Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech. How much progress have we made over the past 50 years toward a color-blind society?
QUICK—before you read further: How do you answer today’s main question?
If a pollster telephoned you: Would you say that we’ve made a lot of progress, some progress, just a little progress, or none at all?
Here’s what Pew found: About 45% of the general public said we have made a lot of progress, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center. About a third (36%) responded that we have made some progress; while 12% said a little. Only 4% responded that we haven’t made any progress at all.
At the same time, almost half of Americans (49%) said that a lot more needs to be done to achieve racial equality. Three of ten (31%) said some more needs to be done. Only 6% said that nothing more needs to be done.
Blacks and whites tend to disagree about the amount of progress we’ve made, and how far we have to go.
In the survey, almost half of whites (48%) said we’ve made a lot of progress, but only a third (32%) of blacks agreed. Similarly, less than half of whites (44%) said there’s a lot more to do done, while almost eight of ten blacks (79%) said the same.
One of the biggest areas of disagreement concerns fair treatment of blacks—a topic we’ll explore in more detail this week.
Have we made “a lot of progress” on racial equality, based on your personal experience and observations?
Where have we made the most progress?
Where do we still have a long way to go?
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