For the second consecutive year, race relations between black and white in the US are at their lowest point in more than two decades, and there’s a 20-point gap in how white and black Americans view the future.
The percentage of black people with a positive rating of race relations has slumped to 33 percent, while for white people it is 43 percent.
Last year, the same poll found black-white relations for 44percent positive in the aftermath of
And only 40 percent of black adults are optimistic there will be racial harmony, as opposed to 60percent of white adults, according to the poll by Gallup, which is a Washington DC-based analytics and advisory company.
‘This is the largest gap recorded in Gallup’s three-decade trend, and it is particularly striking given that it comes on the heels of a 10-point uptick in black Americans’ optimism last year,’ the Gallup company said in its report.
In 2013, 70 percent of white and black Americans said there was a positive relationship, but the numbers have been steadily eroded
The percentage of black people with a positive rating on race relations has slumped to 33%, while for white people it is 43%
The outlook for the future of racial harmony is a 20-point difference between white and black Americans, the largest ever
Black-white relations in the United States have eroded since 2013, when 70 percent of adults said they believed the two racial groups had a positive relationship.
By 2015, that number fell off a cliff to 53 percent and has continued to decline.
The poll doesn’t pinpoint the reason for the sudden drop from 2013 to 2015, but America went through a racial reckoning in Ferguson in the weeks following August 9, 2014, when Michael Brown, 18, was fatally shot by white police officer Darren Wilson.
That started a string of police shootings of black Americans and led to the formation of multiple social justice movements, such as Black Lives Matter.
In the last two years, cities have hosted countless peaceful protests for peace. But some of the protests have turned into violent riots that included looting and violence. Far left- and right-wing extremist groups have become more prevalent and clashed several times.
Race relations between black and white Americans have deteriorated in recent years, reaching a new low in 2021, according to a recent Gallup poll