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The most discriminated-against people in America? It’s people like you, of course.

Pope Francis attends his weekly General Audience in St. Peter's Square on Sept. 18, 2013, in Vatican City. Pontiff called on Catholics together with other Christians to continue to pray for peace in the most trouble parts of the world. (Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

As the situation in Ferguson, Mo., demonstrated, black and white Americans have vastly different views about the discrimination faced by African Americans in the United States today. While blacks were much more apt to see Michael Brown as a victim of his skin color, for example, whites didn't really see it that way. And the phenomenon is hardly limited to Ferguson.

But African Americans aren't alone.

In fact, some other groups who see themselves among the most-discriminated against, according to new data from Pew: Hispanics, evangelical Christians and Catholics.

While 61 percent of Hispanics say "there is a lot of discrimination against" blacks, 71 percent say the same of themselves. In addition, significantly more white evangelicals see themselves as being discriminated against (50 percent) as say the same about blacks (36 percent) or Hispanics (32 percent).

And while Catholics are less apt to see discrimination against their own, fully 33 percent agree that they face "lots" of discrimination. No other group sees Catholics facing even close to that amount of discrimination.

Unfortunately, the samples for the other four demographics listed in the chart below -- gays and lesbians, Muslims, Jews and atheists -- weren't big enough to determine with any certainty whether they also see themselves as heavily discriminated-against.

But previous Pew polling showed 53 percent of LGBTers see themselves as facing "a lot" of discrimination -- more than the 28 percent who say the same of blacks. Among Jews, more see a lot of discrimination against Muslims (72 percent) than against themselves (43 percent).

Also look at atheists. "Unaffiliated" is a label that in large part includes (but isn't limited to) atheists, and sure enough, 36 percent of the religiously unaffiliated Americans see atheists as facing lots of discrimination. That's also higher than other religions -- though shy of racial minorities.

The chart below is a reminder that our personal experiences have a huge effect on how we perceive discrimination. On the flip side, very few of us have the same kind of window into the daily lives of people who aren't like us.

Mostly, though, it's a reminder that people see plenty of discrimination in America today. They just can't seem to agree who is on the receiving end.

Apart from themselves, of course.

Updated at 1:26 p.m. with numbers for the LGBT and Jewish communities.