Race relations are now worse despite America’s first bi-racial and post-racial president.
But, but…. It’s all Bush’s fault!
David Gardner of the UK’s Mail Online writes on October 8, 2010:
Hopes that race relations in America would improve with the election of the nation’s first black president have been dashed – with figures showing that the situation has actually worsened in the past two years.
A new poll found that just 36% per cent of voters now believed that relations between black and white was getting better. This is compared with 62% a year ago and 55% in April.
According to the Rasmussen survey, black respondents were less optimistic – with just 13% believing that understanding between the races was heading in the right direction, compared to 39% of whites.
Confidence that America had broken through a major race barrier with Mr Obama’s election two years ago appears to have sunk along with the popularity of his administration.
Washington analysts believe voters became more polarised as jobless figures continued to rise, the economic recovery remained sluggish and the Democrat-controlled government pushed through unpopular health and financial reforms. It didn’t help when several prominent Democrats – most notably former president Jimmy Carter – suggested that opposition to the party’s healthcare overhaul was motivated by racism.
[…] Rasmussen claims that 27% of Americans now believe that black and white relations are actually deteriorating, up by 10% from last summer, while 33% think they are about the same.
The survey, carried out last weekend, suggested that relations between whites and Hispanics in the US were even worse. Only 21% thought they were improving while a staggering 50% felt they were getting worse, while 24% said they were unchanged.
Men quizzed by researchers were more optimistic than women. 59% of blacks remained more optimistic that America was moving in the right direction under Mr Obama, a view shared by just 27% of whites.
However, 69% of voters still said US society is fair and decent, while only 20% think it is unfair and discriminatory.