Polling Data on Race Relations in America Reflects Steep Decline in Optimism

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This recent polling data from Gallup reflects a steep decline in optimism concerning race relations in America.  From 2001 to 2012, the vast majority of Americans perceived race relations in America as “very good” or “somewhat good.”  Since 2012, this optimism has completely evaporated, with the majority of Americans now rating race relations as “somewhat bad” or “very bad.”  This raises serious questions about how government leaders, the education system, and our mainstream media have framed race relations over the last decade.  It may be time to return to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision of “mutual brotherhood” and human rights–and abandone the Marxist push to build resentment and divide people along strict racial lines.