Black-and-white race relations in US lowest in 20 years, polls show

Race relations in the US between black and white adults are at their lowest point in more than two decades and black Americans are 20% less optimistic about future racial harmony, polls show

  • A recent Gallup poll said race relations between black and white in the US are at their lowest point in more than two decades.
  • Currently, 42 percent of Americans say relations between the two racial groups rate it positive, as opposed to 57 percent who say it is negative
  • Last year it was 44 percent positive
  • Race relations have eroded since it was 70 percent positive in 2013
  • The future is mixed based on racial group, with 60 percent of white Americans seeing a brighter future versus 40 percent of black Americans

For the second year in a row, black-white race relations in the US are at their lowest point in more than two decades, and there is a 20-point gap in how white and black Americans see the future.

A opinion poll published on Wednesday found that 42 percent of Americans say relations between the two racial groups are “very” or “somewhat” good, while 57 percent say they are “somewhat” or “very” bad.

Last year, the same poll found black-and-white relations 44 percent positive in the wake of the George Floyd murder and subsequent nationwide protests and calls for racial justice.

And only 40 percent of black adults are optimistic there will be racial harmony, as opposed to 60 percent of white adults, according to the poll by Gallup, a Washington DC-based analytics and consulting firm.

“This is the largest gap recorded in Gallup’s three-decade trend, and it’s especially striking given that it came on the heels of a 10-point rise in black American optimism last year,” the company said Gallup in his report.

Black Lives Matter protests, like the one shown here in New York City, erupted across the country after George Floyd’s murder

Race relations between black and white Americans have deteriorated in recent years, reaching a new low in 2021, according to a recent Gallup poll

Race relations between black and white Americans have deteriorated in recent years, reaching a new low in 2021, according to a recent Gallup poll

At its peak, 70 percent of white and black Americans said there was a positive relationship in 2013.

At its peak, 70 percent of white and black Americans said there was a positive relationship in 2013.

Future Prospects for Racial Harmony Is a 20-Point Difference Between White and Black Americans, Largest Ever

Future Prospects for Racial Harmony Is a 20-Point Difference Between White and Black Americans, Largest Ever

Black-and-white relationships in the United States have eroded since 2013, when 70 percent of adults said they believed the two racial groups had a positive relationship.

In 2015, that number dropped off a cliff to 53 percent and has continued to decline.

The poll doesn’t pinpoint the reason for the sudden drop from 2013 to 2015, but America underwent a racial reckoning in Ferguson in the weeks following August 9, 2014, when Michael Brown, 18, was fatally shot by white police officer Darren Wilson.

That led to a series of police shootings of black Americans and led to the formation of multiple social justice movements such as Black Lives Matter.

Over the past two years, cities have staged numerous peaceful protests for peace. But some of the protests have turned into violent riots with looting and violence. Far-left and right-wing extremist groups are more common and clash several times.

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