How much more can white Americans do that hasn't already been done for over sixty years? Nothing.
Perceptions about the state of black-white relations in America have
fallen dramatically since the summer of 2009. But voters are still more
optimistic about that relationship than they are about relations between
whites and Hispanics and between blacks and Hispanics.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 36% of
voters now say relations between blacks and whites are getting better.
That’s down from 62% in July of last year at
the height of the controversy involving a black Harvard professor and a
white policeman. That number had fallen only slightly to 55% in April of this year.
Twenty-seven percent (27%) now say black-white relations are getting
worse, up 10 points from July 2009, while 33% think they’re staying
about the same. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
African-Americans are much more pessimistic than whites. Thirty-nine
percent (39%) of whites think black-white race relations are getting
better, but just 13% of blacks agree.