Has America Become More Racist Since Obama Went Into Office?

by Kristina Byas

No one ever would have thought that the election of President Obama would lead to America becoming more racist.

When Obama was elected as the 44th president, it was supposed to demonstrate the progress that our country has made with accepting diversity. While there was definitely progress made, racism in America has seemingly increases, leading the country to take several steps back from how far it has come.

In 2012, the Associated Press released the results of a poll that measured the attitudes toward blacks in America. The results were interesting to say the least. In 2008, 48 percent admitted to being prejudice against blacks. Four years later, in 2012, that very same poll showed that the number increased to 51 percent.

It is now 2015, and although there is no new poll available just yet to measure racism in the United Stated, some may question whether or not it has increased well past the 51 percent that was reported in 2012.

With the many slayings of unarmed black men and African Americans, males in particular, being stereotyped in the news, people may take that as clear evidence that incidents of racism are occurring more and more. Between the U.S. having a more racially charged atmosphere than what it has in recent years, the increase in black deaths and the media consistently portraying black men in a negative light, many would assume racism has and will continue to increase as the years go by.

President Obama’s win was met with both pride and backlash from the American people. What some have viewed as a step forward, others have viewed as a step backward. There is no denying that progress was made, but what is to be done when there are obviously people who disagree and want nothing more than to show their dislike for Obama and other minorities in America?

If there were a poll taken today, what do you think the results would be?