It’s a subject deeply imbedded in our nation’s history, born out of the scourge of slavery and the legacy of segregation and Jim Crow. The issue of racism and race relations touches on practically every aspect of American life from housing to education to our criminal justice system and immigration laws, to name just a few.
The Civil Rights Movement of the 1950’s and 60’s, spearheaded by leaders like Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., led directly to the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. Of course, legislation does not change the minds and hearts of human beings, and the nation has continued to witness episodes of racial violence and unrest, as was seen in recent years in places like Ferguson, Baltimore, and Charlottesville.
Some polls since the 2016 Presidential election seem to indicate that Americans sense a decline in race relations in the nation. At the same time, some studies seem to indicate that race-related violence is actually on the decline, and that race relations have improved overall since 1964.
We want to know what you think. Have race relations deteriorated in the United States since the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964?