Race Relations In The United States



America, 1967: Five years after the assassination of President
Kennedy, and the Civil Rights March in Washington D.C., the Kerner
Commission wrote a report that found that America was “moving towards two
societies, one black, one white, separate and unequal.” Three decades
later, in an address at the University of California in San Diego,
President Clinton called for a year long conversation about race relations
in the United States. According to Clinton in half a century there will be
no majority race in America. “Will we become not two but many Americas,
separate, unequal and isolated,” he asked, “or will we draw strength from
all your people and our ancient faith in the quality of ...

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respondents said they were satisfied with the way things were going
in their personal lives and also with their standard of living. Among
whites, levels of acceptance and tolerance are unprecedented. For example,
93% of whites, a higher percentage than of blacks, said they were willing
to vote for a black candidate for President.
So why would Clinton be calling for racial healing in a time when “
a curious new element” of peace “seems to have descended over America’s
roiling racial landscape?” Not everything is as perfect as it seems.
Unemployment rates in the poorest neighborhoods have barely budged.
Problems in the quality of education continue, and many blacks are quietly
fuming over the taking back of affirmative action programs. Fifty-eight
percent of the whites and 54 percent of the black respondents said they
felt that race relations would always be a problem in the United States,
and as more blacks move into middle class societies and their contacts with
whites ...

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to get ahead in life. Unfortunately this is somewhat true.
They did need help, especially necessary 30 years ago when affirmative
action began. They needed help to get out from underneath the constraints
of poverty, and American prejudice. A help that, even though perhaps less,
they still need today. As President Clinton pointed out, since the
University of California has prohibited the use of race or sex in hiring
and admissions, there has been a significant drop in applications from
minority students, and in the number accepted. “Minority enrollments in law
school, and other graduate programs are plummeting for the first time in
decades.” The law school at the University of ...

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