STUDY: African Americans Feel LESS Empowered Today Than A Few Years Ago

A new study conducted by James L. Gibson, a professor at Washington University in St. Louis, finds that blacks feel less empowered under Obama today than they had previously:

From 2005 to 2011, only 45 percent of blacks said they believed the government would allow them to make a public speech, while 67 percent of whites believed they could, the study found.

The study found that while the election of Obama initially boosted feelings of political empowerment among black Americans, those sentiments significantly faded in the years that followed—especially among conservative and religious blacks.

THE WEEKLY ROUND-UP: Black Youth in the News, April 9-14

Why black America is screaming ‘I am
Trayvon Martin’

Pete Samson, The Sun, 4/10/12

“Another black youth shot dead on the streets of America.

In 2010 there were nearly 8,775 murders with guns in the country, compared with just 51 in the UK.

But police responding to the shooting of unarmed Trayvon Martin, 17, six weeks ago were unaware that the case would cause an earthquake of controversy across the country.

The cracks created have burst apart delicate racial divisions and sparked the worst racial tensions seen in the US for 20 years.”