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

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?

Current Standings:
Yes: 31%
No: 69%
  • Safoora from Pennsylvania

    Have race relations deteriorated in the United States since the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964? This question is talking about race relations specifically, not relating to the governmental process and treatment of ethnic minorities, or written laws that “ease” the struggles that minorities have had to face throughout America’s blatant racist history. It’s asking about race relations. Relations between the races within our giant melting pot of a country.

    Yes, America is vastly a large diverse country. When referring to race relations, it’s not the question of “do white people still think of black people as the inferior race” or “do black people still think of white people as the prissy race” but rather, “have the relations between all the races become worse?” which I believe, with some debate, is true. The relations between race has deteriorated, and while cases such as Brown v. Board (1954) or the People of the State of California v. Orenthal James Simpson (1994) may be able to argue against this claim, it’s quite the contrary. Counter-arguing these specific cases can prove that.

    Brown V. Board utilized the equal protection clause to justify and support integration of racially segregated schools, arguing that “separate” creates levels of superiority and inferiority. However, it was not until Brown V. Board II (1955) that this new term was further implemented, creating a sense of animosity between both black and white individuals. The late William Rehnquist, a lawyer and jurist and 16th Justice of the United States said, “I think Plessy v. Ferguson was right and should be reaffirmed.” He supported this argument by further saying that if a majority shouldn’t be able to take away minority rights, then they also shouldn’t be the ones giving them. It’s important to remember the relevance of Plessy v. Ferguson in Brown v. Board, for they used the objectively ridiculous term “separate but equal” in Plessy to further add on to the idea that segregating schools is racist. This reaction and response to the Brown V. Board case supports the claim that even after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (which was passed after Brown V. Board), American citizens with governmental positions held these types of beliefs. It’s important to note that Rehnquist was appointed by Ronald Raegan, who was elected by the people of the United States. While the connection between Rehnquist and the collective American people is a bit of a stretch, it’s also odd that someone like Raegan would be ok with appointing someone like Rehnquist based off of his moral thoughts. However, the question also comes to the table: are presidents usually aware of the Justices that they appoint? Justices tend to fog up their position on given topics, but Rehnquist specifically leaned towards the more conservative edge — and Raegan was a Republican president.

    The O.J. Simpson case is full of controversy, and is a bit more contemporary than the Rehnquist affair. Simpson wasn’t incarcerated despite the overwhelming amount of evidence that was revealed, and many people think the reason being is that Shapiro, his lawyer, made it into a quote, “black thing”. Before delving into the Simpson case, however, it’s important to jump into the timeline of white on black brutality, and the response that black individuals had on that particularly.
    The O.J. Simpson case took place after the Rodney King beating, which was when a black taxi-driver (Rodney King) was beaten by several white cops. When facing the jury, the verdict let out to bar King from getting any justice, for his offenders were not sentenced to prison. This led to the L.A. riots that lasted three days, which included a white truck driver named Reginald Denny’s beating as well. The King case, taking place in 1991 (specifically AFTER the 1964 Civil Right’s Act) is the epitome of race relations deteriorating. Even after attempting to integrate schools in 1955 or bringing together different races, America failed to create a less amount of animosity between white and black people.

    Now, let’s talk about that O.J. case. Simpson was let out despite the overwhelming amount of evidence used against him, and many people believed this worked because he was black and played the “victim” card, but in reality, it was mainly because he was rich. While playing the black card was an advantage that Shapiro used, if it wasn’t for Simpson’s money and fame, he wouldn’t have been able to not go to jail. What led to this advantage of using the color of your skin to get out of allegedly murdering an ex-wife? It was, and still is, the deterioration of race relations. Simpson had money, so he hired a lawyer who was cunning enough to make his highly publicized case into a controversial one, using the events going on throughout the time period to support and enrage the public. Black people hated the idea of another black man becoming incarcerated because the police officer who found all evidence was a neo-Nazi; white people truly believed that Simpson did it. This case created a divide between races, which completely supports the claim that race relations have been deteriorating after the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

    There are several modern occasions in which this claim is supported by contemporary issues that America deals with today. 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 off of 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.

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    • domingo from Florida

      Yes race relations have gotten better since 1964 in many aspects but still with a disadvantage. In the U.S there has been a decrease in racial violence and a bloom in interracial couples. With the recent movement called black lives matter is a great protest to stand for equal rights. This shows that there is still acts of racism around. In general there are still less jobs and a prejudice view of any other race, which makes it harder for low income community’s to achieve the middle class.

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      Yes race relations have gotten better since 1964 in many aspects but still with a disadvantage. In the U.S there has been a decrease in racial violenc…

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    • leslie from Texas

      Race relations have not so much deteriorated since the Civil Rights Act of 1964 but have stopped progressing towards equality. The American Society has placed its focus on the negative incidents and has allowed ignorance to provide an explanation of the problem instead of thoroughly researching the elements that the incidents are comprised of. Racism is an easy excuse for violent acts, but violence is a defense mechanism that ignorance uses in the absence of intelligence to resolve a dispute. Respect and understanding has deteriorated amongst the citizens of this nation. Instead of blaming one another and working against each other, the people of America should come together to find a way of eliminating ignorance and violence within the American Society.

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      Race relations have not so much deteriorated since the Civil Rights Act of 1964 but have stopped progressing towards equality. The American Society ha…

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  • Tim from Maryland

    Race relations have deteriorated in the US but it is mostly caused by how it is reported, a more partisan political climate, and the mass use of social media. The media has reported and brought more awareness to race issued in America, but has also fueled the fire through divisive articles. They paint a picture of a sharply divided culture and pit groups against each other. This only worsens the animosity because a large number of Americans rely on mass media as a primary source of news. A more partisan climate has also contributed to the deterioration of race relations. People have moved farther away from the center politically and seclude themselves in their political camps. People fail to attempt to see and understand other people’s views and have resorted to relying on various prejudices. This has only made people despise each other. Finally, through social media, people have access to information much faster than before. Social media has served as a platform where need travels fast and people make their opinions at the same rate. However, misinformation and “fake news” also spreads quickly and if it goes viral, can have a major influence on people’s perceptions. Through these mediums, race relations have grown worse and don’t seem to be improving any time soon.

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    • Ellie from Colorado

      I still don’t believe race relations have gotten worse since the 60s, but I do agree that the use of social media can either help or be detrimental in terms of race relations. It can help spread news about occurrences pertaining to these issues, but it can also spread fake news and manipulate people into believing things that aren’t true about what is going on.

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    • Shawna from Colorado

      I agree that the fake news being propagated, and the bias in news creates issues in race relations, but I do not think that the way in which racial issues are reported has deteriorated since the 1960s. The biased news and fake news alters perceptions and creates a polarized way of thinking, however if we the people choose to properly research these topics, it becomes less of an issue. In the 1960s coverage on race related issues was not as wide. Many things promoting race relations was left out of the public news. There is also much to consider outside of the media’s scope. Everyday race relations have improved. While there is no denying that prejudices still exist, I feel that people of today, especially the rising generation, are less likely to carry such profound prejudices, and are even less likely to act upon them.

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      I agree that the fake news being propagated, and the bias in news creates issues in race relations, but I do not think that the way in which racial is…

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    • Maddie from Colorado

      I agree that the way that media chooses to report racial issues within this country does play a role in the race relations of this country. However, I do not think that the deteriorating race relations are mostly due to social media. It is apparent that this country struggles to completely promote equality regardless of race, gender and sexual preference. There is not have equal pay for the same job, 30% of the American population believes that homosexuality should not be accepted, and racial discrimination exists everywhere. I, myself, am the daughter of somebody who believes that a nice area can only become “ghetto” through the influx of black people. It is outrageous to think that there are still people in this world that think in such a way but it is a reality. But social media is not the main reason for it, in my opinion. Many people do participate in social media but the reality of the things that are posted on social media does not really encourage a stronger divide. Perhaps it is just what I see on my social media accounts, but most people do not go off on race relations. Of course, some people do but I do not think that that is enough to force a racial divide. And certainly is not enough to force such a racial divide that it becomes worse than it was in the 1950s.

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    • Dani from Colorado

      That is a very good point, and I agree that social media has created a huge impact on race relations, but I also believe that it is how you choose to use it. Some people use social media in a way to uplift other and our country, giving real and accurate news, but others for sure use it in a harmful way, creating fake and biased news. I think that in the future social media could really be used as a tool to help lower discrimination drastically, and not just racial discrimination.

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      That is a very good point, and I agree that social media has created a huge impact on race relations, but I also believe that it is how you choose to …

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    • Regan from Colorado

      I agree that race relations are nowhere near what they should be at today’s standards, and you bring a number of valid points. However, I would have to say that race relations are better today, with the prime example that African American kids do not have to be escorted to school by the police and there are no “white/colored” signs. Discrimination is still horrible and present, but not quite as extreme as it was back in the 60’s.

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      I agree that race relations are nowhere near what they should be at today’s standards, and you bring a number of valid points. However, I would have t…

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    • Henry from Colorado

      I completely agree with you. Race relations have deteriorated in the US because of how it is reported and the mass use of social media. The media has brought more awareness to race issued in America, and also fueled the fire through divisive articles. For example, many of the news and articles on trump is false information that makes trump look bad. Causing people to read all the negative things about trump and join their side, and they don’t know that they are reading false information. One of the main problems are that people fail to see and understand other people’s views. They are unwilling to change their ideas. Overall, I agree with you that through these mediums, race relations have grown worse and don’t seem to be improving any time soon.

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    • Elissa from Colorado

      The importance of social media in todays world is a great way to evaluate the climate of the country, however its relative newness does not include all of the past advances from slavery and the inability to vote that our country has argued and changed from. Just a thought.

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    • Alex from Colorado

      I understand where you are coming from, that race relations have deteriorated because of reporting of tensions between the races being magnified, which causes the perceptions of those learning about these events to be racially heated. However, I do not believe that this is evidence to support the idea that racial relations have worsened since the Civil Rights Act. We are talking about a time when people were killed for going to a white-only restaurant. Clearly, as you mentioned, racial tensions still exist, but not nearly as much as 1964.

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      I understand where you are coming from, that race relations have deteriorated because of reporting of tensions between the races being magnified, whic…

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    • Brianna from Illinois

      Nobody treats one or another with respect because their a different race or nationality. We are all equal in God’s eyes, but in reality we are all different.

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  • juan from Alabama

    The racial issues have gotten better but not where they should be

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  • Kyle from Colorado

    Racism useully happens when one person gets mad at someone whos different but if we can just accept that were different we can finally put racism behind us and make a difference in this world.

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    • Alex from Colorado

      I agree with you; we are all different and that is what makes us unique. Sadly for some people it’s hard to accept other people’s differences and in these circumstances is where we see racism the most.

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  • peyton from Kentucky

    Yes. Think about ferguson, think about police shootings, think about the riots in Charlottesville, and I hate to say it but think about Trump. These are events and people! They happened or are happening! To see such a bill as the Civil Rights Act have little to no effect on integration would make me mad too! We still have many African Americans explaining the places they grow up in. It’s not pretty. Don’t just think this is about blacks either, we also have problems with Mexicans. Race relations are obviously deteriorating! WE’RE BUILDING A WALL FOR CHRISTS SAKE. You can say its for border control but think about the Berlin Wall, there’s more to the idea then people want to believe.

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    • Yamira from Florida

      First of all, you arent correctly presenting your argument. If you are going to use recent events to support you argument, I advise you to use their endurance properly. While trying to twist these heinous tragedies in your favor, you forgot to mention the cultural significance of these events. All of these events, with the exception of the Civil Rights Act were created or perpetuated by white supremacist who felt the need to gain power.

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      First of all, you arent correctly presenting your argument. If you are going to use recent events to support you argument, I advise you to use their e…

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    • Dylan from New York

      President Trump denounced Charlottesville August 12th the day it happened. His words were “the strongest possible terms this degree of hatred, bigotry and violence, on many sides” . Then he denounced the attack again on August 14th. If you do not believe that he denounced the attack a you do not listen to facts. You also brought up Mexicans which is not a race. Being Mexican is a nationality. The Berlin Wall was about Communism. The wall with Mexico is about protecting ALL Americans. The wall is to prevent narcoics from coming into the U.S. which kill Americans of all races and backgrounds. 99.8% of drugs that come into the U.S. are shipped from Mexico. The wall is also about keeping criminals out of the U.S. like MS-13. In Tucson Arizona 30% of the 212,000 illegals immigrants detained already had criminal records in the U.S. Yuma, Arizona a wall was built and illegal immigration fell by 96%. In Israel illegal immigration was reduced by 99% when a wall was built. Therefore a wall not only works, it saves lives

      https://www.newsmax.com/t/newsmax/article/654086?keywords=donald-trump-immigration-reasons-not-wrong&year=2015&month=07&date=08&id=654086&aliaspath=%2FManage%2FArticles%2FTemplate-Wire

      http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/report-nearly-all-998-of-illegal-drugs-shipped-to-us-from-mexico/article/2607990

      https://www.conservativereview.com/articles/border-fences-work/

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    • Caroline from Colorado

      This issue has been occurring since before Trumps presidency or his election. The president of our country has little to no control over the culture and social standards of our country. Despite his ability to control major aspects of America we (as citizens) set the regulations on what we do and do not accept.

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    • Madelyn from Colorado

      While I agree that our current state of racial relations is awful I think if you look really hard it hasnt detoerated. It just hasnt gotten better.

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  • Daniella from Tennessee

    This is a tricky question to answer. I feel that race relations in the United states have been a “two steps forward, five steps back” situation. When the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed, I think there was a lot of hatred towards African Americans that has somewhat subsided now, but I also think there’s a lot left to be done to make things actually equal. Minority groups still face a lot of difficulties that many white people will never have to worry about, and it imposes a problem that gets continuously overlooked by people in power in the US. Until we are all equal, regardless of race, I think that race relations will continue to go downhill in the US unless enough people are willing to recognize the issue and work towards solving it.

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  • Jose from Illinois

    They have gotten worse because people have become mistrusting of others not of the same race.

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  • Elizabeth from Tennessee

    Race Relation have certainly deteriorated since the passage of civil rights in 1964. Our world has been moving forward since then, giving equality to every race and treating everyone the same. For example there are no segrecations whatsoever.

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  • Thomas from Montana

    If you look at a room full of preschoolers playing together, they don’t give a rip about the skin color of their friends. When they grow up, they have to be extremely careful not to say anything that could be seen as racist. All the controversy about race is actually training our youth to think in terms of skin color.

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    • Alexis from Colorado

      When we are young, we don’t care about skin color. When we grow older, it is something that we notice but more times than not, skin color does not change our opinion of each other. If you gave the same task to someone who is your own race and someone of a different race, you would not have less confidence in the person of the other race. Just because you notice their skin color and you try not to be racist in your comments does not mean that you have a lower view of the person.

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  • Abiagil from Tennessee

    Have race relations deteriorated in the United States since the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964? This is a popular question in today’s day and age that can be difficult to answer depending on how you look at it. I very much believe that race relations have deteriorated. While we have improved how we treat minorities and improved upon the journey to equality, there is still much ground to make up for. I do not think I will see the day where we reach full racial peace and equality, but I hope that my children will. WE must actively fight towards the same goal to live as one. Police brutality is the leading cause of death for people of color at the moment. This has caused controversy between sides of police and victims. Taking sides is not the solution, but solving the problem at the root of it is. Choosing sides just separate us even more. Strengthens the bond through our differences.

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  • Clinton from Tennessee

    There has certainly been tension between the various sub-groups of Americans through the years. You can trace this all the way back to the root of the tree when America was just a little seedling. There is no doubt of this well-known fact. However, the question is; has this weed of tension been torn from the garden and thrown into the blaze? Or has this deadly weed grown even deeper in our American pastures and killed off the good fruits? This and many other questions will I try to answer.
    The USA Today article talks of how crime has lowered a slight amount from 1997 to 2016. Yet, this doesn’t address the problem at hand. The cause of the tension! If the statistic be true or not, it does not tell us if tension has deteriorated or not! So, you say crime overall has lowered by a small percentage, but what does that tell me? Crime may have lowered, but that doesn’t mean it has changed how people feel about each other.
    The Vanity Fair article does however tell me how people feel about each other. Showing me that depending on your skin color you may have a different experience with police besides the norm. Statistics showing that black Americans were more likely to be handcuffed than their fellow white Americans. Even telling us that black Americans would be subjected to more police force than white Americans. Further showing that there is a problem in the way we treat each other.
    The U.S. News article offers some surprising details. That in either case if your white or black you are more likely to be murdered by someone of your own ethnic group! Not the other way around!
    Now what do I make of all this? Well, first off, we need to stop using terms such as ‘race’. Just because this person has more melanin in their skin or this person has less does not make them a different race or species. They’re human just as anyone else. Also, we need to stop using the term ‘African American’ for people who did not for themselves originate from Africa. If you were born in America, you are American! Since my ancestors are European I don’t call myself a ‘European American’ I’m just a white American and so should be the case for my fellow black Americans.
    But back to the main topic I do think that the relations between Americans and our various sub-groups is deteriorating. Of course, some aspects are improved from the 60s. Such as blacks and whites not being segregated in schools, on busses, or anything else in the likes of that. But I say it is deteriorating because of how the media paints the picture. People who know very little about the true issue, who can influence others are creating unnecessary tension. Look at the amount of homicides in 2012 as recorded by the FBI. Over 3,000 white victims and over 2,000 black victims. If you look at those statistics a majority of the victims’ offenders was from their own ethnic group! So, why are we making unnecessary tension between us all as Americans if the majority of homicides is committed by people of their own ethnic groups! I’m not saying the instances where blacks kill whites or where whites kill blacks Is not important. What I’m saying is that we need to address the issue where it starts. The heart. Where we have this sinful nature, we are utterly incapable of having any sense of morality. We are a nation with no morals, a nation where basically man lives how he pleases. And since we have turned our backs on the ultimate standard for morality; God and his Word. We are endlessly doomed to fall in despair and hopelessness.
    The Bible says we are made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27) therefore we have inherent dignity. But if we have forgotten or not even heard of that truth. That no matter what we look like, we all are made in his image and have dignity; then how do we expect others and ourselves to show respect to our fellow image bearers? How do we expect the cop who has no morals and no sense of biblical truth to respect his fellow image bearers? How do we expect the guy walking down the street, who has no morals and no sense of biblical truth to show respect to his fellow image bearers? Because at the very core of their problem, and our problem as well, is that our hearts are wicked (Jeremiah 17:9). This is the reason that our relations in this country with one another is deteriorating. It is because we do not have that ultimate standard for good guiding us. We measure life by our own standards, and if it is us doing the measuring; the results are going to be skewed. Because when we look at how we treat each other, we measure that other person’s life by our standard. Again, the problem starts in our hearts! We kill that person in the first place because we hate them! And that hatred stems from our hearts because it is wicked. And hating that person in your heart is just as bad as killing them physically, Jesus tells us. (Matthew 5:21-22) So according to our standard we see them as less than, or inferior to us and thus we kill them because of it. However, God comes in with his standard by the Bible and says that person is made in his image just the same as you, therefore killing them would be deemed wrong in his sight. Because you both, no matter your color or gender, have inherent dignity because, you both, are image bearers of God.

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  • Victoria from South Carolina

    Yes because even though its at sparse moments its always in a major way and the blow out that follows is even bigger

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  • Trinity from California

    People often want to state that race relations are poor due to the fact that minorities have still not been well-represented enough and that they deserve more special treatment. The truth is though that race relations are poor because everyone has sensitive feelings. If people would get off their high horses and start looking at others as not white, not black, but just people of the same race, of the human race, we wouldn’t have issues of “whose lives matter more” or “who is being racist up in Hollywood” or “who deserves more college scholarships”. This isn’t about Muslims. This isn’t about shootings. This isn’t about Trump. This is about the basic human right, the knowledge, the truth: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” Whether or not you argue that the founders were racist slave-owners is irrelevant. The point is those words are true no matter who wrote them. We are all equal.

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  • Abby from Illinois

    To be honest it has but it hasn’t. Alot of people are missing the key component respect. If we do not learn to respect others how can we function properly as a society , and in reality we can’t. We try and not to think about it push it aside but it is still a big issue sure it died down a little but just like MLK had a dream I have one also a dream where people love and respect others and we function healthily with no hate. We forget that as human beings we are selfish and can be very hateful but if we don’t work together we can not achieve a goal that was put forth a long time ago. It is possible but it will take a lot of hard work and alot of learning. But I believe we can do it we can achieve this to the point where it doesn’t exist anymore. Its not complicated it’s as simple as making a choice to be better than our ancestors to be a better people.

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    To be honest it has but it hasn’t. Alot of people are missing the key component respect. If we do not learn to respect others how can we function prop…

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    • Kyle from Colorado

      That’s what I’ve been saying

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  • Justin from Illinois

    We stil have high racial tension in America

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    • Renee from Colorado

      I agree that there is still high racial tension, but I don’t think we have deteriorated since the the 1960s. We have made a lot of progress towards equality, and even though some individuals are still racist, our society as a whole does not find racism socially acceptable. I think in the last few years it has gotten slightly worse, but overall racism is nowhere near as bad as it was in the 60s.

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      I agree that there is still high racial tension, but I don’t think we have deteriorated since the the 1960s. We have made a lot of progress towards eq…

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  • Quinn from Kentucky

    I feel like tension is growing with racial discrimination in the United States. I feel like lately the tension is building up immensely. We have made strides as a country against racial discrimination, but there is still large amounts of racism displayed throughout the United States. The shootings you hear about on the news are not just coincidences happening over and over again. Racism still exists in the United States and it is shown over and over again. Racism is more then just black and white, people from Mexico are being discriminated against, Asian people are being discriminated against as well. When a police officer questions my friend who is African-American for shoplifting when we are both together in the mall, and he does not even question me, I sense that their is some sort of prejudice being displayed when he doesn’t even acknowledge me when I was present at the same situation.

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    • alexa from Colorado

      I agree with this. We have made a lot of progress throughout the years but it is still happening. I disagree with the shootings. Most shootings that are held here in Colorado are preformed by different races, such as the school shootings, these shootings were done by a student in a school who was white.

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      I agree with this. We have made a lot of progress throughout the years but it is still happening. I disagree with the shootings. Most shootings that a…

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    • Jared from Colorado

      I agree that we need to pay more attention to some of your points, but how many of those shootings were actually pursued with racial discrimination and not just from one suffering from mental conditions? how can we stop these so call racial actions when there are unstable minds out there with weapons that could cost thousands of lives?

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      I agree that we need to pay more attention to some of your points, but how many of those shootings were actually pursued with racial discrimination an…

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  • Hunter from Kentucky

    Yes. People are turning to be worse than they were before this passage was passed. I see that it is very unequal as for many people there are racial issues going each way. We originally never had anything wrong in the early 2000’s but later in the 2000’s, Some blacks felt it racist that there were all of these commercials with white families which is now the reason we have at least one black person in every commercial. We can see this go either way with whites or blacks. Hip Hop is a major term with this as many people say that Hip Hop is for blacks only but yet that is racist as we are restricting cultures from doing what they believe they can do.

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    Yes. People are turning to be worse than they were before this passage was passed. I see that it is very unequal as for many people there are racial i…

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    • Sean from Missouri

      I couldn’t disagree more, race relations may not be great right now but they aren’t as bad as they were back then. Blacks had almost no rights back then and had almost no representation. And the part you said about hip-hop being for blacks only, news flash, but arguably the greatest rapper of all time is white and his name is EMINEM.

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      I couldn’t disagree more, race relations may not be great right now but they aren’t as bad as they were back then. Blacks had almost no rights back th…

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  • Tanner from Kentucky

    I think the race relations have deteriorated because society portrays severe stereotypes against minorities and there are still people in America who are against blacks and other minorities. Which can cause these people to do horrible things against blacks or other minorities. Another big example of how things haven’t gotten better is when police officers target black people, even if they are just walking down the street. Also social media even make minorities look even worse when they twist stories that happen in society. Which causes people to hate, dislike, or it also causes people to avoid different races and religions other than their own. Even though some things have gotten better, there is still a lot of things that have gotten worse.

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    • Rajan from Colorado

      I do agree that the media makes people look worse when they twist stories but since the 60s, the race relations in the U.S. have really improved because people are more united than in the 60s when there was so much hatred.

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      I do agree that the media makes people look worse when they twist stories but since the 60s, the race relations in the U.S. have really improved becau…

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    • liv from Colorado

      I understand Americans Sterotype and cause more tensions which is not good however I feel like it goes both ways and wether white or black everyone has been discriminated.

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  • nick from Kentucky

    In a way yes and in a way no. No because people are fighting more than ever for race relations and it is incredible. but it has gotten worse because those kids who grew up around racist parents are now putting themselves out there. and they are feeling more of a power now that trump is president. but also because these people are just starting to blame everyone for everything

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    In a way yes and in a way no. No because people are fighting more than ever for race relations and it is incredible. but it has gotten worse because t…

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  • James from Kentucky

    Yes, I do think that relations have deteriorated. I think that many times people do not think that it has because it is not a prominent as it was in the 1960s but there are so many little things that happen off the screen and not in the media. Although i can see the argument to say no because there are certain things that were passed in the act, but the bigger race issue and discrimination issue is not getting better and I do not see it getting better soon unless there is something that stops it. Too many things happen on the side and not in the big picture that people overlook.

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    • Lexi from Colorado

      I do see where you are coming from. An act of course cannot change a person’s viewpoint on society. I believe that this could apply especially for older generations that grew up with racial tensions before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed. However, I believe that newer generations have grown up in a society that racial stereotypes have gone down. Racial acceptance has gone up, but the country still can improve.

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      I do see where you are coming from. An act of course cannot change a person’s viewpoint on society. I believe that this could apply especially for old…

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    • Sophia from Colorado

      I agree with your statement that just because it is not as prominent doesn’t mean that racism is gone entirely and that many things are overlooked however I think one of the biggest improvements since that time is how, for the most part, racism is frowned upon in this country instead of being widely accepted and even encouraged like it was in the 60s

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  • Ivy from Illinois

    I feel that even though we don’t have as many physical altercations, we still have all the stereotypes and class assumptions of those of any race.

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    • Kira from Colorado

      I agree that there are still stereotypes and class assumptions, but there aren’t as many as there were earlier in history. We have improved some in the issue of racial discrimination but there are still some problems in some parts of America. A lot has changed in the country since the Civil Rights Act.

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    • Julia from Colorado

      Although we may still have class assumptions and stereotypes, overall race relations were so much worse back in the days. First of all, many races were not even allowed to do the things they can today and were stereotyped a lot worse then how they are today. Even though we still do have issues in the United States, to say that racial discrimination has gotten worse is a stretch. Since the Civil Rights Act, a lot has improved and class assumption has lowered significantly.

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      Although we may still have class assumptions and stereotypes, overall race relations were so much worse back in the days. First of all, many races wer…

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  • Malia from Kentucky

    While I believe that race relations have vastly improved, there is also much work to be done. In everyday life, I see equality in my workplace, at sports events, and in schools. But the media portrays society otherwise. Perhaps there really are significant issues outside of my local area or maybe the media simply takes advantage of the headlines and dramatizes the events. I know that there are tv shows that hold racial bias against people of all color and that all people may have opinions of other races. All of this is wrong and unjust. I believe that the media holds much of the responsibility for these opinions.

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  • Melanie from Kentucky

    Yes, I think that race relations have deteriorated in the U.S. since the passage of the Civil Rights movement of 1964. There is still violence and stereotypes on African Americans but I don’t think that what goes on now, is anywhere near as bad as what use to go on in those times. African Americans have a lot more rights now than they use to.

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    • Shae from Colorado

      I completely agree because my reasonings on why I said yes came from this same thought process. It’s because slavery and the segregation was SO bad back then that comparing it to now it’s no where near how whites treated other races back then, making it by comparison a huge improvement.

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      I completely agree because my reasonings on why I said yes came from this same thought process. It’s because slavery and the segregation was SO bad ba…

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    • ab from Colorado

      I agree that the violence has deteriorated, but could that be due to the laws and regulations placed for this kind of peace to be in effect?

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  • Greg from Kentucky

    Yes, race relations have definitely deteriorated. Black and white people often get along with each other. People can say they do not get along, but very often people of the same race don’t get along, so that argument would be invalid. In the news it always seems like all you hear is “White cop shoots black man.” The news is always making issues seem worse than they really are. We do not have an issue with racism in the United States, except for when it is brought about by the news. When the news brings the issue of racism up, it just opens up the scar of racism. I believe race issues definitely have deteriorated or else this discussion would not exist.

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  • Caden from Oregon

    Yes, race relations have deteriorated since the CRA of ‘64, but only relatively. Once we got over segregation I would say we had an unprecedented sense of unity and equality, which fluctuated and was attacked in some locales but overall upheld. In about 2000 we stopped fluctuating and had a steady discontent start to build up in 2007-8, with the controversial election of Barack Obama to the presidency. In 2012, even though he was re-elected, many people claimed he would’ve won by a larger margin had he been white. Some urban communities seemingly voted for him simply because he was black. In the 2016 election, white nationalists and anti-fascists clashed over presidential candidates, much of the clashing was about whether or not Donald Trump was a white nationalist or reactionary. Since 2007-8 race relations have been shaky, I wish I could say they were at an all time high but we’re nowhere near yet.

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  • Lexi from Tennessee

    One race is racist to another and don’t treat each other with respect. Just because some people in a race does bad things does not mean that they all do it. It is so bad now that blacks and whites are killing each other.

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    • Jared from Colorado

      I agree with you, you cannot define a race because some wrongful actions that a person pursued. what would you recommend we do to fix or make more people acceptable to communicate about topics that one disagrees with enough to not sit and listen

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  • George from California

    We choose to define ourselves not by what we can do or as Americans, but by colors

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  • Juan from Oregon

    I believe that racial injustice has increased ever since the Civil Rights Act passed (weird, right)? I live in Woodburn, Oregon. A town that is about 80% Hispanic (the city in Woodburn with the highest Latino population). Whenever I’ve gone to parts of Oregon that are “white-dominated” demographically such Southern or Eastern Oregon, I always receive negative comments about my race from the folks living in the rural communities. We need to educate those types of people and have them realize that Latinos will not be a minority for much longer. We need to coexist and work together instead of building this wall between us.

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    • Reilly from Colorado

      I agree with you completely. No one should ever be looked upon as something negative just because of their race and who they are. As a country we need to get better at accepting everyone for what kind of person they are not just based on race.

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      I agree with you completely. No one should ever be looked upon as something negative just because of their race and who they are. As a country we ne…

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    • liv from Colorado

      I strongly agree with you and have seen similar situations in areas around me. When people think of racial injustice majority of people only think about black people but racial discrimination effects much more than that especially people of the Latino community.

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  • Sura from Louisiana

    Race Relations have only slightly improved up until 2014 or 2016 when it went down hill again. But Racism is as American as cherry pie like they say.

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  • Jeffrey from Massachusetts

    Race relations became a problem in this country because they believe in a myth called white privilege. If you believe white privilege is a still a fundamental root in society, then you are inherently racist. Racism consists of prejudiced assumptions based on the color of your skin. Thus, white privilege implies that if you do not have the skin color of the ethnic majority, you are helpless and incapable of making good decisions; if you have the skin color of the ethnic majority, you are privileged and using your race to suppress other people from being on your level, like taking all the good jobs or getting more college degrees. Do people who believe in white privilege also call out Asian American privilege? Asian Americans were treated horribly in the 1930’s and 1940’s through internment camps. But their culture, not their color, leads them to make good choices and now Asian Americans have all the good jobs in California, they make the most per household in the US, they have the most college Ph.D.’s, etc. This contradicts white privilege, as it is assumed that only white people would do so. Also, the police are not in a national campaign to eliminate the black race, because first, a white cop is more likely to kill an unarmed white man than an unarmed black man, and second, an unarmed black man is more likely to be killed by a black criminal than a white cop. Also, black shootings from policemen are rare but are sensationalized in the media so they can get juicy headlines. So if the police do want to eliminate the black race, they’re not doing a good job.
    It is wrong to say that the ethnic minority were treated fairly over the past two centuries. That cannot be disputed with slavery, the Jim Crow South, etc. But to insist that America today is just as racist as it was sixty years ago is wrong.

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  • Raisah from California

    Race relations have deteriorated in the US due to a change in what is expected of separate parties. Certain groups are able to marginalize individuals by doing what is right “by the book” but still alienating others through using excuses to slander and attack others. Jim Crow laws being removed by the Civil Act of 1964 worked for equal rights in education to exist among other things. However, black children are still at a disadvantage in the education system because of racial bias and their socioeconomic status. Their socioeconomic status may be low due to hiring bias for their parents. Racial bias is still prominent in society, and it affects the lives of minorities, both adults and children. However, due to the fact that racial bias cannot explicitly result in incarceration, people are able to continue their acts of hate without any repercussions. In short, we haven’t progress much in terms of race relations since 1964, we’ve simply change the optics of our society. The hate going on has not only stayed the same, but increased, as white supremacist powers are growing due to validation from the new president of the United States.

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  • Sarah from Indiana

    Race relations were on the rise for years after the Civil rights Act of 1964. This was looking to be a promising start to a new America where everyone is accepting of other races. Then, the tables turned. People started alienating black people by telling them that they’re victims of a white society. This took the progress that had been painstakingly accomplished and destroyed it. It has turned black people against white people and has taught them to view themselves differently than white people. This means that they view their situation as being worse than white people’s when it isn’t. A wedge has been driven between white people and other races that is making some people think that white people are always racist or that we live in a race-dominated society, when that simply isn’t true. It seems that we have devolved in our attempt at equality. We can only hope that it will turn for the best soon.

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  • Erica from Tennessee

    Interracial marriages are legal proof that tensions have become less since the 1960s. Also, desegragation is proof of this as well. Although there are still many people that believe one race is inferior, overall society is leaning towards a more open mindset.

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    • Ryan from Colorado

      You bring up some good points showing how interracial marriage and de-segregation show the decline in the tension between races, yet still countless outbreaks occur and people still can be very discriminatory in their own opinions.

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  • Brendan from Massachusetts

    Race relations have deteriorated in the United States not through violence or segregation, rather we have seen a growing divide amongst races based on identity politics and viewing our race as our tribe or our team. We might not fight each other often, but we most certainly point out our differences. For example, when Marc Lamont Hill referred to Steve Harvey as a “mediocre negro” for meeting with president-elect Trump, he encompassed the issue in our American society. We refuse to accept that race and the color of our skin is merely our appearance, and it does not bind us towards one group of people or political ideology. Steve Harvey does not have to hate Trump simply because Steve Harvey is black, that makes absolutely zero sense. Steve Harvey is a man, a man who is perfectly capable of making his own decisions about politics and life. Instead of focusing on the person, we chose to focus on skin color, we have bunkered down into black identity politics and white identity politics more and more, and it has harmed our race relations.

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  • Hannah from Ohio

    Divide has been throughout America since the “discovery” days and will only end when all realize we are all the same and the color of outlet skin and our religion doesn’t matter

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  • Courtney from Texas

    Throughout recent years we have seen a greater divide. It may not be physically shown with colored only fountains or benches, but it is still visible. Now at a time where we should all legally be equal there is still separation. This comes from a fundamental lack of communication between those in both parties. I feel that we have only just begun bridging the gap. While racism is not always addressed now, it is still widely seen in our culture.

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    • Adeline from Colorado

      Racism is still prevalent today. However, I believe that is addressed more today that it traditionally has been. Many people share a more progressive mindset, and speak out about racism frequently. It is true that there is a deep divide within our nation, however, this is more partisan rather than racial. I do not think the split between sides is enough to warrant the claim that race relations are much worse than they once were. Although, I do find your point regarding the fact that racism is no longer shown in physical barriers to be very important. This lack of segregation does seem to represent a more unified country, and yet, we argue seemingly more than ever. Laws can fix the physical manifestations of racism, but they can seldom change one’s moral compass. What ultimately allows racism to prevail is people’s beliefs, which legislation cannot truly change.

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  • Taylor from Oklahoma

    Race Relations have clearly deteriorated. Examples of this include the riots in Ferguson and Baltimore.

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  • Hannah from Pennsylvania

    Let’s be honest. The conditions of race relations in the 1960s are not even close to the vastly improved race relations of today. Obviously, the media has highlighted any and every race related story in hopes of pushing the agenda that the race relations of today are horribly deteriorating, but this is just not true. While everyone will have their own opinions on this issue, let’s examine the legal facts – the realities that cannot be refuted. Prior to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, segregation was still enforced legally. Race discrimination was not yet able to be legally reprimanded. Race relations were tense. Protests, marches, and demonstrations were common occurrences. Both sides were equally passionate about their stance. However, the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 changed all this. It declared segregation in public places illegal. It banned workplace discrimination on the basis of race. The act even aided in supporting other issues that were not directly race related. Now, let’s fast forward to today. On a legal basis alone, race relations are very healthy. All races are constitutionally guaranteed the same rights. This legal insurance is critical and emphasizes just how much positive progress has occurred with race relations. With this information in mind, it is impossible to refute the notion that race relations have not declined on a legal basis. In reality, laws have been passed that actually promote healthy race relations. However, like I said earlier, opinions of race relations will often differ on a more personal level. Yet, however true this personal, opiniated level may be for some, it will be inaccurate for others. Thus, only race relations in legal terms can truly be measured objectively. The bottom line is that legally there is no reason justifying that race relations have deteriorated. Thus, I stand with the notion that race relations have not deteriorated since the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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    • Maddie from Colorado

      I do see what you’re saying and I agree with you on the fact that in comparison to before 1964, our race relations do not appear to be such an issue in today’s society. However, you also need to consider that race relations are not a matter of personal opinion like you stated. We still struggle with protests and marches. The black lives movement does exist and you cannot ignore that. I agree that race relations have been getting better since the Civil Rights Act was passed but in recent years there has been a slight deterioration with such things as the black lives movement and police brutality. Our own president promotes derogatory comments and does not believe that there is still work to be done on the equality of all races in this country. So while I do agree with you, there are aspects of our society today that could still use some work and deserve to be paid more attention to.

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    • Regan from Colorado

      Yes I completely agree; although many African Americans feel more discriminated against today on a personal level, overall on a political level many things have improved.

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    • alexa from Colorado

      I agree, even today people segregate without realizing, some jobs do not accept people because of their race. People also associate different races with different stereotypes. As racism has calmed down since then, it hasn’t come to a stop.

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    • Kyle from Colorado

      well if they would just pay more attention to the non racial stuff then they would finally learn respect

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  • Sabine from Texas

    The state of racial relations within the United States has not deteriorated since the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, but it would be foolish, especially in light of the tensions plaguing the country today, to consider the issue solved. Yes, we as a country have, technically, fully integrated. Yes, we have achieved a semblance of equality, legally speaking. Yes, we have elected an African-American president- twice! However, racism is not an issue which can be considered “solved” on any level. There is still the obstacle of implicit racial bias, a seemingly innocuous facet of America which heavily contributed to tragedies such as the 2017 riots in Charlottesville, as well as the ever present silent white privilege which echoes throughout U.S. economy, businesses,and politics. There is still a clearly defined wage gap between the races, with black men earning on average only 87% of the average white man’s wages and Hispanic men earning just 79%, per Pew Social Trends. On top of this, there is the media to consider, with the intense focus on racial tensions which has all related to the debate constantly on the defensive, in many cases pitting fellow Americans against each other vehemently. No, America’s racial relations have not yet deteriorated to their prior state in 1964, but they are sliding towards it at an alarming rate, seemingly unchecked. It is up to us as a people to stand up and fight to ensure that we as a country never again experience such horrific and commonplace injustice again.

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    • Shawna from Colorado

      I agree with this standpoint because I feel that while the racial relations have not deteriorated, there is still work to be done on the issue. It is unrealistic to consider race related issues a thing of the past because it’s not. There are still many issues and violence that pertain to race. I don’t think that the wage gap demonstrated is all due to the racist stand points of employers, but rather more due to the fact that the most common demographic of low income areas is people of color. This too is a race issue. How can we work on evening out the racial spectrum in areas of different income? This is but one of the many things that we as a country need to work on in terms of race relations, but I still do not think anything has deteriorated since 1964.

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  • Melody from Texas

    Racism was not only in the majority of the American population a long time ago, but it was laced with the laws that used to exist as well. Even though people of color were treated wrongfully, there was not much anyone could do because it was enforced by the government.
    Even former president Obama once said that racism is in America’s DNA, but that is not true. DNA is not changeable whatsoever. America, on the other hand, has changed drastically in the area of race relations.
    After many years of these injustices, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed and ended these segregation laws, not to mention bringing in The Voting Rights Act and the Fair Housing Act as well. Since then, America has only progressed in race relations. Yes, racism still exists, but we are still the least racist white-majority society in the world as we continue to give more opportunities for minority groups and maintain the best record of legal protection for all of our citizens, regardless of their color and/or background.

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    • Steven from Colorado

      I strongly agree with you. Also do you believe that race should not have a part for an individuals responsibility to make a better life for themselves?

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    • Dani from Colorado

      I agree that we have come a long way in creating equality for different races, but I don’t think that things have completely switched around. I think that we still need to continue to fight discrimination and try to eliminate it, but I am not sure if it will ever be gone completely.

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    • Henry from Colorado

      I understand your viewpoints, but I don’t agree with you. I feel that America has not progressed in race relations. I feel like it is getting worse as time goes on. There is almost always an issue on the news that includes racial discrimination. Hopefully, this will change and you will be right that America has only progressed in race relations, but for right now I feel that it is getting worse.

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    • Safoora from Pennsylvania

      All because we’ve offered support to minorities doesn’t make us the “least racist country”, which is quite a bold label to put on a whole entire country. This idea is the epitome of the white savior complex, which if anything, makes this statement sort of racist. It’s suggesting that those minorities are inferior to the “American” as an embodiment of a figure.

      Also — when Obama said “racism is in America’s DNA” it’s important to fact check sources. When referring to DNA, Obama means to emphasize the fact that American history has a lot of racism intertwined in it, and goes on to talk about how America is not yet “cured” from this disease that is racism.

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  • Martin from New York

    While I will agree that race relations in America are certainly not perfect, we have made really impressive leaps forward since the 1960s like the Voting Rights Act. However, America’s racial progress is radically different from other nations in one word, individualism.
    America is a proudly individualistic country, and through this value in self-interest, people don’t have to focus on the needs of a collective, but instead on their own needs and desires. By individualist standards, racism is completely impractical, since more cooperation can lead to more benefits for an individual.
    Racial identity politics, cherished by the Social-Justice Community or the Alt-Right, focus on a collective. It’s this thinking which is the only thing making American race-relations worse. If we really want to destroy racism in America, we need to think of the color of skin as, well, just that, the color of skin. That’s not what matters, you matter.

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  • Sabastian from New Mexico

    Race relation in the United States has improved a lot since the passage of the civil rights act of 1964. If we were to look back on that time we would see that the racial discrimination back them was way more then it was now. Back then there were many racist people out their who did not believe inequality and fought against it. However, if we now look at the present day we see how much has actually changed. People today are not very racist at all and are overall more accepting of people. This is a great win for everyone because this is now the time that people can start fighting more for their rights. Sure there are still things that people can call discrimination such as white police officers shooting blacks. This can be seen from many points of view, but these type of events do not represent the big picture. Overall, especially in America, the racial relations have improved so much that many people don’t just see differences, such as black or white, homosexual or heterosexual, or even women and men. Many people today just see each other as human, sure we do have some notable differences but overall we are just one race the human race., and it is because of this calm and clarity that people have that we have improved so much as society. If you really look at it 1964 isn’t that long ago, it’s not even 100 years old yet, but look at how much we have improved by, take a look outside and look to see a new sense of peace and friendliness that we didn’t have before. That is the reason of why The Human race relation in the United States has not Deteriorated but had improved, and not by a little but by a lot.

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  • Chelsea from Tennessee

    I think It has gotten better because they have more rights and they are more treated equally today. After the Martin L. King speech, it changed the way people saw blacks and allowed them to have more freedom.

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  • Alexis from Colorado

    If race relations were deteriorating in our society then we would have an increase in racism and racial separation. We would have all white schools and all black schools. We would have white neighborhoods and black neighborhoods. There would be very few mixed racial relationships. Our country overall would be much more segregated than it is now. We don’t have all black or all white schools. We have schools, open to any person of any race. We don’t have white neighborhoods and black neighborhoods, we have neighborhoods. We don’t care if our neighbor is black or white, all we really care about is if they are nice or not. Our race relations are only getting stronger as time goes on.

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  • Cassie from Illinois

    More and more people have different race relationships.

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      Race plays no factor in our relationship decisions. If you like someones personality and you find them physically attractive, you are going to be with them. You are not going to hold back just because they are a different race. Yes, you might find someone of your own race more attractive, but that is no different that finding someone with our same hair color or personality more attractive. It is not like you are refusing to be attracted to someone just because they are a different race.

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  • Ethan from Tennessee

    Even though the process has been slow, race relations have improved since 1964. All races have slowly accepted we’re all U.S. citizens and there is no reason to avoid other races. No one is born racist, they’re taught to be racist. Since being racism is being taught less because a lower amount of people are racist, race relations will continue to increase over time.

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  • Grey from Tennessee

    It is safe to say that race relations have truly improved since the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Jim Crowe laws separated African-Americans and other minorities from the white majority. There were laws in place that kept African-Americans from voting after the Civil War. Since 1964, segregation has ceased to exist, and racism is a lot less common in today’s America. It is the small groups of extremists that the media focuses on that leads the population to believe racism is at its worst. In today’s world, the human race is more connected than ever. Social media has allowed people of all races to connect and talk to each other. Equal opportunity hiring exists to keep a workplace diverse. The wage gap between minorities and the majority has closened since the 1960’s. Though race relations are not perfect, they have drastically improved since the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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  • Jenna from Tennessee

    Honestly, I don’t even believe this should be a question. Although we still have a lot to improve on when concerning racial issues in the US, we have definitely improved since 1964. Back in those times, many obvious racist acts were accepted in our society without any remark as to how wrong it was. Nowadays, racist acts are not taken lightly and that is a way greater step since 1964. Many minorities are provided more freedom and rights versus the discriminatory, divided ways before the Civil Rights Act. We still have a ways to go when involving racial relations, but there has certainly been an increase since 1964.

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  • Danney from Pennsylvania

    Yes, I was alive in 1960 and I a White male dated a Black Girls in the mid – 1970’s. Today inter-racial dating and relationships are more common and accepted.
    Has it gotten better – ABSOLUTELY! Do we still have issues and problems to solve – YES!

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  • Christianna from Tennessee

    I believe that the racism isn’t as blunt as it has been. But it is there. People have a harder time finding a job, harder time getting healthcare, often arrested without a reason, purely just for their skin colors, they’re still segregated from most white people and live in “suburbs”. Another way of keeping this is now the places that you can vote are far away from suburbs and hard to walk to, and sometimes straight up refuse African Americans.

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  • Caleb from Montana

    The race relationships are a lot better than they used to be. The act has obviously improved America.

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  • Andrew from Louisiana

    It may look bad on the news, but race relations today can’t be compared to the era of Jim Crow laws.

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  • Elvis from Idaho

    I, not being part of the White majority, have always thought that relations have been constantly improving because of my own personal experiences. I strive to show people that just because there are different types of people it doesn’t mean that we should be alienated because of these petty reasons. In the past, laws and regulations are what held people back from becoming who they wanted to because of their color or otherwise race. Now it is a matter of what individuals think. As time goes on, the idea of being better than someone else just because of race will die out because the old idea of superiority of color will start to become even more socially unacceptable. I feel like these ideas, although still apparent, are starting to die out as people start to see past merely color, and into your worth as a person.

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  • Reilly from Colorado

    I do not think that race relations have deteriorated. Of course we have come a long way from where America once was but discrimination towards certain races still exists. A lot of people still dislike another race just because the color of their skin, or what they believe in, or just where they come from. It is sickening that people continue to judge and be racist towards others still today.

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  • Shawna from Colorado

    I feel that race relations have improved since 1964. Although there is still work to be done, as a whole I feel that America has come a long way. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 banned segregation in public places, and banned unequal opportunity employment. The fact that segregation was occurring in the 60s and required an act to be passed to end it exemplifies the racist thought that occurred in that time. Today, the thought of segregation would seem bizarre, yet was a norm in the 60s. Although the Civil Rights Act was passed in 1964 and demonstrated legal change, I don’t think that the discrimination and the prejudices really started to change until later. Today we still witness race related violence, but that violence was much more common and less publicized back then. We still witness prejudices and stereotypes based on race, but I feel that today they are less of an actuality and often take form as jokes on social media, also I feel that people today are less likely to act on them.

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  • Dylan from New York

    Race relations have deteriorated since the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 due to the Great Society created by LBJ. The War on Poverty failed miserably. The other reason is Ted Kennedy’s 1965 Immigration Act. The Great Society increased the out of wedlock birth rate for African Americans by 40%. Instead of motivating Atrican Americans it trapped them in welfare and government dependency. Now because of the media, identity politics by the left and Black Lives Matter it teaches young African American children that they are victims and need the government. There is a War on Cops that has never been seen before. Obama split the country along racial lines pitting us against one another instead of uniting America. Unity is America’s strength. The 1965 Immigration Act changed our immigration system so that we now have brought in tens of millions of unskilled workers from 3rd world countries that divert aid from our inner cities and drive down the wages of African Americans. Immigrant gangs like MS-13 kill African Americans and created rivalries with African Americans. There is a way to improve race relations and it is lifting African Americans out of poverty, uniting the country. To do this we must build a wall along the Mexican border to keep drugs and criminals out of inner cities, cutting legal immigration so they are not competing with vulnerable American workers and Welfare Reform to empower people shifting them to work.

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  • Alex from Colorado

    I believe that racism still exist, even though the affects aren’t as visible since before the Civil Rights Act of 1964, but racism still remains active today; even though people try to hide their rejection towards other races by pretending to give equal rights and equal opportunities to minorities. There have been many circumstances where equal rights have not been respected. We have made improvements, but there is still a lot to do to deteriorate racism.

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  • Kira from Colorado

    Since the 1960s, racism in America has improved overall. But that doesn’t mean that there are no more problems with it because in some areas of the United States, racism is a huge problem that needs to be solved.

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  • Ryan from Colorado

    Personally, I do not think that race relations have deteriorated since the civil rights act of 1964, but its also not right to say that it is a solved problem. yes we may have racial outbreaks and criticisms here and there, but overall as a country, we have shown development in this issue since you don’t see as much segregation.

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  • Rajan from Colorado

    Since the 60s race relations have improved so much because today you don’t see different bathrooms, buses, and schools like you would see in the 60s. Also today everyone is treated more fairly and to discriminate someone based on their race can have consequences in business and employment.

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  • Adeline from Colorado

    Racism is still prevalent in society today. It is evident in our government, workplaces, and communities. However, it exists on a level that is below what it was in 1964 and years prior. True segregation is no longer present. Legally, race relations have not truly changed. Overall, they are not below what they once were. The nation is progressing towards being more accepting and open minded, and slowly leaving racism behind. Although, race relations are still not ideal. White police officers still kill unarmed black men for seemingly no reason besides their race. The KKK has held riots that have led to people being harmed and have shown racism in its truest, ugliest, most hateful form. And yet, this issue is still larger than blacks and whites. Many white people target muslims as terrorists for no true reason. Mexicans are stereotyped as criminals, even by our own president. It is true that our country has made steps towards equality, and this must be acknowledged. Race relations, despite the obvious issues, are in a better place than they were in 1964. One must also consider media coverage, and how frequently disputes can be blown out of proportion. However, we cannot dismiss the clear turmoil between races. We have allowed a racist man to come to power, along with many others. People are still being unfairly discriminated against due to their race. If we do not address the fact that race relations are turbulent, there is potential for them to fall below where they once were.

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    • Sean from Missouri

      I completely agree, racism is still an issue today but it is nothing like it was in 1964 and years prior. Albeit slowly, progress has been made towards leaving racism in the past. Although black people are still discriminated against by some, the numbers aren’t nearly as many.

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  • Regan from Colorado

    Although race relations are nowhere near where they should be, we have come a long way since the 60’s and I don’t think that things are worse.

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  • Blake from Colorado

    In my opinion, I believe that race relations are not completely fair,just, nor equal. But they have gotten way better since the Civil Rights Act. All races have equal rights in law. But on a social level many races are judges and debased.

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    • Alex from Colorado

      I couldn’t agree with you more. We have definitely have made improvements to deteriorate racism. There are definitely going to people who are always going to debase and judge, which is why it is hard to diminish racism.

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      I couldn’t agree with you more. We have definitely have made improvements to deteriorate racism. There are definitely going to people who are always g…

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  • Lexi from Colorado

    No, race relations have not deteriorated. When I think of relations, I think of not just romantically, but socially as well. Before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 civilians of different color would not be able to socialize with the others without feeling superior or inferior. The concept of relationships have improved as well as the stability of rights. Before the Civil Rights Act, interracial couples were frowned upon highly. As time has gone on, people have become more supportive of this. The country has become more supportive as a whole when it comes to couples. This can be seen through the legalization of homosexual marriage and overall acceptance of all couples.

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    No, race relations have not deteriorated. When I think of relations, I think of not just romantically, but socially as well. Before the Civil Rights A…

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  • Sophia from Colorado

    Compared to the days of the 1960s, there has been a large improvement in racial discrimination. That being said, it does not mean that it is no longer a problem in the United States. There is still racism ravaging through many parts of America that have sparked controversy and need to be addressed.

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    • Ellie from Colorado

      I agree, I think that issues pertaining to race relations are presented much less explicitly now so they’re not as noticeable right away, but they’re still there and still prevalent. Because of that, the issues aren’t always addressed immediately or in the right way, which is contributing to the fact that, while things aren’t worse, they’re still not getting much better.

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  • jared from Colorado

    I believe that race relations is a topic that none of us truly like to talk about. The conditions of racial discrimination isn’t something someone can just fix, not one person in this world is not gonna get along with everyone. Get that through your skull, yet we must learn to live with each other. sense 1960’s I believe that race relations haven’t deteriorated but haven’t gotten better. there are still people out there that are acting out / judging one because of their race

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  • Renee from Colorado

    Race relations right now are not great, and may even be worse than 10 years ago, but we definitely are not worse off than we were in 1964. In a lot of areas, we have made large improvements towards equality, and compared to the 1960s we are doing much, much better. I think racial issues are beginning to become a larger problem, and if we continue down this path we may end up similar to the 60s but that wouldn’t be for a long time.

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    • Camryn from Colorado

      I agree that our relationship still is not super great, but it is much better than the past. We are recognizing issues and working to fix them.

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  • Jacob from Oregon

    Have race relations deteriorated since the Civil Rights Act of 1964? I would have to say they have not. What we are witnessing is not an increase or decrease in race relations, but everyone’s opinions going public. Now that people are able to hide behind a screen on the internet and send insults to anyone on the planet they forget to think about the reproductions for what they are posting. What we are facing is less of a racial problem, but more of people not knowing how to deal with the newfound responsibility the internet has given us.

    This being said if you remove the internet out of the equation race relations have definitely improved since the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Before this act other races were treated completely different compared to how they are now. Also with Affirmative Action Programs, we are working towards remedying the poor treatment we have given other races in the past.

    Sure there are a few rotten eggs, but you will always find a rotten egg eventually if you search the chicken coop long enough. What people are not focusing on is the leaps and bounds we have made in race relations compared to how we used to treat other races. If anything the fact that people think we treat other races anything like we did in the sixties just shows how far we’ve gone since then.

    People of later generations seem to never truly understand how things were back then because they simply have not lived through it. This means they tend to compare things that occur in there life with things that happened in the past, even though these comparisons are usually exaggerated. So yes we have improved with our treatment of other races, but we have plenty of room to improve.

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  • Megan from Colorado

    No, I don’t think race relations have deteriorated since the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The act ended segregation and banned employment discrimination. I do not believe that we have completely gone back to those ways. race relations has been deteriorated.

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  • Jake from Georgia

    I think certain groups have caused a lot of trouble for race relations, but overall it has steadily improved each year.

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    • Jake from Georgia

      I think they all caused trouble and should try getting along with people for a change. That’s all we have to do to not only make racial relations better, but just public relations in general.

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    • Steven from Colorado

      Do you believe that BLM is a group that is helping this debate or making it worse. Because seeing the protest that they have can sometimes make certain situations worse. Along with having them be more emotionally driven rather than having to step back and look at the facts or details of certain evens/cases. Also what other groups, like the KKK, Antifa, or others do you believe are making the racially driven topic to spiral out of control?

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  • Sean from Missouri

    I think the state of race relations has not deteriorated since the Civil Rights Act, simply because things backs then used to be terrible for blacks. Things may not be perfect now and especially in recent years, but that doesn’t even compare to how it was back then. There used to be laws that restrained black’s rights but now they have equal rights. There are still racists but I don’t think nearly as many.

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  • Dani from Colorado

    I don’t believe that violence against different races has deteriorated. I think that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 helped a lot with diminishing it, but after that was passed I don’t think that things have changed all that much.

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  • Cole from Illinois

    No, because back then people of color couldn’t go to school with whites. Now, people of any race can get an education together and not get discriminated because of their color or race.

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  • Morgan from Illinois

    We still have problems with race relations, but it’s improved majorly since the past. We no longer have segregation.

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  • Ian from Kentucky

    There is without a doubt better relations between races and cultures in America. People will always think negatively of someone just because of their skin color, but that’s the negative side effect of free speech. Free speech gives us the right to say what we think and believe, if someone’s words does promote hate we as people can ignore it. 50 years ago people couldn’t walk into a restaurant because of their skin color and today that has gotten extremely better. Today we celebrate each other’s thought, opinions, and beliefs in our culture. Of course there are still going to be bigots, our rights allow us to be so, but being a blatant bigot has become much less accepted. No one can go around displaying their hate for other races and cultures without getting fired or expelled.

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  • Cathy from Kentucky

    I think that while race relations may not be good right now, it is definitely better than the conditions of race relations in the past. At the time of the passing of the Civil Rights Act, some races had barely any rights at all and discrimination was at a high. Now, there is still some discrimination but at least races and minorities have rights that are protected by government. There have been many movements to bridge the gap between races and minorities that have improved relations drastically. While there are still racial issues now, overall the conditions are much better than in the past.

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    • Julia from Colorado

      I agree with what you are stating. I think it is safe to say that since the Civil Rights Act as a country we have improved. As a society, all of us may not yet agree with all racial situations, however different racial groups have gotten much more freedom and rights then before the Civil Rights Act. Also, without the Civil Rights Act, as a country, we would not be where we are today showing how the conditions now are better than before the Civil Rights Act.

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      I agree with what you are stating. I think it is safe to say that since the Civil Rights Act as a country we have improved. As a society, all of us ma…

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  • Elizabeth from Kentucky

    I do not necessarily think so. Since the Civil Rights Act of 1964, African Americans have gained many rights and treatment of them has improved tremendously. With any political/social issue such as racial discrimination, even the passage of a law cannot fix the mindset of some people and so it is a constant battle to correct people’s mindsets to actually improve the issue. 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.

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    • Adeline from Colorado

      I agree that overall, race relations are better than what they once were. It is true that under the law, we are now all equal. Laws cannot fix a racist mindset. The issue that plagues our society today is now the idea of racism, rather than its embodiment within legislature.

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      I agree that overall, race relations are better than what they once were. It is true that under the law, we are now all equal. Laws cannot fix a rac…

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    • Sophia from Colorado

      I agree that no matter what laws are passed, the mindsets can not be changed in a person. I think there is hope for the future however, that maybe someday these ideologies will die out with some older generations

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      I agree that no matter what laws are passed, the mindsets can not be changed in a person. I think there is hope for the future however, that maybe som…

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  • Sean from Kentucky

    I do not believe that race relations have gotten worse. Many people now may have racist beliefs but there are far less racist people than there was 50-75 years ago. I don’t think things have gotten worse because back then kids wouldn’t even have been able to go to school together because it was illegal. I think right now there are some examples of people being worse than they were back then, but those are just small examples. Our culture today doesn’t breed racism. Kids can get scholarships for being minorities which shows how far we’ve come.

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    • Reilly from Colorado

      I don’t agree with you because every example of someone being in a situation of racism against them is serious and important not small! Of course time now are much better but still not 100% great for all races and should not be thought of as a not so meaningful example.

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      I don’t agree with you because every example of someone being in a situation of racism against them is serious and important not small! Of course tim…

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    • Renee from Colorado

      I agree, I think that those who have deeply rooted racist beliefs have gotten more racist, but the majority of people are against racism and for equality. In comparison to the 60s, we are definitely better off and we have many laws now which help keep it that way. Anymore, racism is illegal in many contexts, but also is socially unacceptable, and back then, it was a norm.

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  • annie from Kentucky

    I would say no because it is not to the extent as it used to be. Yes, we still have racial problems, but they are not as bad as they were in 1964. I think we are making our way to bettering the problem. There will always be a problem or a group of people who will cause the racial problems, but we have to come together as the country that we are and fight against that.

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    • Kira from Colorado

      I agree that racism still exists and that there is still discrimination. I think there will always be some people who cause some problems and it is almost completely impossible to abolish all racial discrimination. The problem of race in America is a lot better than what it was in the 60s because now people of color are allowed to go where they want and use what they want.

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    • Lexi from Colorado

      I completely agree that we still have racial issues, and probably always will. However, it’s about looking at the past and how the concept of races used to control how people could live their everyday lives. Discrimination is seen less in areas especially at schools where children are being brought up with the morals to accept everyone and not judge based off of skin color. There’s always going to be those that morals include hating on other races, example is the KKK organization that still does exist. However, the group does not have as large of an impact on opinions as it did in the 1900’s.

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      I completely agree that we still have racial issues, and probably always will. However, it’s about looking at the past and how the concept of races us…

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  • Rachel from Kentucky

    I believe race relations have gotten better in the United States since he passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Now we don’t have seperated schools, or other separated things for whites and African Americans. Although we still have race problems today I don’t think they are as severe as they were. Schools are getting better at informing students that racism is not okay.

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    • Rajan from Colorado

      I agree with you that since the 60s race relations have improved by alot with schools, bathrooms, buses, and the overall treatment of each other.

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  • Mickey from Kentucky

    I feel like race relations were a lot worse back in the olden days. I feel like we accept it a little bit more now than we did back then. We accept people for who they are. And I also think that people stick up for others, who are of a different race, more now than back then because we are more okay to more than one race being here.

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    I feel like race relations were a lot worse back in the olden days. I feel like we accept it a little bit more now than we did back then. We accept pe…

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  • Quentin from Kentucky

    Sure some people still insult other races different to them, but people are getting better about accepting other people. Even if people like Trump can’t see it, other people can.

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  • shakia from Illinois

    The rate has went up in my opinion. America is still a messed up country.

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  • Elissa from Colorado

    Race relations in the United States have improved since the passage of the Civil Rights act and this is greatly observable in the lack of slavery and the change from past political policies including the 3/5th compromise. All people are people, and even if there is discourse between beliefs the overall state of the race relations in the United States is on the rise and in improving and becoming more open minded towards the differences of people in the world.

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  • jacob from Illinois

    less racism

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  • alexa from Colorado

    I do not think that this has changed over the years. People of race are often targeted and people assume that they are criminals. Not a lot of people expect a normal suburb white man or woman to be a criminal. In many cases, the minority is not the criminal. The real criminals hide within the crowd. We still have stereotypes to associate with each race that can be quite offensive. Although this may have calmed down since 1964, it is still an issue in our world.

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    I do not think that this has changed over the years. People of race are often targeted and people assume that they are criminals. Not a lot of people …

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    • Shae from Colorado

      I also believe that race relations is still an issue in our world, however, I agreed with this question that these problems have deteriorated since the Civil Rights Act of 1964 because we have made big milestones since slavery that’s showing a ton of deterioration. Therefore, I agreed with your reasoning, but overall, based on the specific question asked it has deteriorated even if the problem isn’t completely gone.

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      I also believe that race relations is still an issue in our world, however, I agreed with this question that these problems have deteriorated since th…

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  • Emilie from Tennessee

    I do not believe that race relations have deteriorated since 1964, in America. In fact, I believe that they have improved. Throughout the time since the passing of the Civil Rights Act, we, as a country, have advanced substantially in our acceptance of one another. Although, it is true that some events have occured that have set us back on our progression, the overwhelming amount of fight-back that those events caused within our society is a tribute to how much our community cares about total equality and fair treatment for all.

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    I do not believe that race relations have deteriorated since 1964, in America. In fact, I believe that they have improved. Throughout the time since t…

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  • Madelyn from Colorado

    Race relations have not deteriorated but stop progressing since the civil rights act, this isn’t just about black and white it’s about all races. Nowadays people are racist against muslims thinking they are all terrorists. People are also racist against mexicans saying they are all drug dealers and while there is no longer segregation, there still kind of is based on monetary class because it seems no other race can get ahead even though we are all people and we all deserve to be treated equally as such. So no racial relations have not deteraited but they haven’t gotten any better either

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    Race relations have not deteriorated but stop progressing since the civil rights act, this isn’t just about black and white it’s about all races. Nowa…

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    • Ryan from Colorado

      Very well put, you have some highly valid points. I strongly agree that it is more than black or white and its gotten to a point where its more a stereotypical issue as much as a racial dilemma. I agree that it hasn’t necessarily gotten worse but that doesn’t mean its getting that much better.

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      Very well put, you have some highly valid points. I strongly agree that it is more than black or white and its gotten to a point where its more a ster…

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  • Alex from Colorado

    Overall, I believe that a new positive of relations between races has been achieved. Before the Civil Rights Act, our nation was heavily segregated. Blacks could not eat, urinate, drink, swim in the same place as white Americans. However, today, the majority of Americans do not bat an eye when they see a black in the same place as them, as it should be. However, tensions still exist between the two races, especially recently with the violence surrounding the police forces in several cities. Negatives still exist, but not nearly as much as before the Civil Rights Act.

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    Overall, I believe that a new positive of relations between races has been achieved. Before the Civil Rights Act, our nation was heavily segregated. B…

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  • Darius from Illinois

    Our own president is a racist. That speaks for itself.

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  • michael from Kentucky

    No I don’t think that race relations have deteriorated. I think it has gotten better, becasue before the civil rights, colored people had to go to different schools drink from different fountains and much more.We have equal pay and in the eyes of the government we are all created equal.

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    • Alex from Colorado

      I agree, additionally the abilities of different races, not just African Americans, have improved in pay and the safety for these people

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    • Jake from Georgia

      We don’t have equal pay here. Even if we did I think that would be wrong. Whoever does a better job at something should get more money. The business world is competitive. In America we have equal opportunity so we can choose to do whatever we want to do with our lives. It’s up to us.

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      We don’t have equal pay here. Even if we did I think that would be wrong. Whoever does a better job at something should get more money. The business w…

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    • Elissa from Colorado

      I agree, additionally the abilities of different races, not just African Americans, have improved in pay and the safety for these people

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  • Elizabeth from Kentucky

    No, I don’t think race relations have deteriorated since the passage of the Civil Rights act. Race relations will never be perfect and of course we are still going to have issues with them, but they definitely have improved since the Civil Rights act. I also think that the media tends to sway the public into believing that race relations are deteriorating when in reality they aren’t.

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    No, I don’t think race relations have deteriorated since the passage of the Civil Rights act. Race relations will never be perfect and of course we ar…

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  • josh from Kentucky

    No, I don’t think that relations have deteriorated since the formation of the 1964 civil rights act. Mostly all people are treated the same, there really isn’t much difference in how people are treated based on their color of skin. Their will always be some people who are racist, to people, and there isn’t anything you can do to change that, that was how they were raised. but for the most part i think relations have greatly improved.

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  • Gene from Tennessee

    I believe that race relations have improved since the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Before this act was passed, African-Americans couldn’t do many of the things that the whites could do. Now they can do just as many things as the whites and a lot more. We’ve even had an African-American president twice. Racism is still a serious issue that has yet to be resolved, but we can’t say that we haven’t come far since the act was passed.

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  • Brett from Kentucky

    The race relations have not deteriorated, but been strengthened in the states today. Before the civil rights act was passed there was no race relations whatsoever. If you were of a different color you were just ignored, as if not even there. There has been no more race discrimination such as that in the states since. Today those of other colors are free to live, have jobs, and thrive as American people. If you ask me times have never been better and I think that how things are now are quite good. Many jobs are available for people of every color and the same benefits as well.

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    The race relations have not deteriorated, but been strengthened in the states today. Before the civil rights act was passed there was no race relation…

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  • Michael from Kentucky

    No, because employment and public services our allowed use by any race. I believe ever since President Trump got into office, racism has got worse, but since 1964 they have gotten better. I see more racism in 2017 after President Trump got elected, but before that their was not as much. I think we are at a uprising with racism while President Trump is in office, but once he gets out I think it will go down shortly day-by-day.

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    No, because employment and public services our allowed use by any race. I believe ever since President Trump got into office, racism has got worse, bu…

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  • Josie from Kentucky

    Race relations have not deteriorated in the United States since the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It is definitely known that media does in fact highlight racial injustices and issues that are happening in today’s society, but even then there are things happening behind the camera. Although race relations were a lot wore back then, it is still prominent in our world. It is more of a matter that people are not so blunt about their indifferences now. Instead of labelling things ‘colored’ and ‘white’ like they were doing then, we now have racial injustices that happen under our noses such as unequal pay and discrimination in work places.

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  • Faith from Kentucky

    Race relations have deteriorated since 1964, but there is still a clear racial problem in the United States. It’s not like what it was pre Civil War, but there is always going to be the racial problem. We see it in the news every day and some try to make it seem like it wasn’t a racial problem, but people see how the racial discrimination is still there.

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  • Ashley from Kentucky

    No, I think that race relations have not deteriorated in the United States since the Act of 1964. I think our country has gotten a lot better since it was in the 1960’s and 70’s. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 has gotten this country to help where it is today in the talk of race relations.

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  • Liz from Kentucky

    No, I don’t think that race relations have deteriorated in the United States since the passage of the civil rights act. Compared to the major discrimination that occurred in the United States before the Civil Rights movement, the world we live in today is fair and just to those people of color. Back in the 1950s and before, colored people had to go to different schools, theaters, churches, bathrooms, and even use different water fountains. Today, even if people think that people are treated unfairly, the treatment of colored people has majorly improved over time. Yes, some people blow things out of proportion and get their feeling hurt too easily, but in the long run, the United States’ discrimination towards people of color has decreased over the years.

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  • Joseph from Florida

    I believe that infact, Race Relations have improved vastly in the time since 1964, as now we assimilate with each other like it’s an everyday thing, unlike then when it’s drilled into your mind that the other race is inferior, and barbaric, etc. Even more so in 2008, with the election of former president Barack Obama, which would definitely never happen in the 1960’s, showing how far as a county and how far as people we have progressed. But still after all that, we have many incidents from people with views stuck in the past on how we view people of differing races, such as the Charleston, SC church shooter, but still we as Americans have and will continue to live together as one, under one flag, as those before us.

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    I believe that infact, Race Relations have improved vastly in the time since 1964, as now we assimilate with each other like it’s an everyday thing, u…

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  • Destinie from Colorado

    Of course, things aren’t exactly the same as it was in the past but sometimes it seems like the United States is going backward. With police brutality and with a racist president, this causes many citizens to think that racism is okay. So it seems to never go away.

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  • Alex from New York

    While there are still many race related issues that need to be addressed the country as a whole has improved. This may be controversial but there are people who take things to far and race bait. For instance when Rep. Tim Scott celebrated the new tax bill’s passing someone tweeted that it was not surprising that the republicans placed a black man up front and center only for Rep. Scott to reply that he was a major contributer to the bill and that his race should not be focused on. There will always be racism in the United States but to say the we have gotten worse is 100% a falsehood.

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    While there are still many race related issues that need to be addressed the country as a whole has improved. This may be controversial but there are…

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  • Samantha from West Virginia

    Through out our great country’s history, there has always been tense relations between race. There has been several attempts to remedy this situation,with acts, bills , and amendments. Some say that after the passing of bills such as the civil rights bill of 1864 , the bridge between races has shortened. The reality of the civil rights bill of 1964 is it has acted as sort of a bandaid-a temporary solution to a long term problem. Race relations may have improved temporarily but now race relations are becoming increasingly tense as the years and decades pass.

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  • Sam from Kentucky

    The civil rights movement was an extreemly influential time in history that awakened a time of people standing up for themselfs at the risk of danger, adversity, and genuine racism. While it has been an uphill battle to try to erradicate division between diffrent races, its comparativly better in this age than any other in American history, and as a society, we are working everyday to try to be better people.

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  • Eden from Virginia

    It was so bad back then that I️ don’t think there’s anyway it could get worse than that. Dont get me wrong, things are still bad, but not to that level.

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  • Anthony from Florida

    To those who think current race relations predate back to the 1800s are looking out the iconic window stating at a brick wall. The minority percentages don’t total the masses.

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  • Sam from Pennsylvania

    They have obviously improved,I’m sure nobody is opposed to that, but definitely not perfect. Everyone says that ignoring the issue won’t help, but not caring about it is different from ignoring it. If everyone didn’t care about race it wouldn’t be an issue wouldn’t it?

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    They have obviously improved,I’m sure nobody is opposed to that, but definitely not perfect. Everyone says that ignoring the issue won’t help, but not…

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  • Koryn from Illinois

    No. Race relations, though still far from perfect, are if anything better than they’ve ever been before. The media tends to highlight the examples of racism ignoring the fact the 85-90% of the country is in fact very peaceful.

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  • Y from Virginia

    Race relations in America has not deteriorated. It has always been the same but because of the new political culture, such issues are brought more towards the spotlight. It would be a denial of history to say that America does not have a race issue. For example, directly after the Civil Rights Act was passed, it was faced with continued resistance such as local school boards continuing black-white school segregation. Although these trends have continued systematically, our focus as a society eventually shifted. But it does not mean these issues were not still prevalent. The Black Lives Matter movement did not appear overnight, it was because of decades of animosity between police and black communities. But now, these problems, particularly these animosities, are brought to light because of increased use of social media and increased presence of a political society. But because the current political climate almost validates racism so it is not unfair to expect a group of people seeing that if powerful people in charge of the government are able to say racist things and get away with it, they can too. This can be shown in the day after the presidential inauguration that hate crimes tripled from the previous week. However, it is important to know the hate crime rate is still significantly lower than after passage of the Civil Rights Act. It just seem like race relations are deteriorating because of the candidness of Washington DC but America’s race relations has historically been and is still fundamentally flawed.

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  • Zachary from Louisiana

    No. Race relations have not deteriorated since the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In fact I think they have improved, generally speaking. There are moments of bliss where everyone seems to get along, but the reality is there has always been racial tentions in one form or another throughout United States history. Just because congress passes an act banning discrimination of any kind, doesn’t mean that everyone will let go of their prejudice mindsets. But since that act was passed we are seeing more and more people who are becoming acceptant of each other, despite the color of their skin. Just because there is still discrimination around in the United States, doesn’t mean the situation is getting worse. Besides it’s not like the founding of the United States was a popular opinion back when it was first discussed. It took a lot of time and a lot of effort from countless people fighting for what they believe in. If we eliminated all the struggles Americans had to face in order to stay free, then why fight for it? It is because we struggled and made sacrifices that shaped who we are today, people who stand for what they believe in and don’t give up. People aren’t perfect, they will make mistakes. It’s time for everyone to start accepting that fact, and it’s time for the people of this country to understand that complete racial acceptance will take some time to take hold. The time has come to let go of what lives matter and what lives don’t, because all lives matter. We need to look back in history to those with a lesson for us all to learn. “The restoration of the Rebel States to the Union must rest upon the principle of civil and political equality of both races; and it must be sealed by general amnesty”- Abraham Lincoln (abrahamlincolnonline.org) this was said by Lincoln in 1864, and it took until 1964 for congress to pass the Civil Rights Act. That was 100 years where the African American community had to endure constant racism and violence without any sympathy or justice. It hasn’t only been the African American community that has suffered either, in 1942 the Japanese were put into internment camps. Their properties destroyed, stolen, and sold during World War 2. They were never repaid for the destruction, and after the war they had no homes to return to. Now i see racial slurs popping up directing towards Hispanic and Islamic immigrants. The United States has always had problems with racism, relations haven’t deteriorated at all. It’s continuously getting better. For each new generation we will have those who are hopefully more accepting of someone skin and ethnic background than the generation before. If we are proud to be an American, and truly believe that this is the land of the free. Then let’s give it time, let the cake rise before you bake it.

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  • Claudia from Alabama

    Deterioration means to get worse with time and I don’t believe that racial discrimination has gotten worse. We are nothing close to the segregation time when it was at its fullest and races couldn’t mix in any public situation. We’ve progressed since those times with new protection laws not only for a particular group but for all, to encourage equity between humans. We can change laws all we want but if us a individuals don’t change our minds on this topic it will prevale. I do believe that recently these thoughts have become more violent in these last years but it we could never compare this type of agression with the behavior after African American citizenship recognizement. Racism has always existed and I think that we can all agree that there wasn’t one time the discrimination was worse in a specific period beacuse all events have been equally as hurtful for our colored brothers and sisters. Recent incitation has awaken old thoughts and believes left behind but not created new ones.

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    Deterioration means to get worse with time and I don’t believe that racial discrimination has gotten worse. We are nothing close to the segregation ti…

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  • Nicole from California

    The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed to ensure people were treated the same without regards to race, gender, religion, or nationality. The legislation was a step towards have a unifying stance as a country, but individuals did not have the same opinions. People continued to discriminate, for example, through race. Suburbs were created because of a “white flight” in which white Americans attempted to flee cities flooded with immigrants and African Americans. Today, race relations still involve discriminatory actions towards people with differences. These movements are evident through others need to form groups such as Black Lives Matter and Alternative Right. The unequal mindset people have from the colonial times of slavery are prevalent today, therefore race relations have not progressed, nor have they deteriorated. The difference is that news coverage of protests and gatherings creates a sense of enormity and violence along with the issue.

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  • Benjamin from Florida

    Racial tension in the US has improved since 1964, but it is still a problem. Before 1964, blacks had few rights and many whites did not want to mix or share anything with African Americans. In the years after 1964, black children became able to travel on buses with white children, and the public opinion began to shift to a positive view of the effect of the Civil Rights Act on racism. However, even in 1996, a poll showed that two thirds of white respondents were against allowing whites and blacks on the same bus as well as 39% of black respondents. Although the poll showed a decrease in opposition from both sides towards the issue, the numbers evidently show a deep ravine between the races even 32 years after the Civil Rights Act. Racial tension in the US has improved since then, and in a poll in 2014 the majority of both blacks and whites reported that they felt an ease in racial tension in the US as a result of the Civil Rights Act. This apparent ease was exemplified in the election of Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, an unprecedented occurrence in the history of the US. While the presented information may make it seem that we are on the way to eradicating racism in the US, it is important to note that many people, whether they admit it or not, are subconsciously affected by racist views and show some degree of racism in their actions or thoughts. The magnification of apparent racist acts by media also affects the general public’s thoughts and feelings. As technology continues advancing in the US, the media’s influence grows larger. Recent events that have been magnified by the media (like the killing of Trayvon Martin) sparked the Black Lives Matter movement in 2013. Such events have cause the public to worry further about the issue of racism. In the end, racial tension has improved since 1964 but is still a large problem in the US. It affects relations between whites, blacks, latinos, muslims, and virtually all people. The election of Trump as president also shows the extent of racist tendencies in the public today and demonstrates a continued necessity for the abolition of racism.

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  • Madylin from Michigan

    Although race relations in the United States are far from perfect, I certainly would not compare them to the hatred and discrimination associated with the post-Civil War era. Various aspects of white-black relations have improved, as it is now much easier for POC to be hired and interact with white society, while other things, such as police brutality and the alienation of communities of color, have not changed much at all. I would say that overall, race relations have mostly stayed the same, improving only slightly, but I would not go so far as to claim that they are deteriorating.

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  • Maggie from Kentucky

    It isn’t going away in our country. Simply because every news headline and article heading is racial on some way. The news and papers twist and turn things to make them something they aren’t. Yes, some people do believe that others are different from others but they can’t realize that we are all the same just different skin tones because of many reasons. A couple may be: they were raised to think a certain way, they see and view things differently, and lastly because they believe everything the media is telling them. The media and news is the source of this because they keep adding fuel to the fire. If these media sources weren’t so concerned about views or ratings, imagine how much more truth would shine through. Imagine how much better this country would be if the media didn’t blow everything out of proportion and make it something it wasn’t. Some of the news stories are true but some are not…

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  • Alexandria from Georgia

    Race relations have not deteriorated since the Civil Rights Act. People like Martin Luther King Jr have changed race relations for the better. King started a conversation between races, and his words have inspired people to be more peaceful. His inspirational speeches spawned many civil rights activists of today.
    While King hasn’t inspired everyone to look past race when judging people, it still has inspired many people who are changing racial mindsets today. Social change takes a long time to change. Events like Charlottesville shows that King may not have fixed race relations, but it doesn’t mean things are getting worse. If anything, with the rise of social justice warriors, and the backlash Charlottesville had shows race relations aren’t deteriorating, but getting better.

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  • Kris from Connecticut

    No. But things STILL 10000% NEED WORK.

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    • Alex from Colorado

      I agree Just because we have progressed towards equality as a nation does not mean we need to stop there. A racial divide still exists which needs to be closed, because there is no reason for it to exist in the first place. Racial discrimination should not exist in the United States where we pride ourselves on freedom for all.

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  • Matthew from Illinois

    Race relations have not deteriorated since the passage of the Civil Rights Act, because most Americans now view race the same way that they view eye or hair color. They simply don’t care. Before the Act, there were physical representations of racism and prejudice thrown about, and any American can point those issues out. Now, if there is tension, it is only between very small groups of people. White Nationalist groups do not make up a large portion of the Caucasian race, and thus do not represent them. The rest of them (White Americans) do not care. The issue is magnified, however, by media outlets, which paint very opposite pictures of the world and the nation. It is well known that what you see on outlets such as Fox and CNN are both often misrepresentations of reality. The importance of getting as many sources as possible shows itself in debates like this, but nobody writes news that says, “nobody cares about race”, because it doesn’t sell, and it doesn’t gain an audience. Saying, instead, “that person is harmful to you because they look different” does sell. This creates the illusion of racial tensions, because much of the content that you consume is telling you that this is reality. My final thought is that, issues like the immigration policy and the ban on refugees from predominantly Muslim nations are not race issues. Certainly, they are discussed due to race, but the heart of the problem lies within the welfare of the American people – not just Whites, but also all other Americans of every race and ethnicity. If all of the illegal immigrants were white, conservatives would still be opposed to their arrival via illegal methods. If the Islamic terrorist groups were filled with white Muslims, then they would still be an issue. Race isn’t an issue; racial relations being questioned as a concern in the US is the product of a smudged lens that we look through to educate ourselves, distorting reality into a hate-filled battle between groups (that were created by falsely claiming “us versus them” when we are all just people, and therefore the same), called media. Politicised media is clouding our judgement, and causing people to dislike each other, or at least perceive tension between different races. Those of us who see this content often don’t understand that only the racists are publicized, leaving normal, non-racist Americans with this false sense of tension, that only exists in very small groups, that do not represent a notable percentage of any race.

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  • Allison from Idaho

    Race relations have not deteriorated within the United States, rather there has been an increased focus on the racial bias that was already present. This attention has led to a more open discussion between races and thus a stronger relationship overall. As a result of different movements such as Black Lives Matter, many police departments have reviewed or began to review their policies and how they teach their officers in order to erase racial bias that is present.

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    • abbey from Colorado

      I agree that race relations have not deteriorated within the United States. I do not however agree that the police have taken enough action to end the racial bias. It is still a constant threat to some wondering if they will be alive by the end of the day due to their skin color.

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