The Post Post-Racial Era?

A new study by researchers at the University of Michigan, the University of Chicago, and Stanford University finds that American attitudes towards Black Americans have deteriorated since the 2008 election of Barack Obama. Researchers conducted surveys in 2008, 2010, and 2012. Overall, anti-Black attitudes were exhibited by 49.3 percent of Americans in 2008, 51.1 percent in 2010, and 55.7 percent in 2012.

In the 2012 survey, the results showed that 79 percent of Republicans, 48 percent of independents, and 32 percent of Democrats held anti-Black attitudes. This was substantially higher than in 2008 and 2010.

The paper may be downloaded by clicking here.

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  1. I am not surprised by such research results, in fact I firmly had believed this to be the case. I am relieved nevertheless that there is some validation to the contention that race, racism, or racial discrimination still exists and, therefore, should be given a priority in our national concerns. I was very disappointed that no party or candidate in the recent presidential race addressed it as a current issue, although sex discrimination was put on platform by the Democratics. However, workplace discrimination that affects Black women generally falls under race discrimination, too, if not entirely. Not all women are created equal in this nation, and if politicians truly believe in sex equality, then they must not abandon the race issue, which is key to the equality of black women.

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