The man who was going to end the racial divide
5 years after the election of Obama, barely half of Americans say race relations are good
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Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. declared his desire for a more colorblind America in his stirring “I have a dream” speech.
“I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character,” he said in one of his most memorable lines.
But five decades after the March on Washington, just a bare majority of Americans – and fewer than one-in-five African Americans – believe that dream has been realized. Lonnie Bunch, founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and Pulitzer-prize winner Taylor Branch, join The Daily Rundown to talk about the 50 anniversary of the March on Washington.
What’s more, the percentage of Americans who think race relations in the country are good has declined considerably since President Barack Obama – the nation’s first black president – took office in 2009.
According to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released last month, 54 percent of respondents agreed with the statement that America is a nation where people are judged by their character, not their skin color. Forty-five percent disagreed, including a whopping 79 percent of African Americans.
In the same poll, another bare majority – 52 percent – said race relations in the U.S. are good, which was down from 79 percent who said this in Jan. 2009, 72 percent who said it in 2010 and 71 percent who said it in 2011.