The results of the survey on racism in the United States, which was reported yesterday by the Pew Research Center, gives an account of a mixed picture of progress in five decades since Martin Luther King gave his historic speech “I have a dream…” urging racial equality.
Despite the fact that a large number of blacks and whites say that the two races usually are “get along pretty good”, when it comes to family income and wealth, whites are in better conditions than blacks, and eight of every 10 Americans say that much remains to be done to achieve racial equality.
Blacks were more prone to dicrimination than other races, and noted that they have been treated less fairly than whites in their relationship with the police, courts, local public schools or the workplace.
Of those surveyed, only one of every four African-American indicates that the situation of black people has improved in the past five years, compared to 39% in 2009. Among whites, it declined 49% to 35%.
Apparently the country has not achieved yet the dream of Martin Luther King; a society free of racial prejudice, since according to data provided by the survey, less than half of Americans believe that the country has made substantial progress in the past 50 years towards racial equality.