"Acknowledging a problem is often viewed as the first step to recovery. So Americans appear to be on the right path.
A new poll from The New York Times and CBS News found increasing pessimism about race relations in the U.S., among black and white respondents. Some 61 percent of respondents said race relations in America are “generally bad”—up almost 20 percent from a similar poll taken last December. The starkest rise in negative perception of race relations was found among whites.
The poll, conducted last Thursday through Sunday, comes on the heels of the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who mysteriously died after being taken into custody by Baltimore police. Gray’s death triggered days of protests and renewed an often painful national conversation about persistent racism, inequality, and our troubled criminal justice system.
In a Yougov/Huffington Post poll released last week, white respondents said they are increasingly likely to see deaths like Gray’s as part of a larger pattern in the way police treat black men rather than an isolated incident. The results marked a shift from an earlier poll in which participants were asked the same question about Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri.
The research suggests that Americans have arrived at a new awakening about the persistent race problem. Just last week, Hillary Clinton, a Democratic presidential candidate, delivered an unusual speech at Columbia University in which she called for reforms to a criminal justice system that disproportionately impacts young black and Latino men. “We have to come to terms with some hard truths about race and justice in America,” she said.
On Monday, President Obama unveiled an extension of My Brother’s Keeper, his initiative to empower young black and Latino men. In his speech announcing the initiative, President Obama reminded the audience about the numbers stacked against communities of color: “In too many places in this country, black boys and black men, Latino boys, Latino men, they experience being treated differently by law enforcement—in stops and in arrests, and in charges and incarcerations.”' [Source]
I am sorry Mr. President, but me just being "my brother's keeper" isn't going to cut it.
These young men of color need opportunities.
How about programs to get them into trade unions that they have been traditionally locked out of?
Those $25 an hour jobs would go a long way towards helping young men take care of their families and build a future for themselves.
How about fundamental changes in the criminal justice system when it comes to labeling juveniles as felons, etc. ?
It's tough to get a job with a felony on your sheet.
How about creating more incentives (student loan forgiveness) to get more teachers of color in our classrooms?
Nothing like a role model in your class room dropping knowledge to set you on the straight and narrow path.
Anyway, this will all be pointless if race relations do not improve in this country.
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