Saturday, July 25, 2015

The best part of the Obama years have been all the racial healing...

...he was elected for one reason and he screwed it up.

//Seven years ago, in the gauzy afterglow of a stirring election night in Chicago, commentators dared ask whether the United States had finally begun to heal its divisions over race and atone for the original sin of slavery by electing its first black president. It has not. Not even close.

A New York Times/CBS News poll conducted last week reveals that nearly six in 10 Americans, including heavy majorities of both whites and blacks, think race relations are generally bad, and that nearly four in 10 think the situation is getting worse. By comparison, two-thirds of Americans surveyed shortly after President Obama took office said they believed that race relations were generally good.

The swings in attitude have been particularly striking among African-Americans. During Mr. Obama’s 2008 campaign, nearly 60 percent of blacks said race relations were generally bad, but that number was cut in half shortly after he won. It has now soared to 68 percent, the highest level of discontent among blacks during the Obama years and close to the numbers recorded in the aftermath of the riots that followed the 1992 acquittal of Los Angeles police officers charged in the beating of Rodney King.//


1 comment:

mrez said...

I lived in L.A. during the Rodney King trial and subsequent riots. I was driving from the San Fernando Valley to Long Beach on one of the afternoons of the riots on the 405 in stopped traffic where some motorists were feeling forced to get out of their cars to pee. Others of us endured the inching along traffic of that freeway and hoped we would get home. Everyone was obviously in shock at how this type of rioting, burning and looting could happen....and how unprepared for it our alert and emergency systems are.

I have observed that the negative sentiment toward white people and lack of respect in general toward whites and toward black people as well as toward white law enforcement has been increasing during this Admin. Suspicions are alive and well and it should never have become this bad. This administration has done nothing, nothing, NOTHING to show equal appreciation for both sides of the problems we have in terms of race relations. This Administrator tends to like to operate independently and arrogantly so, as we have seen. In line with this- He has consistently shown unidirectional empathy toward black participants or victims of these situations. Not that they don't deserve empathy- but he has been consistently inflammatory instead of diplomatic.

I sincerely hoped race relations would improve during this Admin and they probably have not- in most cases that I see... or try to walk through.

However when I was in school locally- in 1997- I found out how actively racist certain parts of our state are and I had never been exposed to such hateful people in school where we were being taught at the Masters level and taught to adjust to DIVERSITY.

This Black/White platform has formed the basis and foundation for the spread of Diversity Training toward our LGBTQ movement.

Great article that you posted.

 
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