THE GROFF/ELLISON POLITICAL REPORT

The Divide Remains

Posted in Uncategorized by groffellison on July 16, 2008

Many have wondered how a Barack Obama campaign would affect race relations in America.  Would it impact it in a favorable and or dramatic way? Or would it have no impact on the underlying racial problems that exist?

A new poll by the New York Times and CBS News says it’s the latter. 

“Nearly 60 percent of black respondents said race relations were generally bad, compared with 34 percent of whites. Four in 10 blacks say that there has been no progress in recent years in eliminating racial discrimination; fewer than 2 in 10 whites say the same thing. And about one-quarter of white respondents said they thought that too much had been made of racial barriers facing black people, while one-half of black respondents said not enough had been made of racial impediments faced by blacks.

The survey suggests that even as the nation crosses a racial threshold when it comes to politics — Mr. Obama, a Democrat, is the son of a black father from Kenya and a white mother from Kansas — many of the racial patterns in society remain unchanged in recent years.

Indeed, the poll showed markedly little change in the racial components of people’s daily lives since 2000, when The Times examined race relations in an extensive series of articles called “How Race Is Lived in America.”

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