As a Major U.S. Problem, Race Relations Sharply Rises

Justin McCarthy, Gallup, December 19, 2014

The percentage of Americans naming “race relations” or “racism” as the most important problem in the U.S. has climbed dramatically to 13%, the highest figure Gallup has recorded since a finding of 15% in 1992, in the midst of the Rodney King verdict. In November, race relations/racism was cited by 1% of the public as the most important problem.

Since 1992, the percentage of Americans saying race relations/racism is America’s biggest problem has ranged from 0% to 5%. The jump to 13% this month comes on the heels of national protests of police treatment of blacks in the wake of incidents in Ferguson, Missouri, and Staten Island, New York, among others.

Concurrently, Gallup has found recent drops in nonwhites’ confidence in police to protect them as well as nonwhites’ ratings of the honesty and ethical standards of police officers.

Nonwhites (22%) are more than twice as likely as whites (9%) to view racial issues as the nation’s largest problem.

Prior to this month and the spring of 1992, the last time race relations was a significant top-of-mind issue for Americans was in the 1950s and 1960s, when race was front and center of national policy discussions on civil rights. In 1963, more than half of Americans (52%) said race relations was the country’s biggest problem.


After barely registering with Americans as the top problem for two decades, race relations now matches the economy in Americans’ mentions of the country’s top problem, and is just slightly behind government (15%). Eight percent of Americans now identify unemployment as the nation’s greatest problem, down slightly from November.


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  • Concurrently, Gallup has found recent drops in nonwhites’ confidence in police to protect them as well as nonwhites’ ratings of the honesty and ethical standards of police officers.

    If anything, white people are the people who should be thinking this.

    • Who Me?

      If your wife or daughter gets raped, do you really want two non-white, male officers to be the first ones dispatched to the scene to question and “help” her?
      Remember reality isn’t like Law & Order SVU”

      • John Smith

        In many cases, they’re the rapists.

        • Cid Campeador

          In SVU the Whites are always the rapists; even when the episodes are supposedly based on real cases ; despite the fact that the race of the perpetrator is the key to the crime.

          • John Smith

            Liberal propaganda and disinformation at its finest.

  • Easyrhino

    When you have the two biggest racists in US politics (Obama and Holder) constantly pitching their false reality of White racism holding down blacks is it any surprise racism is growing?

  • MekongDelta69

    The common default meaning of the word ‘racism‘ means White (so-called) ‘racism.’

    The common default meaning should be black racism.

  • DaveMed

    The more “diverse” the country gets, the deeper the cracks spread.

    Nothing that should surprise anyone still in possession of his or her sanity.

    • connorhus

      I think it is also the end game of debt and the shrinking pie. Sure the various members of the Multi-Cult are still getting the pay offs but those pay offs are not rising as fast as the shrinking dollar value is bringing it down. Belt tightening is actually happening ever so slowly. Welfare checks don’t go as far, gimmedat easy loans are slowly disappearing etc. etc.

      The divide has always been there. What’s missing is the wealth, ability and frankly willingness of the Whites who have been fleeced to pay up anymore. There simply isn’t enough to go around like there was.

      We are nearing the end now I think and a reckoning in the real world is brewing. Get ready.

    • Jonathan Yardley in the Washington Post, 1997, writing about transforming Loudoun County, Virginia:

      “One essential aspect of this place that Holland for some reason scarcely touches upon is its homogeneity. This, as much as shared history and isolation and good old human decency, explains why crime is so low, why people get along so well together, why disagreements can be settled civilly rather than violently. As the familiar example of the Scandinavian countries makes clear, when everyone is more or less alike tension goes down and contentment goes up. This being the case, it should be acknowledged that in an important sense the alien other now bearing down on the county is simply the real world, America in all its heterogeneity; with its arrival, Loudoun County will have to face up to realities the rest of us have been living with for a long time.”

  • SentryattheGate

    I believe that blacks thought they would magically be equal to whites in every aspect, after the Civil Rights era; that they would then have better grades, better jobs, better incomes and therefore better homes and cars WITHOUT having to do all the work to earn these things, SO it must be racism they believe!

    • connorhus

      Well said. Despite the fact that I lean more to it being a direct cause of the payoffs shrinking your insight explains how they justify their anger pretty well. They have been told they are equal for so long, they believe it and so any failure must be racism means they feel justified in all they demand and do. It’s a catalyst no doubt about it.

    • dd121

      You’re right, blacks can’t be educated or civilized. The best we can do is put a lid on their violence and try to control some of their bad behavior. The left has tried relentlessly to break down this enforcement effort. If they succeed we’re all in considerable danger.

      • Tom_in_Miami

        “If they succeed we’re all in considerable danger.”

        We’re already in considerable danger. It’s just the luck of the draw that determines who gets the knockout punch, stray bullet, intentional bullet, mugging, and all the other things associated with diversity. Our women are in constant danger of being pulled from their cars. We are getting very close to the tipping point when roving packs of orcs start openly attacking us in our gated communities. I just wonder when we start fighting back.

        • dd121

          If they come to my neighborhood and start spraying bullets you may be assured that I’ll accurately return fire.
          My main advice about negroes, is avoid them and where they hang out to prevent random encounters.

          • Bill Moore

            Hello dd121,

            Holding back and avoiding the Africans works for now, but eventually we will have to take the initiative.

            Bill Moore

          • dd121

            Yes, and I’m afraid we’ll have a national government that will be hostile to whites defending themselves.

        • ElComadreja

          Look to South Africa to see the logical conclusion of current trends.

      • robbie jay

        Margaret Sanger should be eulogized. She knew they would never assimilate.

    • ElComadreja

      They are incapable of being equal. We were all better off when they understood and accepted it.

    • robbie jay

      It’s always about muh dick, gnomesayin?

  • dd121

    The left has steadily turned up the volume on blaming whites for all the dysfunction of blacks in the past few years. There’s bound to be a reaction.

    • SentryattheGate

      I assume you are aware of anti-racist education, which blames whites for any lack of success of nonwhites. It’s whole white privilege theory foments even more racial animosity! The blame game!

      • dd121

        That’s what racism is all about…blaming white people for their failures. The leftists fan those flames and their hatred toward us builds.

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    This is hilarious, seeing that Obama as the nation’s “first Black president” was supposed to “bring the races together” and “end racial divisiveness forever.” Do you think the rank and file of Whites will learn any lessons from this?

  • Da Troof

    Things are heating up. The comments section of virtually every race related article on every major news site sounds like a Klan meeting.

  • libertarian1234

    Obama said that race relations are better than they have ever been since he’s been in office.

    He also said he thinks the Dems made a mistake by not running on his record.

    He also said the economy is better than ever.

    This is what I mean when I say that blacks are the most arrogant people ever. He’s typical of the average black. He’s not only blind to his short comings, but he’s delusional about his accomplishments.

    But didn’t we hear statements just as ignorant when he said blacks are unfairly disciplined more in school than other groups and that blacks are given unfair sentences in the justice systems, because of racism?

  • eldoradocreekskipper

    Race relations are the worst they have ever been. Thanks teachers. Your racial indoctrination program has born the inevitable fruit, murder and mayhem. Thanks for making radical indoctrination the number one goal of “education.”

  • eldoradocreekskipper

    Public school curriculum:
    -Social Studies, History: Anti-white, anti-western, anti-male,pro-globalist, anti-anti-communist
    -Science: Anthropogenic Global Warming harping,anti-resource, anti-human population
    -English: ethnic harping lit., anti-white and white guilt studies, collectivism, wealth tallying
    -Civics: 2nd ammendment means standing army, 1st ammendment not for white Christians
    -Underlying themes: authoritarianism, pro-socialist, pro-communist, crush individuality, crush whites, crush males, crush constitution, crush western civilization, crush free-market capitalism, pro-corporation

    • eldoradocreekskipper

      anti-straight pro-gay, anti-human population, pro-witch-hunt/inquisition+public humiliation for all who reject their evil

    • Mary

      This sums it up pretty well. Add virtually no Whites depicted in course materials, unless they have a need for a villain.For just one feeble example, I am yet to see any White characters illustrated in my first grade son’s reader. One could conclude from this that the entire country is populated by blacks and Latinos, with the occasional Asian.

      • robbie jay

        What happened to Dick, Jane and Spot?

    • Hy Alldredge

      I’m glad I teach music. Don’t think I could stomach any other subject. My parents sent me to a private school and we learned real science and history and read almost exclusively European and white American literature. One exception was in 11th grade we got a new teacher fresh from college and he made us read black/female grievance lit. We even read the great Heart of Darkness through the lens of European racism. I remember thinking “what is this crap?” all year.

      • robbie jay

        Do you teach Hip-Hop? There is a school in Chicago with a course on this oogum-boogum. And your tax dollars support students earning a “degree” in spook history.

        • Hy Alldredge

          No, no hip-hop. I teach music

  • drattastic

    Whats important in this country is whatever the media narrative is at any given moment and we quickly forget everything else until they drag the caucus back out for display.

  • Yves Vannes

    Race relations have always been a problem. The black on non black crime rate has been nearly a constant since the 70s. I have not seen the break down of these numbers – but I hope that it is non blacks that are beginning to get a clue about black behavior. Maybe I am overly optimistic.

  • John Smith

    Yet Barry claims it’s gotten better under his regime….

  • WR_the_realist

    So long as the left controls our politics, mass media, and education system, race relations will get worse and worse. What other outcome could there be for a policy of hating whitey?

  • Alucard_the_last

    This is 100% in the hands of self-loathing whites and, of course, negroes. The white humans have been bending over backwards for the negro and all we got in return was a growing demonic race that cashes in on our tolerance.

  • ElComadreja

    Personally I’d like to see race relations return to where they were in the 1700’s.

    • Cid Campeador

      I’d like to see the race relations go back to where they were before the first African hit these shores. In other words there WERE no “relations”.
      Does anyone really have an opinion as to how all of this is going to be resolved.

  • IKUredux

    The truth of the matter is this: It would appear, for whatever reason, that homogeneity is most important for Whites. The history of the world’s migration patterns in latter years indicate that Asians, Africans, Arabs, are more than happy to settle in the lands of others. Whites for the most part? Not so much. Hmmm, why oh why could that be?

    Well, I’ll tell you! Whites for the most part are not interested in any other culture to live in. Nope. Whites evince interest in other cultures to STUDY them, to UNDERSTAND them, to, quite frankly, figure out what can be learned to further science, and, thus

    Since colonization by Whites ended in the sixties, there has been NO outward migration of Whites to ANY country, other than another White one. Bottom line: Whites do not want, nor do they need to, migrate to a country that is inhabited by non Whites.

    So, what the hell is the matter with the rest of the world? Please, we are all equal. Go be equal in the country where everyone looks like you. Where everyone shares the same culture, religion, music, food, concepts of justice, language, and humor.

    We are all equal. So, rest of the world: START FING ACT LIKE IT AND STAY HOME!!!!!

  • Ashlar

    Same with sexist being basically defined these days as a “any male who does not willingly throw other males under the bus and tell women what they want to hear and nothing else.”

    Gender and race fake equality, with any notice of the truth being silenced with the censor label “hate speech,” are how the forces of evil have tricked our nation into cannibalizing itself.

  • robbie jay

    Did anybody see the vid of the sow with 13 sprogs? She was kicked out of her apartment and cried about who would feed her babies. She be owed gnome sayin?

  • robbie jay

    I have to read chimpout to find out about “what’s real”. I wonder how many folks know about all mall violence that’s occurring?

  • robbie jay

    The white on black rape statistics are a joke. I think there were two occurrences last year.