Race relations between black and white Americans have reached their lowest point since pollsters began following the sentiment 20 years ago.
A whopping 57 percent of Americans believe relations between black and white Americans are “somewhat” or “very” bad, according to the poll released by Gallup on Wednesday.
Only 42 percent said relations between the two races are “very” or “somewhat” good.
“In 2019, 51 percent of Americans said relations were ‘very’ or ‘somewhat’ good. However, following the murder of George Floyd in May 2020, the rating dropped the following year as protests against racial justice erupted across the country,” de Hill reports. “The survey was conducted between June 1 and July 5, and according to Gallup, there is a cross-sample of black Americans, weighted by their appropriate proportion of the population. Gallup notes that during the investigation, Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer convicted of murdering Floyd, was sentenced to 22.5 years in prison.”
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Twenty years ago, in 2001, 70 percent of Americans rated black and white relationships as positive.
“While white Americans were generally more likely than black Americans to say race relations are good, until 2016 they rated positively at least a small majority of both racial groups. and the views of white Americans about race relations, the views of black adults lag behind those of white adults. Currently, 10 points separate black and white adults’ views on race relations – 33% vs. 43%. Each reading is the lowest recorded for both racial groups. This gap is identical to last year’s, but smaller than in 2018 (14 points),” Gallup reported.
Americans don’t have an equally bad assessment of race relations. “The majority of Americans rated relationships between Hispanic and white people, black and Hispanic people, Asian and white people, and black and Asian people as good,” the polls noted.
“The generally positive forecast for racial harmony among the public masks a sharp divide in the views of black and white Americans. Currently, there is a 20-point gap between black adults (40%) and white adults (60%) that may resolve racial discord in American society. This is the largest gap on record in Gallup’s three-decade trend, and it’s especially striking given that it came on the heels of a 10-point rise in black American optimism last year,” the report continues.