We like a good infographic here at The Brev. This is a nice one:
In the bluer countries, fewer people said they would not want neighbors of a different race; in red countries, more people did.
A question on the World Values Survey asks if respondents (in 81 countries) would not want people of a different race living nearby.
The more accepting countries are Anglo and Latin (except Venezuela and the Dominican Republic [next door to Haiti?]). Scandinavian countries also scored high, as did Pakistan.
The less accepting: India, Jordan, Bangladesh and Hong Kong head the pack. Also low tolerance are the Middle East, much of Asia and Africa (though most of Africa was not surveyed), plus South Korea.
A major proviso to all this is that answers probably reflect social desirability bias. Still, if it is valid, then one thing is clear: the West — commonly accused of all manner of evils such as orientalism, eurocentrism, racism, bigotry and the like — turns out to be comparatively innocent.
Another major proviso, though, is that wanting to live in a cohesive, united community, with similar neighbours, is not in itself an evil. It can be a key source of social capital.
Max Fisher, A fascinating map of the world’s most and least racially tolerant countries Washington Post May 15, 2013.