Their voices are just a few in a country of more than 322 million people. But they are far from alone.In a new nationwide poll conducted by CNN and the Kaiser Family Foundation, roughly half of Americans -- 49% -- say racism is "a big problem" in society today.
The figure marks a significant shift from four years ago, when over a quarter described racism that way. The percentage is also higher now than it was two decades ago. In 1995, on the heels of the O.J. Simpson trial and just a few years after the Rodney King case surged into the spotlight, 41% of Americans described racism as "a big problem."Is racism on the rise in the United States? Has our awareness changed? Or is it a problem that's been blown out of proportion?
PressTV-‘US racial issues getting worse’
The issue of race in the United States will escalate, unless Washington decides to bring about “some real, fundamental changes” for the country's African-American population, says a journalist from Detroit.
In a phone interview with Press TV on Saturday, Abayomi Azikiwe, editor at the Pan-African News Wire, said, “There has been no fundamental change in racial issues in the United States, even though there is [an] African-American president.”
Azikiwe said President Barack Obama “has consistently ignored and denied the other side and that America still is institutionally racist and vastly unprecedented society.”