“It appears that in America, even the distance of 150 years, with ample research and information, are not enough for us to agree on matters involving race.”
Americans are divided on race. While both black and white Americans think race relations are getting worse, they don’t agree on the cause. It’s becoming more and more clear that white and black Americans are living vastly different lives. The only other issue where there was a real consensus between races was that the media treats people of color unfairly. A lot of people did say their specific community said that they hadn’t experienced a change locally; but twice as many white Americans described the status quo of policing as a good thing. White Americans are also much more likely to think of the Black Lives Matter movement as “mostly a slogan” and that it distracts from real racial issues. Conservative media has recently claimed Black Lives Matter is a hate group, but hate groups terrorize and kill. Black Lives Matter doesn’t do that, though many equate them to the rioters in Ferguson and Baltimore. Americans still don’t even agree on the cause of the civil war. Whites were split 50/50 on the civil war; half saying it was due to states rights and half saying it was slavery. White Democrats were also slightly more likely to say it was fought over slavery, showing a slight partisan divide. Even after 150 years, Americans are still unable to find a consensus on even the simplest racial issues.