Who guessed it would be the first black president who thought turning the clock back on race relations would be a good idea?
A new poll from Rasmussen indicates the vast majority of Americans do believe race relations have worsened under Obama, which isn’t surprising given how he’s added fuel to the fire in giving legitimacy to racist and anti-police groups like Black Lives Matter.
According to Rasmussen: 60 percent of Likely U.S. Voters think race relations are worse since President Obama’s election nearly eight years ago. That’s an 18-point jump from 42 percent in late 2014 and up from 43 percent when we first asked the question in August 2013. Just nine percent believe race relations are better now, little changed from the previous survey, while 28 percent say they have stayed about the same.
Further, most don’t believe life for the black community has improved under Obama’s presidency either.
As the report continues; Only 13 percent think life for young black Americans has gotten better since Obama’s election in November 2008, while 41 percent believe it’s gotten worse. That compares to 16 percent and 22 percent in March 2014. Thirty-nine percent believe life for young blacks is about the same, down 10 points from the previous survey.
The New York Times conducted a similar survey – and yielded even worse results than Rasmussen. The Times found 69 percent of Americans say race relations are generally bad – which is one of the highest levels since 1992…. during the race riots in Los Angeles during the Rodney King case.
This isn’t because Americans are all a bunch of racists angry that they have a black president. Obama wouldn’t have been reelected if that were the case – and as economist Tom Groseclose noted in his book “Left Turn,” a larger percentage of Americans voted for Obama solely because he’s black than refused to vote for him solely because he’s black. In other words, the prospect of being the first black president on balance helped him on the campaign trail.
So what explains the deterioration of race relations? Maybe the fact that we have a president speaking at a memorial for five officers who were killed in Dallas in a targeted crime against police – and use the platform to demonize police and legitimize the grievances of groups like Black Lives Matter. Ya think?
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]