May 28, 2008

African Americans Assess Recent Progress

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Just one-in-five African Americans now say things are better for blacks now than they were five years ago — down from 70% who said so in 1969.

A Pew survey finds African Americans less upbeat about the state of black progress now than at any time since 1983; looking backward, just one-in-five blacks say things are better for blacks now than they were five years ago. Back in 1969, fully 70% of blacks said that as a group their situation had improved over the preceding five years. Whites remain more positive in their assessment. While they, too, have grown much less sanguine about black progress, they are nearly twice as likely as blacks (37%) to see black gains in the past five years. Read More