Unsurprisingly, a recent AP poll finds that racial prejudice in the US has not improved since the election of Barack Obama.
51 percent of respondents expressed explicit anti-black sentiments, and 52 percent expressed explicit anti-Hispanic sentiments.
This is actually an increase from a similar poll conducted in 2008.
Experts on race said they were not surprised by the findings.
“We have this false idea that there is uniformity in progress and that things change in one big step. That is not the way history has worked,” said Jelani Cobb, professor of history and director of the Institute for African-American Studies at the University of Connecticut. “When we’ve seen progress, we’ve also seen backlash.”
Obama has tread cautiously on the subject of race, but many African-Americans have talked openly about perceived antagonism toward them since Obama took office. As evidence, they point to events involving police brutality or cite bumper stickers, cartoons and protest posters that mock the president as a lion or a monkey, or lynch him in effigy.
So much for a post-racial society, huh?
Is anybody even remotely surprised by these results?
Is widespread racism pretty much here to stay in the United States?
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