Forty-two percent of Americans say they worry a “great deal” about race relations here in the United States, according to a new Gallup Poll released Wednesday, March 15. Worries about the issue rose seven percent from 2016, marking a record high in Gallup’s 17-year trend.
This year marks the third year in a row that concerns over race relations have increased by significant margins. Heightened concerns over the issue are a clear sign of the times as the nation continues to grapple with the rash of police shootings involving African-American men and the recent election of contested President Donald Trump. The new president’s racist and oftentimes divisive rhetoric has since emboldened some right-wing extremists to go out and commit racially charged crimes.
The number of Americans who expressed a “great deal” of worry over race relations reached an all-time low of 13 percent in 2010, during the early years of former President Barack Obama’s time in office, the poll showed. This downward trend in worry started around the end of George W. Bush’s presidency and remained in the teens until 2015. (Atlanta Black Star)