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In Obama Era, Have Race Relations Improved?
By JESSE WASHINGTON AP National Writer July 29, 2012
Ask Americans how race relations have changed under their first black president, and they are ready with answers. Ashley Ray, a white woman, hears more people debating racial issues: “I know a lot of people who really thought we were OK as a nation, a culture, and now they understand that we’re not.”
Karl Douglass, a black man, sees stereotypes easing: “White people deal with me and my family differently.”
Jose Lozano, who is Hispanic by way of Puerto Rico, believes prejudice is emerging from the shadows: “Now the racism is coming out.”
In the afterglow of Barack Obama’s historic victory, most Americans believed that race relations would improve. Nearly four years later, has that dream come true?
Americans have no shortage of thoughtful opinions, but no consensus.