We must find our way back from this. It’s a moral imperative in order to restore the health of our nation.

Politicians have been dividing Americans in every imaginable way … including by race.

A Gallup poll released yesterday, Wednesday, July 21, 2021 addresses the issue of race relations in America today.

The past two years has seen a precipitous drop of 9 percentage points in overall positive ratings of race relations between Black and White Americans.

Here are the highlights … actually lowlights:

Fifty-seven percent of U.S. adults say relations between Black and white Americans are "somewhat" or "very" bad, according to a new Gallup poll.

Forty-two percent of Americans say relations between the two groups are "very" or "somewhat" good.

Gallup says it marks the second consecutive year adults’ positive rating of relations between Black and white Americans are at their lowest point in 20 years.

There has been a steady decline since September, 2001 when more than 90 percent of all people were United.

By comparison, only 35% said race relations were "very" or "somewhat" bad in 2001. And 63%  said they were "very" or "somewhat" good.

Here are how the results and break down:

  • 33% of Black adults say they have a positive view of race relations, compared to 70% in 2001.
  • 43% of white adults have a positive opinion of race relations, compared to 62% in 2001.
  • 57% of all adults say a solution to the problem of Black-white relations will eventually be worked out, compared to 48% in 2001.
  • 40% of Black adults say a solution to racial discord is possible, compared to 60% of whites.

"As the nation continues to grapple with racial equity, Americans rate the state of Black-White relations more negatively now than at any time in over two decades," Gallup said in its poll report. "Overall, however, they believe there is still hope for an eventual solution.

"However, just one-third of Black Americans now view race relations positively, and the optimism and hope for a solution to racial discord that existed last year have since dissipated."

In 2001, 70 percent of United States adults rated Black - White relations positively.

What has happened?

Some will blame it on several police shootings over the years. That’s not true. It’s how the politicians have purposely exploited these tragic incidents for what they perceived as their own personal political gain.

They used these tragedies to divide the American people and that is reprehensible.

SOURCE: Gallup, the poll, conducted June 1-July 5, 2021 surveyed 1,381 adults. The margin of error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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