HALF OF US Says Racial Equality Not a Reality
Fifty years after MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speech half of the US says racial equality is still not a reality.
Really? Do they know who’s president?
Five decades after Martin Luther King’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington, D.C., a new survey by the Pew Research Center finds that fewer than half (45% ) of all Americans say the country has made substantial progress toward racial equality and about the same share (49% ) say that “a lot more” remains to be done.
Blacks are much more downbeat than whites about the pace of progress toward a color-blind society. They are also more likely to say that blacks are treated less fairly than whites by police, the courts, public schools and other key community institutions.
While these differences by race are large, significant minorities of whites agree that blacks receive unequal treatment when dealing with the criminal justice system.