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WASHINGTON — Has the U.S. achieved Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of a colorblind society? Fewer than half of all Americans say the country has made substantial progress in the past 50 years toward racial equality, a new poll shows.

Despite a heightened sense of racial progress immediately following the 2008 election of the first black president, Americans’ views of black progress have waned.

The study, released Thursday by the Pew Research Center, offers a mixed picture of progress five decades after King made his historic “I Have a Dream” speech calling for racial equality. The center is a Washington-based research organization.

While large majorities of blacks and whites say the two races generally get along “very well” or “pretty well,” blacks continue to substantially lag whites when it comes to household income and net worth, and nearly 8 in 10 African-Americans say a lot of work remains to be done to reach racial equality.

Blacks are more likely than other race groups to say they have been discriminated against in the past year – 35 percent vs. 20 percent for Hispanics and 10 percent for whites – with majorities of blacks saying they are treated less fairly than whites in dealing with police, in the courts, in local public schools or on the job.

President Barack Obama’s 2008 election only temporarily boosted perceptions of progress for blacks. After initially rising across all races, the percentage saying blacks had gained ground in the last five years has dropped to levels last seen in 2007.

Only 1 in 4 African-Americans say the situation of black people is better now than five years ago, down from 39 percent in 2009. Among whites, it fell from 49 percent to 35 percent.

Overall, 49 percent of Americans say “a lot more” remains to be done to achieve racial equality. Among blacks, the share climbs to 79 percent, compared with 44 percent for whites and 48 percent for Hispanics.

“The public seems to be saying that we as a society are heading in the right direction, but we aren’t there yet,” said Pew senior editor Rich Morin. “Most Americans realize we have made at least some progress in the past 50 years, just as large majorities say that we need to do more to truly become a colorblind society.”

Howard University sociologist Roderick Harrison, a former chief of racial statistics at the Census Bureau, said waning perceptions of black progress since Obama’s election reflect a bit of a reality check. The recent recession also hit blacks hard, particularly in employment, he said.

The Pew report shows many recognize the economic hardship facing African-Americans. Overall, Americans are four times as likely to say the average black person is worse off than the average white person, though 41 percent say they are equally well off.

Recent analysis by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows that confidence among African-Americans in Congress and the executive branch has dropped sharply since spiking in 2010, amid increasing political polarization and a divided government.

“Part of what we see over and over again is the limits of political power” to bring about economic equality, Harrison said, pointing in part to deeper structural obstacles for blacks such as lower wealth or segregated neighborhoods.

“Our problem is that given current inequalities in where people start, many of them directly traceable to histories of discrimination and exclusion, these inequalities are likely to be preserved and perpetuated through future generations even if our society were to become genuinely colorblind,” he said.

The Pew findings also coincide with an analysis by the AP-NORC Center showing optimism about the nation’s future divided by race as well as income and education levels, with blacks and Hispanics taking a more positive outlook than whites.

That finding comes despite economic hardship hitting those of all races. The AP reported last month that 4 out of 5 U.S. adults have struggled with joblessness, near poverty or reliance on welfare for at least part of their lives, with white pessimism about their economic future at a 25-year high.

In the Pew survey, perceptions of economic disparity by race were less pronounced among those with lower income levels. Both blacks and whites with incomes below $50,000 annually were less likely than their higher-income counterparts to say blacks are worse off than whites. More than 40 percent of the poor are white.

Census data show that whites outpace blacks in median net worth – 14 to 1. In 2011, median black household income was 59 percent of median white income, up modestly from 55 percent in 1967.

Other findings:

_By political party, about 56 percent of Republicans say the U.S. has made a lot of progress toward racial equality, compared with just 38 percent of Democrats. When asked how much more needs to be done, 35 percent of Republicans say “a lot” compared with 63 percent of Democrats.

_About 7 in 10 blacks say they are treated less fairly than whites in dealing with police (70 percent) or in the courts (68 percent). And the Pew report shows that in 2010, black men were more than six times as likely as white men to be incarcerated. That’s up from 1960, when black men were five times more likely to be in a federal or state prison, or local jail.

_ Blacks are more likely than other race groups to say they are treated less fairly than whites on the job (54 percent); in local public schools (51 percent); in getting health care (47 percent); when voting in elections (48 percent); and in stores or restaurants (44 percent).

The Pew survey includes interviews with 2,231 adults by cellphone or landline from Aug. 1-11, 2013, including 1,471 non-Hispanic whites, 376 non-Hispanic blacks and 218 Hispanics. Among all adults, the margin of sampling error is plus or minus 2.5 percentage points. It is higher for subgroups.

 

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marymeade2

Conservative, Constitutionalist/Anti Statist
10 hours ago ( 3:26 PM)

Continuing to blame other groups for your problems doesn’t help bring equality. Our leadership must stop looking for progress through racial and ethnic lines. It’s not helping as they are counterproductive for this country and minorities. For all the positive that came out of the civil rights movement, negatives came about as well. Many who were leaders in that movement have used those positives as tools to further suppress minorities. They have continued to promote negative racial attitudes instead of using what they learned to bring all races together. Don’t need to name anyone by name, just listen to their speeches.

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10 hours ago ( 2:41 PM)

Instead of calling for general racial equality it would be far better to focus on a few specific areas to help self-motivated members of minority groups to get ahead.

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livfreeordi

There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch!
11 hours ago ( 1:55 PM)

So..the pew Poll shows black optimism DOWN from 39% in 2009 to 26% NOW?

How could this be… with our wonderful “post racial” President, Barack Obama?

Just ANOTHER in the long list of Obama’s failures I guess?

This is what we get when we elect an incompetent “community organizer’ who claimed to be a post racial President, someone who would unite us, . ..but who ended up being the biggest racist we’ve elected President in years..who directs his appeal to the racial “grievance ” industry and stirs up racial anger and animosity every chance he gets….just to cynically shore up his political base.

Obama has set racial relations in the US back for a decade.

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atTorranceCA

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21 hours ago ( 4:02 AM)

When Barak Obama was elected I thought we had turned a corner. I was so naive and so wrong. A substantial minority of the country never accepted his election and it has become stridently vocal over the past four years. They seem to understand intuitively that the country is becoming browner and blacker and will continue to do so inexorably, whether they like it or not. Out of panic and resentment over changing demographics which are effectively beyond their control, they have launched a race based assault on everything non-white and all policies which they view as benefitting people of color. You hear it all the time, from racial insults to screams of “We want OUR country back.” So no, we do not live in a color blind society and there will be lots of racial head butting in our future. Fortunately, my generation is much less obsessed with and much more accepting of racial differences and skin color, and I trust that my children and each succeeding generation will be increasingly tolerant. But it will be several generations before we truly live in a color blind or post racial society, assuming we don’t tear ourselves apart in the meantime.

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16 hours ago ( 9:07 AM)

White people aren’t out to get black neither brown people. They against Obama because of the color of his skin. These are worried about the direction the country is going. And it has nothing to do color. It has to do with globalism and the movement away from the constitutional principals this nation was founded on. People(who know) are opposed to the fascist state we now have and how the greater good is pushed to the side for the benefit of corporations and the globalist. The top politians, including Obama, are in leauge with them. Unfortunately, too many people see everything as black vs white. Which is just stupid.

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livfreeordi

There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch!
11 hours ago ( 2:02 PM)

Maybe it makes you feel better to fool yourself and say it’s about race and not policy, but it’s NOT about race and it never was.

No one I know… gives a rats ass about Obama’s color.

They oppose his stupid policies which are leading down the failed path of socialism.

I’d be perfectly happy to see Clarence Thomas, Thomas Sowell, Dr Carlson, Alan Keyes or ANY one of numerous intelligent black conservative Americans in the Oval Office..as opposed to Obama or any other knee jerk liberal.

Get a clue..and stop lying to yourself.

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06:34 PM on 08/24/2013

America does not promise racial equality, it does, however, promise opportunity. If you work hard, prepare yourself, and believe in the dream, you can also succeed. However, those who still have the chip on their shoulder, who always complain, who always blame others for their lot, who can’t even speak understandably and reject the common good, will never succeed and will always barely survive on handouts, shunned from society and engulfed in a life of crime because of the erroneous believe that is the easy way.

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20 hours ago ( 5:09 AM)

According to The Declaration of Independence racial equality is a given for EVERYONE. Unfortunately, people like you continue to deny others who don’t look or talk like you the same rights you enjoy. Now you know why some folks complain or appear to have a chip on their shoulders for justifiably blaming people who think like you.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

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16 hours ago ( 9:09 AM)

Correction. They are not against Obama because of skin color.

Aquietguy: Correction. They are not against Obama because of skin color.

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16 hours ago ( 9:11 AM)

People like me??? In what way? And what is it that you or anyone in this country can’t do or acheive for the color of their skin.

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11:48 AM on 08/24/2013

This country is an experiment in progress and the outcome is uncertain…whether a nation can accommodate an endless variety of ethnic, racial, naitonal, religious and political segments and still hold onto its core values cannot be proven by its history so far…we are so divided that only a war can get us united around some external threat….blacks do not actually follow the words of MLK Jr because he hoped his children would be judged by their character and not their color…a whole generation of blacks never got that message and they suffer in prisons and poverty because of it…this is not the fault of anyone but God who must want it that way or it would be different…generator, operator, destroyer…GOD…it does whatever it wants with whoever it wants…ergo Theofatalism….to learn what really controls everything from atoms to galaxies visit www.theofatalism.org and pass it on…

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cyndeewi

Here to save the day
04:37 PM on 08/24/2013

You need help! God has nothing to do with bigotry. He has nothing to do with hate at all. Lay it at the feet of you, me and people like us with no love in their hearts.

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05:28 PM on 08/24/2013

So I guess you don’t really believe the Bible or you never really read it….

The Bible claims that God does not just allow such things as some theologians claim, but he actually causes them. “The Lord kills and makes alive; He brings down to the grave and brings up. The Lord makes poor and makes rich; He brings some low and lifts some up.” (1 Samuel 2:6-7) “I make peace and create evil/calamity. I the Lord do all these things.” (Isaiah 45:7) “When a disaster comes to a city, has not the Lord caused it?” (Amos 3:6) “Though you build your nest as high as the eagle’s, from there I will bring you down, declares the Lord.” (Jeremiah 49:16, Obadiah 1:4) “Who has spoken and it came to pass, unless the Lord has commanded it? Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that good and bad come?” (Lamentations 3:37-38) The Quran says the same thing to Muslims; “No calamity comes, no affliction occurs, except by the decision and preordainment of Allah.” (S:64.11) In this context, the Hebrew word for “evil” is translated elsewhere in the Bible as, spoiled, bad, adversity, trouble, sinful, misfortune, calamity, natural disasters, or suffering – so take your pick.

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Trishann

Be true to yourself.
11:07 AM on 08/24/2013

We have a serious problem if the implication of my being accepted as a person is predicated on someone being blind to my color or race. What is assumed wrong with my color or race that one has to blind to it to find me acceptable?

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12:50 PM on 08/24/2013

omg so true

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08:35 AM on 08/24/2013

I think all people choose their destiny. Yes, I am white and college educated. I worked full time and put myself through college. Speaking of college, I graduated in the top of my class but it was thanks to a Black Professor that tutored me when I was struggling in one class. His name was AJ Johnson. A wonderful man and a great inspiration. Prior to college I worked in the thoroughbred racing industry. I worked with Lionel, he was a hoot and a black man. We worked together for 4 years. One day were in the grandstand at a racetrack waiting to watch one of the horses from our stable run a race. I looked at Lionel and said “did you take care of the kids” (meaning did he feed the rest of the horses before he came up for the race) and he said “all the babies are fed”. An older white man turned around and looked at us with horror on his face. Lionel was 50 years old and I was 22. We both just busted out laughing. Every winter we were stabled in S. Fl. (my home was there) and Mom would always invite him to Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner and he always declined. That didn’t stop my Mom though, she would make up a huge platter for him and we would take it to him.
I have an array friends of all races. Read the book, not the cover.

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cyndeewi

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04:39 PM on 08/24/2013

Well stated!

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06:01 AM on 08/24/2013

“blacks continue to substantially lag whites when it comes to household income and net worth, and nearly 8 in 10 African-Americans say a lot of work remains to be done to reach racial equality”

If you take total population in account the statement above is very likely true.

If you take socio-economic groups into account, I find it hard to believe that poor whites or any other group with many fatherless children, low educational interest, drugs and alcohol problems, and broken homes do that much better than Blacks in those categories.

Poverty around the world is linked to big families, poor promotion of education, and lifestyles just as prosperity among Blacks and all others is linked to the opposite lifestyles and choices, NO?

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Liberals unfortunately want to work with everyone,
01:45 AM on 08/24/2013

I don’t think being color “blind” is really the goal — at best the wrong goal.

Equality doesn’t necessarily equate to a “color blind” society.

Lets focus on baby steps first. Maybe we could cover media stories the same way between racist, maybe we could just be empathetic and understand that the atrocities in the past still impact us all today and maybe we could just be honest with ourselves that there are very few people in our country that don’t want the same things — that being; good education for themselves and their children, a certain guaranteed level of fairness, shelter, respect based on character and the right to live.

We don’t really need “color blindness” but we do need a culture that understands and builds on the commonality across different types peoples (assuming there are different types of peoples in the first place).

I am human. How about you?

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06:07 AM on 08/24/2013

I couldn’t agree with you more. Colour blindness would be sad. We all carry a history of foods ways of seeing things and different cultures that are rich and worth exchanging.

Wasn’t that what MLK was saying said when he said something like he dreamed his children would be judged by their character not the colour of their skins?

Good is good and bad is bad … there is plenty of both in all cultures – or are there countries with no courts because no crimes?

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01:01 AM on 08/24/2013

Racism is a fake issue. I say fake because it gets people talking about trivial differences like skin and hair. There is a REAL issue that is far bigger and is in fact the REASON there is tension in the first place. De-Industrialization. Put simply the end of industry in America has left people behind. Millions of whites. Millions of blacks. Tens of millions of people are no longer NEEDED to make the whole country work properly. And it’s only getting worse. In an effort to “help” the people we made them obsolete. In an effort to help the environment we pushed the work to lands we cannot influence, thus HURTING the earth.

If we want racism to be solved we need the dirty, dangerous, low paying jobs BACK from india, china, and elsewhere. Once this country has a NEED for low skill, no education jobs again there we can get some economic progress again.

You all think the two choices are between “good paying” jobs, and “low paying” jobs. But for tens of millions of Americans the two choices are “low paying” jobs and “NO PAYING” jobs (as in the job is gone). In order to show how wrong capitalism is (to you) you condemn millions of people to unemployed status. That creates tension. That creates crime. That creates RACISM. Life gets easier when you have a crappy little job. Racist jokes can be ignored when you have a paycheck. Futures get brighter when your hands are busy.

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11:53 AM on 08/24/2013

your comments make too much sense for those who only want a free pathway to success…those who forget that MLK jr said he hoped his children would be judged by their character and not their color…congratulations…

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09:34 PM on 08/24/2013

agreed. MLK wanted fair judgement of people. Today’s generation just wants NO judgement whatsoever. A world of difference.

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08:40 PM on 08/23/2013

Racial equality? hahahaha….ha! Politicians and diplomats say it’ has improved……… Objectively……it’s a chimera.

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puyol5esp

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06:29 PM on 08/23/2013

Keep talking about it. That will surely make it go away…

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06:15 PM on 08/23/2013

Racism will always be here just like every other ism. Racial profiling will be here just like all other profiling. People profile everyday. But only racial profiling seems to be bad. The only thing anyone can ask for a the ability to acheive their goals and passions and every America can no matter their race. It’s just a matter of if they are or not.

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cyndeewi

Here to save the day
04:44 PM on 08/24/2013

You are wrong and really need to be educated. Profiling is fine. Racial profiling is wrong..it is wrong and it hurts the ones that are being profiled.

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04:28 PM on 08/23/2013

The right, whatever that means, will never allow it as long as there is a sense of white entitlement. This is a cointer to closed minds blaming “the left” whatever that means, for everything. The terms right and left are meaningless unless you put a context. Seems like the “they” of old times. Will rogers was right when it came to jokes and laws and how much rope we give xtremists of both right and left to hang thenselves as we see with sequestration, shut diwn, or sitting on thumbs while the nation slowly spirals into nothing. The udea us not to defund ir reoeal but to find solutions, btw, a poster here saud no photo of the georgia gunman had been posted brcause he wa black, guess what, folks, he was white. The thrill killers were black. The oroblem is nit race but a culture of violence fueled by the idea a gun solves all oroblems or delivers us from evil… Ha ha ha…

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