Survey Shows World's Most Racist Countries, U.S. and U.K. at Bottom of List

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Though we often see and hear about racism in the United States, America is one of the least racist countries in the world.

A recent World Value Survey revealed that the most racially intolerant nations are in the developing world. The top five consists of countries like Bangladesh, Jordan and India.

The study was made up of 80 countries that were studied over three decades. 

It found that the least racist countries were mostly Western ones, as the most accepting ones were Britain, the U.S., Canada and Australia.

In the survey, participants were asked what types of people they would not like to live next to. It counted how many people chose "people of a different race."

Those who expressed they did not want a neighbor of a different race were considered less racially tolerant.

The highest population of intolerant people was Hong Kong. There, 71.8 percent of people said they would refuse to live next to someone of a different race.

Next was Bangladesh, with 71.7 percent, and Jordan with 51.4 percent. India was just below half, at 43.5 percent.

The United States seemed to be very accepting of other races, as only 3.8 percent said they wouldn't like to live next to someone of another race. 

Similarly, less than 5 percent of Brits, Canadians, Australians and New Zealanders showed signs of intolerance. 

Those living in the U.K. also expressed tolerance for people speaking a foreign language or practicing a different religion. 

Though most of Western Europe expressed tolerance for other races, France was an outlier, as 22.7 percent of French rejected neighborhood diversity.

Some have criticized the survey, saying that the polls span over a long period of time and do not reliably convey current attitudes.

Another flaw could be that Western countries think of racism as taboo, so people may hide their intolerant opinions and lie.

"Americans are conditioned by their education and media to keep these sorts of racial preferences private," Max Fisher of the Washington Post said, "i.e. to lie about them on surveys, in a way that Indians might not be."

Sources: Daily Mail, The Sun