WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Less than half of Black women in the U.S. (46%) report feeling safe walking alone at night in the area where they live, compared with about three in four Black men (75%) and U.S. adults overall (73%).
Among all race and gender subgroups, Black women are the only group in which less than half say they feel safe walking alone.
These measures, as well as others, are updated on a quarterly basis as part of the ongoing research from the Gallup Center on Black Voices.
Meanwhile, if they had an interaction with police in their area, two in three Black women (67%) say they believe they would be treated fairly and with respect -- slightly lower than among Black men (72%) and much lower than the national average (86%).
25% of Black Women Report Racial Discrimination Experiences in Past Month
One in four Black women report being treated unfairly in the past 30 days because of their race or ethnicity (25%) -- a higher rate than the roughly one in five among Black men (19%).
Black women face unique challenges beyond those experienced by Black Americans more broadly.
They stand apart from all other race and gender subgroups in that most don’t report feeling safe walking alone in their neighborhood. Black women are also more likely than Black men to report having experiences of mistreatment due to their race and are less likely than Black men to have confidence they will receive fair, respectful treatment in interactions with law enforcement.
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