January 19, 2015

On MLK Day, a look at black and white America

race relations black white views mlkOn a day commemorating what would have been Martin Luther King Jr.’s 86th birthday, blacks and whites in the United States in many ways continue to live starkly different lives. African Americans are less financially secure than whites, less likely to have ever been married, and less likely to own their own homes.

More than six decades after Brown v. Board of Education, more than three-quarters of black public-school students attend majority-minority schools. Yet blacks express a higher degree of satisfaction with current conditions in the U.S. (though that likely reflects partisan differences as much as anything).

Small wonder that blacks and whites often see the world very differently. We’ve gathered some key findings from recent Pew Research Center reports on black-white perception gaps. On this Martin Luther King Day holiday, it makes for sobering reading.

Topics: Economics and Personal Finances, Race and Ethnicity, Discrimination and Prejudice, African Americans

  1. Photo of Drew DeSilver

    is a senior writer at Pew Research Center.


  1. Barack Obama Green Energy Insider 20153 years ago

    The president did it! He ordered several 747-8s today at 4:00 PM. The president said he is making an investment in America and nobody will stop him. He stated the old 747-200B gave him bad luck! He is looking forward to his good luck. The president stated that he believes in KARMA and what he has done will come back to him 20 fold. I look forward to it! I hope his children enjoy their KARMA!

  2. Toby Hill3 years ago

    It would be more informative if the survey data where filtered by income and educational level.

  3. Dick Grayson3 years ago

    Keep Up the Great Work You are Doing. “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.” (Wendell Phillips)

  4. Richard Kauzlarich3 years ago

    How might this look in European countries? May not necessarily be black-white but Muslims – non-Muslims for example.