most concerned with terrorism committed by U.S. residents inspired by group like ISIS. Eighty-nine percent of both groups worry about the threat, while 88 percent of young Asian Americans and 81 percent of African Americans of the same age worry about the threat.

For Latino, Asian American and African American Millennials, racism in the U.S. ranked as their number one problem in the U.S., while White Americans of the same age worried about terrorism and homeland security.

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Forty percent of Latinos polled support stricter gun control laws and 88 percent of those support stricter penalties for those who violate gun laws. Out of all the groups surveyed, Latino Millennials are the most supportive of increasing police and security presence in public spaces such as schools, movie theaters and malls. GenForward found young Americans, regardless of race, support criminal background checks for all gun sales.

Out of the four groups surveyed, 38 percent of Latinos rank violence against police officers as extremely serious, higher than any other ethnic group in the country. About 30 percent of Black Americans rank violence against police as extremely serious, and 28 percent of White Americans agree.

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