Saturday, August 24, 2013

50 Years of a Dream

On the anniversary of the March on Washington, how has the outlook for white and black Americans changed?

From The Wall Street Journal:

The 50th anniversary of the August 1963 March on Washington is a moment to consider how close the U.S. has come to Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of a nation where people are judged not on the color of their skin, but on the content of their character. About six in 10 whites told a recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll that America has achieved the Rev. King's dream. Blacks see it differently, though. Only one in five said the goal has been reached.

Attitudes toward race have changed enormously. "It's not respectable today to be a racist. It was perfectly acceptable in 1963," says Eleanor Holmes Norton, one of the behind-the-scenes organizers of the March and now the District of Columbia's representative in Congress.

By nearly every available economic metric, African-Americans are better off today than earlier generations were.

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