Have race relations gotten better or worse under Obama? | The Tylt
Many said that Obama becoming president would usher in a "post-racial America." Nearly eight years later, many would argue that race relations have indeed improved. Movements like Black Lives Matter represent a level of discourse we couldn't have a decade ago. Others say that these movements haven't helped race relations, but have rather made everyone hyper-sensitive to race. What do you think? Read and vote below.
Have race relations gotten better or worse under Obama?
"While there is agreement that race relations are deteriorating, the common ground ends there, according to follow-up interviews with those who took part in the survey. There is no gathering consensus on how to solve the issue or who is to blame."
There was good news also tucked away in the survey: 83% of Americans agree that the next president should put race relations high on their agenda. So we at least all agree it's a problem to fix.
Many African Americans feel unsafe with a criminal justice system they believe unfairly targets them. Meanwhile white people feel threatened and perceive a new wave of anti-white bias.
Gregg Popovich is the head coach for the San Antonio Spurs. It would have been unimaginable 20 years ago to have a white head coach speak so eloquently about race relations. This is what progress looks like.
"It's easy for white people because we haven't lived that experience. It's difficult for white people to understand the day to day feeling that many black people have to deal with. It's not just a rogue policeman."
"I look at the way in which my daughters take for granted their right to aspire to anything."
Common answers questions on race relations. He is hopeful that we can get to a world where implicit bias no longer exists. We aren't there yet, but when Common talks, it sounds possible.
Here's the entire segment of the presidential debate that discussed race relations.