Bringing us all together. Wasn't that the promise of Barack Obama. Wasn't that promise,made in the speech that made him a serious candidate given at the 2004 Democratic National Convention ("there is no white America, there is no black America") one of the reasons Americans supported Barack Obama? Of course, once in office he proved to be the most divisive Presidents in American history. And it shows.
Perceptions about the state of black-white relations in America have fallen dramatically since the summer of 2009. But voters are still more optimistic about that relationship than they are about relations between whites and Hispanics and between blacks and Hispanics.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 36% of voters now say relations between blacks and whites are getting better. That's down from 62% in July of last year at the height of the controversy involving a black Harvard professor and a white policeman. That number had fallen only slightly to 55% in April of this year.
Twenty-seven percent (27%) now say black-white relations are getting worse, up 10 points from July 2009, while 33% think they're staying about the same. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
African-Americans are much more pessimistic than whites. Thirty-nine percent (39%) of whites think black-white race relations are getting better, but just 13% of blacks agree.
That Obama would be terrible for race relations in America was clear early on. He has followed race-based policies in many areas. Yet,at the same time, much of what he promised for blacks and whites has failed up to this point because he promised the world. So now liberals and black leaders are blaming racism for his unpopularity among most whites (only 1/3 have favorable ratings for him). Therefore, liberals in the media and in politics have created a terrible dynamic in America, fraught with potential long-term problems.
One more broken promise-but who is keeping track by now?