Black Americans Have Clear Vision for Combatting Racism but Little Hope of It Actually Happening

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FILE - In this June 3, 2020, file photo, demonstrators gather at a rally to protest and demand an end to institutional racism and police brutality, in Portland, Maine. In a nation founded on whiteness, experts share perspective on whether it can be discussed. If white people want the future to be different, said Rev. Susan Chorley, a Boston area pastor, they have to be willing to look at the past and the present. "I think it's on us," she said. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)
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A new report by Pew Research says Black Americans have a clear vision for reducing racism but little hope that it will happen. After George Floyd’s murder, half of African Americans expected policy changes to address racial inequality. But by 2021, 65% said they did not see improvements in their lives and did not expect to.

The vision for how to achieve change includes support for significant reforms to or complete overhauls of several U.S. institutions to ensure fair treatment, particularly the criminal justice system, political engagement (primarily in the form of voting), support for Black businesses to advance Black communities, and reparations in the form of educational, business, and home ownership assistance. “Buying Black” was also viewed as an important strategy for the advancement of Black communities.

To view the full report, go to pewresearch.org.


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