For John, BLUF: Race relations are not getting better, as one might have hoped after nearly four years of the Obama Administration. Nothing to see here; just move along.
Here is the lede:
Racial attitudes have not improved in the four years since the United States elected its first black president, an Associated Press poll finds, as a slight majority of Americans now express prejudice toward blacks whether they recognize those feelings or not.This strikes me as an incomplete survey in that it doesn't talk about the attitudes of minorities, only Caucasians.
Here is a poll by US News and World Report, saying that over the last four years Blacks have come to feel less empowered.
While the economy is Job 1 for a victorious Romney or Obama, working the empowerment of minorities is pretty close as Job 2. Coupled with that should be improving the way various Americans feel about other Americans—other Americans who don't look like them or have the same background and attitudes. You know, how people from Harvard feel about people from some Cow College in Idaho.
Regards — Cliff