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Q: Have race relations deteriorated in the United States since the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964?

yes

“The "Black Lives Matter" movement wouldn't have been created if the relations were getting better, and events in Ferguson and Baltimore wouldn't have happened either. Trayvon Martin would have been 23 years old today. Discrimination of Muslims wouldn't exist either, and people would agree with the idea that the immigration ban is completely based off of racial prejudice (because if it wasn't based on racism, then Saudi Arabia would have been on the list for 11/15 of the 9/11 terrorists were from there.) Unfortunately, race relations have deteriorated, based off of the overwhelming amount of evidence.”

Safoora from Pennsylvania

no

“Race relations have not deteriorated since 1964 whatsoever, although it has not been a straight shot toward racial integration–more like 4 steps forward, 1 step back–which is still a significant improvement. Race relations and racial equality is something we as Americans must still work at today as it still remains an issue but it definitely has improved, rather than “deteriorated” since the passage of this law.”

Elizabeth from Kentucky

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– President John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961