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How racially divided is the United States today?
April 9th, 2012
03:29 PM ET

How racially divided is the United States today?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

As the national debate over the killing of Trayvon Martin rages on, a new poll suggests that a majority of Americans believe the country is divided by race.

The Newsweek/Daily Beast poll shows that 72% of whites and 89% of blacks say the country is racially divided.

And almost four years after the election of the nation's first black president, majorities of whites and blacks say race relations have either stayed the same or gotten worse.

There continue to be fundamental disagreements about when blacks will achieve racial equality. Whites are much more likely to think blacks have the same chance as they do to get housing and jobs.

As for the killing of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black Florida teen, there are more differences along racial lines. Blacks are more than twice as likely as whites to say Martin's death was racially motivated. African-Americans are convinced that Martin was targeted because he was a young black man, while whites are divided.

Blacks overwhelmingly approve of how President Obama has handled the controversy, while a majority of whites disapprove.

The differences go on and on. It’s a sad statement on race relations in the U.S. in 2012.

Meanwhile, in the latest from Sanford, Florida, the special prosecutor in the Trayvon Martin shooting case has decided not to take the case to a grand jury. She says that she's never used a grand jury in similar cases and that the investigation continues.

The attorney for shooter George Zimmerman calls it a "courageous move."

You can bet this decision will fan the racial flames even further. Already, thousands have joined the Florida protests calling for Zimmerman's arrest.

Here’s my question to you: How racially divided is the United States today?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Dave in Idaho:
Racial tension is the dark side of the land of the free and the home of the brave. The fact that it hasn't torn us apart in 236 years is encouraging; the fact that it won't go away disheartening. How divided are we? Depends on the day I guess.

Lou:
I just don't buy that we're more racially divided now. I think sometimes the media misses the mark on what their viewers are feeling over events. With most of the folks I've talked with, the Trayvon shooting had more to do with the outrage over the out of control gun laws in this country than it ever did about race. A teen died needlessly. Doesn't matter what color he was.

Dee:
Coming from someone from a small southern town where the city cemetery has a fence up that STILL divides the whites from the "coloreds" in the year 2012, I'd say that yes this country is still racially divided, apparently in my hometown even in death. Our country has come a long way, but whether we want to admit it or not, race is still the final frontier that no one really wants to talk about honestly or openly because unfortunately, this is who we are as a nation.

Metalworker in Illinois:
Extremely so. After the 2008 election of an African- American president, the country regressed a hundred years or more. I am 76 and I do not remember such hatred as now.

Barbara in North Carolina:
Well, we have whites, blacks, and rednecks. I'd say pretty divided. It's a shame. Some of the smartest, most civil people I know are black, and some of the dumbest, most uncivilized are white. It's really a shame. (For the record, I'm an old white woman who knows some from each of the above categories - and more).

Bob in Iowa:
The same amount as it was yesterday and the days before that. When did you think it wasn't?

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  1. Eric

    I think the Mass Media has empowered the smallest racist factions to take a small issue and CREATE a recially charged issue. Displaying photos of someone at 12 instead of their current age of 17, selectively picking out details to further inflame and misdirect an issue.
    Essentially, in the end, even a simple disagreement of opinions becomes inflated to seem like a major clash of cultures and race. I see more black on black, and black on asian violence and discrimitation than anything else today.
    Of course, since that doesn't fit into our factions and Mass Media rating hunt we won't ever see any serious time given to those.

    April 9, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  2. Sue Knoxville TN

    America is divided racially because some in media such as MSNBC have racist new anchors Sharpton and O'Donnell who broadcast racial and biggoted shows daily. What happened to unbiased news in America?

    April 9, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
  3. Doug Ericson

    You can't talk about the racial situation in this country without talking about prison. We have created laws that guarantee that a significant segment, of the black and hispanic population, is going to end up in jail. These laws did not fall out of the sky. Martians didn't make them up. White Politicians did. The end result is that we have more political prisoners than any other country on Earth. Many of these prisoners are used as slaves, and sometimes even forced to be on chain gangs. Are we a racist country? Are you kidding me? Doug, Pepperell, MA.

    April 9, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
  4. Metalworker

    Extreamly so. One does not have to look any futher than CNN, FOX NEWS and MSNBC. How many coloreds on your team? The Five at Fox news? All white an MSNBC. I could go on and on but will just remined you of the uproar over one cxolored actress who gave an Academy preformance in THE HUNNGER GAMES.
    After the 08 election with an Afro- Amer. pres. the country regressed a hundred years or more.
    I am seventy six and I do not remember such hatred as now. I don't
    METALWORKER from IL

    April 9, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
  5. Barb Neafcy

    When America elected its first black President in '08, I was so thrilled that we appeared to have moved past that line that could not be crossed. The ensuing backlash however has sent us back about 70 years. Anderson's work with the children reveals that white children learn to think less of anyone with a dark complexion. By middle schools, the blacks kids have also learned to mistrust. Trayvon was a victim of unauthorized persuit by an armed vigilante who is unpunished for the death of the unarmed teen and white men invade a black neighborhood randomly killing its residents, all black. Yet on Facebook I see my peers railing against Trayvon for being a suspicious black "thug". Yes the straight A student and athlete was sure suspicious for walking unarmed. He must have been a thug. Gimme a break. I am proud of who I am but I fell almost remorseful that I am white

    April 9, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
  6. Ken from Pinon Hills, California

    Just go ask those so called Republican conservatives in Congress who ache over the fact the President is not white. That great divide has our country in political stagnation.

    April 9, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
  7. Dee

    Coming from someone from a small southern town where the city cemetery has a fence up that STILL divides the whites from the "coloreds" in the year 2012, I'd say that yes this country is still racially divided, apparently in my hometown even in death. Our country has come a long way, but whether we want to admit it or not, race is still the final frontier that no one really wants to talk about honestly or openly because unfortunately, this is who we are as a nation. For God's sake, on many forms we still are asked to check boxes to identify what race or ethnicity we are, as if simply being an American isn't enough to prove that we are true citizens of our nation.

    April 9, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
  8. Barbara Leavitt

    It isn't as bad as it once was but it's still bad and lately the media seems bent on making it worse. Things could very ugly . They (media) need too really think before the print or speak. A little foresight.
    Henderson Nevada

    April 9, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
  9. Pete in Georgia

    Not quite as divided as Obama would like.
    But wait !! There's still time to distort, deceive, and cover up the truth about life in America regarding race relations.
    They will try to get the job done.....................come what may.

    April 9, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
  10. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    Jack I'm not sure if we are more racially divided today. One thing for sure is the race problem is more exposed today than ever before, due to the Internet and 24-hour news. I do think there is racial profiling going on with our police and stores when it comes to blacks and Hispanics. I think what everyone needs to do is take a big breath and step in the shoes of others and try seeing things from their point of view. I think that would go a long way to solving this problem. A big majority of the people 99%, no matter what color their skin, all they want is to live in peace and be treated equally.

    April 9, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  11. Larry in Houston

    How racially divided is the United States today ?
    Answer : To be perfectly honest – in my Opinion, when I was growing up, we were never racial,
    or had any discrimination or bias towards anyone, I guess it's the way us kids were brought up.
    If you wanted mexican food, you would go to Taco Bell, but even taco bell didn't come into
    existence til the early 70's. The Church we went to was 99.9% white. Martin Luther King was
    the only subject that was discussed about race, and his cause, when we were in school.

    I don't think it's any More or Less divided, Jack. I think it's more "exposed" than ever before, is all.
    Especially when you see it in Your Local News, and then you have the 24 hr news cycle, compared
    to the old "Huntley Brinkley Report" which you heard & seen for 30 minutes, daily. Not to mention,
    that If you happen to miss it, it would be the next day before you would hear and see the News.
    Other than local Radio Stations. Things were very different in those days, compared to the internet age,
    now days.

    April 9, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
  12. Bob D Iowa

    The same amount as it was yesterday and the days before that. So when did you think it wasn't?

    April 9, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
  13. Jenna Roseville CA

    How racially divided is the United States today?

    More so than it should be, The Republicans are acting like it's the 1960's all over again when it comes to race, womens rights to birth control, etc..

    The best thing that we can do it to vote OUT every Republican we can get our hands on and vote IN progressive Democrats and Independents.

    This party of NO and HATE has got to be SILENCED before they tear out country apart.

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    April 9, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
  14. Bill of New Mexico

    True–the US is too racially divided.

    In spite of setbacks, improvement is ongoing.

    And 1.5% of the marriages are black/white.

    The melting pot is not only beginning to work, but it is accelerating.

    In a couple of hundred years, the prejudice will not be black/white, but the shade of brown.

    April 9, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
  15. Jenna Roseville CA

    How racially divided is the United States today?

    More so than it should be, The Republicans are acting like it's the 1960's all over again when it comes to race, womens rights to birth control, etc..

    The best thing that we can do it to vote OUT every Republican we can get our hands on and vote IN progressive Democrats and Independents.

    This party of NO and HATE has got to be SILENCED before they tear our country apart.

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    April 9, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
  16. jk in MN

    It depends on the part of the country and the education level of the group. The Republican party fueled this divide alot with the "Southern Strategy" back i nthe 60's and it's never really left. Done in the name of controlling politics – it's pretty sad.

    April 9, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
  17. Michael

    I am forty years old and I have never seen it worse.

    April 9, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  18. Cliff Glass - Rego Park, New York

    This a country where institutionalized racism was legal less than 50 years ago that without Federal legislation would still be in effect. You asked and answered your own question, Jack.

    April 9, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  19. Phyllis G. Williams

    How racially divided is the United States today?

    "Alienated from the Life of God through .. ignorance..in them" (Ephesians 4: 18)

    G 'RACE -Black writes on White – White writes on Black
    We are all the children of Japheth, Shem, Ham "Ye are all One in Christ Jesus"(Galatians 3: 28).
    All men and women are the Body of Christ (Ephesians 1: 22). God has made of one blood all mankind (Acts 17: 26).
    "Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham" (Galatians 3: 7)
    "if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin" (James 2: 8 & 9)
    We are 1 Body, 1 Spirit, 1 Hope, 1 Lord, 1 Faith, 1 Baptism, 1 God and Father of All, above All, through All, and in us/You All (Ephesians 4: 4-6).
    "there shall be ONE fold, and ONE shepherd" (John 10: 16).
    A person's race is no human being's business as all had to accept whatever was given to us and live with it.
    We had no choice, as the song says: "One Love, One Heart, Let's get together and feel alright" (smile)
    We are like the peanut, all the nuts look alike going to heaven (retaining facial expressions alone)
    and the case whether black, white or yellow, male or female, goes back to the worms in the earth from whence we came
    "dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return (Genesis 3: 19) ( 1st Corinthians 15: 44).
    ******

    April 9, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
  20. Connie from Logansport,IN.

    Jack, I am an old white women, but I know this country was founded by old white men , ran by old white men , owned by old white men and that is one of Obama's problem he is not white enough. Thank God Jesus was brown , or he would have hate us all for our treatment of others.

    April 9, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
  21. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Hi Jack, we were very divided over 150 years ago but today we are even more divided due to race. We are the most diverse country in the world but the haves want no change and the have nots need help. This issue will continue forever due to the significant differences in our cultures so we might as well accept it and do the best we can.

    April 9, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  22. Karl in Flint, MI

    We are now very divided. It's not just a white and black thing, it's a white and any minority thing. Back when our leaders in Washington and state houses were civilized and respected each other and compromised and got things done, racism existed but in the background. Now after massive tax cuts without cuts in spending and add in 2 unfunded 10 year wars, we are in a hole and the white elites look at every minority in a different light. The gridlock in all government has spawned hatred from the top down. Mexicans that used to work cheap and do menial tasks are now stealing American jobs. Every minority is now on every entitlement program and robbing the white folks blind with food stamps and welfare. States are passing their own immigration laws and restrictions on voting. All aimed at the minorities. To get these laws passed they have had to get the white masses riled up with hate filled rhetoric and making innuendos about our black president are now obvious to even the blindest rational person. Until the supposed leaders in this country get a different attitude, it isn't going to get any batter.

    April 9, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  23. Brad, Portland, OR

    Judging by the Tea Party and the Republican party... very.

    The Tea Party formed shortly after Obama took office because there were large groups of people who couldn't believe that a black man was elected President. And if he was, there had to be something un-American about him. Like he was born in another country, or was a "secret Muslim."

    And, sadly, polls show that a majority of Republicans still believe those things, despite their being disproven over and over again.

    April 9, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
  24. susan

    That answer depends on the particular clientele we're talking about. My guess is that racial bigotry, and bigotry in general, highly correlates to the level of education one is able to get.

    Until we as a species learn to tolerate those who differ from ourselves, the world will stay as it is... ignorant, belligerent, doomed. Unfortunately, tolerance and respect are rare commodities in the 21st century.

    Susan
    Mansfield, Ohio

    April 9, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
  25. bob z. from pa.

    it has become worse since obama has been in office most people will treat others as they are treated

    April 9, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
  26. tom Bulger, Canandaigua, NY

    The divide isn't racial it is political. When Americans demand Justice the demand comes from all colors, sexes, sub-cultures. Look at the marches demanding Justice for Trayvon Martin. Justice isn't an African /American sine qua non, it is an American sine qua non.

    April 9, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
  27. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    Well, I'm not seeing many white robes and hoods yet, but I think they might be coming back into style pretty soon.

    April 9, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
  28. Elizabeth From Toronto

    No change. The personalities of most Americans and a long history into the 20th century of mostly all white members of Congress makes it so. In the Caribbean where there is a longer history of slavery most of the leaders who have the political power and at least some economic power are black or of mixed race. Racism does exist in the Caribbean but social class trumps it. The only way things will change is if more black & other ethnic groups are voted into to congress and since there are more white people in the US than any other race or ethnic group folks have to live with the problem! This is just how things are, the person with the most gets the most and does the most! Human Rights People be damn.

    April 9, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  29. Kim , Dodge City, Ks

    It is as divided as people want it to be. Granted, the Florida "stand your ground" law has paved the way for old west style shoot-outs in the streets where anyone can shoot first and claim self defense afterward. The Martin case is a racially charged by-product of that law. But racial tension in this country has always been based on fear, ignorance, and prejudice, and is hightened in times of economic depression like we are witnessing today. When you are living close to the edge, it doesn't take much to push you over that edge.

    April 9, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  30. lou

    I just don't buy that we're more racially divided now. I think sometimes the media misses the mark on what their viewers are feeling over events. With most of the folks I've talked with, the Trayvon shooting had more to do with the outrage over the out of control guy laws in this country than it ever did about race. A teen died needlessly. Doesn't matter what color he was.

    April 9, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
  31. Greg in Arkansas

    I am white, was born and raised in the North during the 50's and 60's and have lived in the South for the past 7 years and I can say that the situation here is frightful.
    Lately, (and by lately, I mean since Obama was elected President) racial issues have gone from subtle thoughts and soft whispers to angry comments and hateful rhetoric. I see people proudly displaying the KKK flag and pre-judging EVERYONE that disagree with them whether they are black, Muslim, Mexican or immigrants.....
    As a 62 year old "liberal, Marine Corps Viet Nam & Afghanistan veteran" I hope someone has the answer to unite this Country before we repeat the racial storms of the 60's.

    April 9, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
  32. Phil, georgia

    Its not as bad as the Right would want it to be; We are alot better than what it was; But we still got alot to go.... Of course as long as their are humans their will be Racism because there will be ignorant people. But our job is to 100% try to root it out of our society and cases like the Travon Martin gives us the opportunity to examine and learn where we went wrong and can improve. Sweeping it under the carpet and acting like nothing happened like the Right wants does nothing but infuriates people and leaves the problem for another day. Its sad that people like Hannity, when it comes to race, Rush to take the opposite side of blacks--you can go over the last 10 racial cases of blacks and they immediately call it the black card or dismiss it as blacks blowing things up. Anything to rally their racist base. Good humans cannot let these people win, we must see the goodness of humanity prevail.

    April 9, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
  33. Richard Texas

    For every one step forward we take in America to promote diversity and racial equality we seem to take two steps backwards. It does not mater how hard we try as individuals to over come racial division. There will always be others who refuse to come around. It is not just about black and white. People find prejudice in all nationalities, races and sexes. No two people are created equal. We are all very different and that is the only thing we actually have in common.

    April 9, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
  34. Dave - Idaho

    Racial tension is the dark flip-side of the land of the free and the home of the brave. It's always the elephant in the room, often the lead on the nightly news. The fact that it hasn't torn us apart in two-hundred and thirty-six years is encouraging, the fact that it won't go away disheatening. How divided are we? Depends on the day I guess.

    April 9, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
  35. Mark in BC NV

    Gee, as long as you want to identify yourselves as "African-Americans" instead of Americans. Any hyphenated American is a second class citizen.

    April 9, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
  36. Mark in BC NV

    Racially divided? We have a President who himself is a racist, how can that be? His Attorney General is a racist. Do your homework, connect the dots, and quit listening to the main-stream-media and you'll be better off.

    April 9, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
  37. Noel Sivertson, Roswell, New Mexico.

    IPretty much as it always has been. t's been just under the radar since the civil rights movement. It appears that it is now almost safe to surface again. It's going to take another generation or two and the decline of the white power structure for racially equality to grab a real foot hold.

    April 9, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
  38. Pete in Florida

    I'm a 67 year old white guy who has lived in the South (FL, GA, and MS) since 1978, and am still shocked and saddened by the racist attitudes of a majority of my white friends, some family, and even some of my church members. They all SAY they're not racists, and maybe some even believe it, but whenever there's no blacks around, the racial slurs and jokes quickly come out. Sad to say, a LOT of the South is still locked in the past, still fighting the Civil War, still hate Yankees, still think women are 2nd class citizens and blacks are much lower that that, and still think ignorance, pride and arrogance are virtues. And many of our politicians are just as bad.....or worse.

    April 9, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
  39. Julie from Illinois

    Not as bad as it used to be but worse than it should be.

    April 9, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
  40. Bob Melbourne, FL

    The country is so divided along class lines it’s freighting. Our President has done more to divide this nation than anyone ever thought possible, pitting the so called 99% against the 1% and the rich aren’t paying their fare share. Where he can’t divide along class line he plays the race card. He ran on being a uniter and from day one he has demonized anyone who would dare question his policies. It’s like he’s taking his cues straight from Sol Alinsky and Adolph Hitler. He blames everyone else for the mess we’re in but take credit where none is due (i.e. drilling more now than at any time in the last 8 years) that way was paved under the Bush Admin..

    April 9, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
  41. Gary in San Jose, California

    I think it depends where you live. We have little racial divide here in the Bay Area because our population is so diverse. The racial divide seems to more prevalent in areas where one race is dominant. It's hard to have issues with race if you are exposed to many every day.

    April 9, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
  42. Dan in Albuquerque

    Jack, I was born in the South in 1939. Blacks rode in the back of the bus, had separate restrooms, some restaurants served them through a takeout window, but I don't remember any violence against them where I lived. . I then moved to the North for 5 years as a pre-teen and experienced moderately integrated schools and saw my first interracial couple. I also saw and heard racial slurs there, but somewhat less. When I returned to the South, I saw the change taking place, slowly but surely. Today, the South and the country are far more tolerant, and the impression that everyone in the South is a redneck is far from being true. But, they are concentrated in a few states.

    April 9, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
  43. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    Gun sales and hate groups have increased exponentially since Obama became president, due in no small part to fear stoked by right-wing gas bags day after day. With a whole "news" network connecting our president in a negative light to every racial incident, it's clear that our country is more racially divided now than before we elected our first Black president.

    April 9, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  44. Jeff In Minnesota

    I keep thinking that we've moved beyond this and then something like the Treyvon Martin killing occur and I have to come back and rethink things. It is a shame in this day and age that we still cling to such things, but we also need to remember that they will never entirely go away. There will always be people that think they are better than others and treat others in that manner. We just have to make sure that those behaviors are not allowed to be acceptable.

    April 9, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  45. Gary H. Boyd

    The divisions are not as great as the headlines would have us believe Jack. It's more pronounced among low income groups on both sides of the color line. A lot of bitterness and resentment for sure. But the better educated and affluent members of American society, regardless of color, don't have those same attitudes. I suggest the media plays a big role in portraying an increasingly negative situation.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    April 9, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  46. Karl in Flint, MI

    Yeah, Jack, blacks think the Trayvon Martin murder was racially motivated. The white are divided between Klan members and non-Klan member.

    April 9, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  47. Gigi Oregon

    Racism is in the heart of some people and stronger in some parts of the country than others. It is better in the south than fifty years ago but it is still there. Unless we as a nation speak up and ask media to stop addressing racism. It will take longer to disappear. We live in Oregon and have a large university in our area and have many cultures of people living among us. As each generation comes along race and cultural differences become more integrated with acceptance. All media is doing is fanning the fire of divide with it's 24 our coverage and nothing new going on these cases. In my opinion, the Law in Florida was dangerous and foolish. That should be the only debate.

    April 9, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  48. Michael Bindner, Alexandria VA

    It is more culturally and economically divided than racially divided, even within races, although African Americans show more racial solidarity than Anglos, while the Latino community is all over the place, depending on national origin. Sadly, there is a group of loudly intolerant Anglos that make the rest of us look bad.

    April 9, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
  49. Ram Riva

    How racially divide is the US today??....are you kidding, today??....the USA has been racially divided for decades....as a token just look at the way the GOP / Tea party has been treating the President.....how high of a precentage?, it all depends on the region you're in....even in California the most liberal and progressive state has distinctive racism marks all over...

    April 9, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  50. Rick

    There certainly is lingering racial inequality and racism. It's much better than it was, but we still have a long way to go. The south is probably still the worst region of the country as far as racism goes.

    April 9, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  51. franklovesfl

    Ask the family of two Brits, James Cooper, 25, and James Kouzaris, 24, murdered because they committed the crime of WWIDH (White Wandering in Da Hood).

    April 9, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  52. Fran Gentle

    People, we are all equal in the eyes of God......
    Peace within is Peace for all.

    April 9, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  53. Gerald from Tampa

    Racial harmony has been on the decline every since this president has pushed through his controversial health care law as well his repeated attack on those who are the wealthiest, which we call out top 1 %. Fanning the flames of racial annomosity is what this president and his party have been all about from the beginning.

    April 9, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  54. Cy Gardner

    There's America and there is Fox Nation. The Foxwatchers are older and very predominately white (Nielsen ratings) and they are generally poorly educated (Pew Charitable Trust and 6 other surveys). They appear to watch Fox because the Fox talking points indicate that they at least pretend to hate the same people their audience hates. They foster fear and loathing and promote the feeling that everyone who doesn't agree with the dumbest people in America must be a terrorist, socialist monster. Young people don't watch Fox and they largely don't appear to share old white people's prejudices. When the Fox audience dies out, America will be less racially divided and the world will be a better place. cy from arlington, va

    April 9, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  55. Steven

    Race relations has gotten much worse since President Obama was elected........

    April 9, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  56. ParadigmSlayer

    Obama will always be remembered as the President who fanned the flames of race division and class warfare in order to get elected and then try to keep his job. He has singlehandedly set the U.S. back by 30 years.

    April 9, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  57. Joe Fattal

    When you have a man that becomes a woman and end up on Miss USA pageant I become color blind.

    April 9, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  58. Paul - North Carolina

    There was a point in time when I actually believed we were becoming a post-racial society. Oh, there are always going to be a certain percentage of racists and bigots but it seemed they were diminishing. Then, as our country began its disastrous move to the right, the situation reversed itself. The farther to the right we moved the more racial divisions emerged. What a coincidence! The situation was exascerbated with Obama's election. People who had formerly been passive racists were suddenly energized to demonize him and the entire black community as the source of all our nation's ills. This intolerance soon spread to include hispanics, muslims, jews and anyone else who isn't a white evangelical Christian. You know, "real Americans". So the answer to your question is that the United States is more racially divided than at any other time in our history.

    April 9, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  59. chris

    we are not as divided as we think we are the stand your ground law does not apply to this case zimmerman point and blank killed the young boy ands walks away from it basically that is wrong just plain wrong

    April 9, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  60. tinwatchman

    /* Blacks overwhelmingly approve of how President Obama has handled the controversy, while a majority of whites disapprove. */

    Seriously? Why?

    And yes, of course we're still divided along racial and ethnic lines. We always have been, and those divisions aren't going to just go away magically because we elected a black man to the Presidency. And that's okay. We make progress on these things step by step, almost person by person... Despite the horror stories in Sanford and Tulsa right now, I have to hope we're still heading in the right direction.

    April 9, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  61. Rebecca from Georgia

    Its not as simple as white and black anymore. This country has long had a history of being intolerant to other cultures. I am most appalled at the concentration camps that the US had. Children are taught about concentration camps but the most they are mentioned being used is during the Holocaust but the fact that we placed our own citizens in them just because they looked different is a major crime in my book. I think this country needs to chill out and truly think about accepting some new cultures into their lives. If we don't, we'll always be divided no matter how unified the government says we are.

    April 9, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  62. bill in florida

    just ask the trouble makers in sanford, it is only racist on one side ask them

    April 9, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  63. Jim from Albany NY

    Very divided, and it is owed all to our President. the only time he chimes in is when it against a black man – and before he has any evidence. Where was he when balck kids lit a white boy on fire, not once but two different occassions. Silence from the White House and "liberal leaders" like Jackson and Sharpton. You wonder why the country acts like it does – it takes it direction fROm the "LEADERS"

    April 9, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  64. John in Kansas

    The news is a product just like any thing else. What sells better? Another black-white murder or boring economic stats?

    April 9, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  65. Irish Seanachie from Maine

    We are divided by Race and wealth, weight, education, geography, politics, religion etc.... the question should be; Can Americans find common ground? It doesn't look promising.

    April 9, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  66. OneHumanity4All

    Jack the divisions are embeded and as much as you hear of no more and no thats not the issue or down play. Lets face the reality and for one more time lets learn how to live ethically with these divisions without hurting each other.

    April 9, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  67. Sterling

    One factor in the racial divide now is the fact that we have a black president. Too many in the south can not handle that. Their hatred for him is not as a democrat, but as a black person.
    All races have people that are problems. To blame the "media" is just ignoring the fact that many whites hate having a black president and take that hatred out on any black.
    Any guess on what the spin would be if Trevon Martin had been white and Zimmerman black?
    The entire Martin-Zimmerman incident would not be in the news today if Zimmerman had heeded the request of the 911 dispatcher and NOT FOLLOWED Martin!

    April 9, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  68. Qwerty1

    How racially divided is the US?

    You could ask the New Black Panther Party about their 10 grand bounty on George Zimmerman.

    Or the armed neo-nazi's patrolling Sanford streets with the goal of protecting "white citizens"

    April 9, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  69. Thom Richer

    Thanks to the CHRISTIAN Right that God is only on their side and owning politicians, a government propaganda machine against Muslims and for wars based on greed and hatred, instilling for ten years into the minds of young America that war is a needed and common commodity, and a growing lack of humanity in America towards the poor, the needy, the unemployed, the uneducated, the uninsured and a lack of respect for difference, I believe it is more widespread than ever. We are frightened of Blacks, believe Mexicans are only good for cheap labor, (thanks to the Bush family) Muslims are all terrorists, the unemployed and poor are all lazy, blaming China for our economic downfall when they are only doing to us what Congress allows them to do, and a Congress that promotes division both politically and economically it is no wonder we are becoming more and more divide racially.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    April 9, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  70. Ray in Knoxville

    Jack, there is a big racial divide in this country, as there always has been. It may not be as open as once before, it may not be a big a divide as once before, but it is there. Just look at the hate and fear that such a simple thing as the election of a black man as president of the United States brought out into the open.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  71. blue man

    this country is very racialy divided i see it everyday at work with the black people and the rest they always want something for nothing they just need to get up and quit crying over every little thing that happens just get over it

    April 9, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  72. Mike H

    The United States is making no progress on its racist problem. White supremacist republicans are busy at the state level taking voting rights away, while ensuring that white racists have the right to shoot blacks on sight. Meanwhile millions of young black males are in prison or on parole unemployed, unable to vote or legally defend themselves from racist whites.

    Mike Hilson
    Hamilton, ON

    April 9, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  73. Jim Charlotte NC

    When was the United States not racially divided. What country in the world does not discrimate against minorities in their country. Yes, there are people who are open minded but the vast majority of humans cling to their own and at best tolerate those who are different. it has been that way since time began and it will never cease as long as there are people who look or think differently.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  74. Dale,, Ia.

    United WE stand,,divided WE fall,

    April 9, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  75. Nancy, Tennessee

    People are frustrated with the economy and for some reason it starts conversations about who gets the advantage or disadvantage because of their race. The economy helps to divide this nation not only along racial lines but also along wealth and status lines Trayon Martin's death was a tragedy. It did not start the debate over racial equality.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  76. Anne

    The country will never move forward on race as long as the African American community cries "Racist" every single time something happens to their race that is not positive. Every time something happens, they cry "Racist" and frankly, the rest of the U.S. is tired of hearing it. When a minority receives a job or is considered for advanced college enrollment over a caucasian, they do not cry "Racist." We are sick of hearing it. If this country was based on your race, would we have an African American sitting in the White House at this time? Absolutely not.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  77. Ivan - New York City / Ner Jersey

    Thanks to political correctness... it is more racist than ever.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  78. AgentG

    Jack,
    With all due respect, the question we should be asking is: How racially integrated is the USA?

    This leads us to a more inclusive collaboration as a nation. The answer is that we are more racially integrated than ever before, with all signs pointing towards acceleration of racial intermixing. Those are great things to celebrate about our country.

    Thank you for promoting this discussion.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  79. Allen

    I think there is over all less racial divide today. Most people do not spend alot of time worrying about this. The people I know don't have issues with race or ethnicity, they have a very diverse group of friends. I think we would all be better off if progressives were pushed out of government. These groups of people live off of "bad" race relations and look to divide people instead of uniting them.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  80. Petro Jones

    Obama has divided this country badly! The 60s and the civil war do not compare to the division not only in color but class and political affiliation that we have now. Nice going Barry!

    April 9, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  81. Brenna in St Louis, MO

    I was raised in Southern California, and am shocked by the amount of racism I have seen since moving to the Midwest. Just last weekend I balked at a man using a racial slur, and he turned to me and said, "What are ya? A n-– lover?" I looked at him and said, "Yeah, I am." He didn't say much after that. Occurences like this make me sad. I thought people were smarter than this...

    April 9, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  82. David

    We are as divided as outlets like CNN have made us by blatantly lying to the American public. In CNN's case it was the racial epithet that NEVER happened. ABC and NBC were even more egregious. What do you expect, then??? You lie to us and stir up all this racial animosity to the point that most people don't even care about the facts all they want is a lynching of Zimmerman regardless of the truth. It is disgusting, but YOU did this!!

    April 9, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  83. 1olddude from San Diego

    The racial divide in this country is just as wide as it was when I was growing up in the 40's and 50's. I lived through the turmoil of the 60's and I can see it all coming full circle, despite all the laws, and so called "outreach" programs since. Unless and until people quit "all the "knee jerk" reactions to any slight, either real or perceived, we are headed down a very bad road.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  84. Frank R Andrews

    I keep hearing and reading that President Obama is the first Black President. To be factual, President Obama is of Black and White extraction which makes him a Bi-Racial President. Now to the subject of America being racially divided -– Yes, there is a divide but not what it used to be. Prejudism is a fact of humanity and it will always be so, but; It will improve to the point of a more harmonious existance of the races.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  85. JC

    There will never be racial harmony. For some reason, white folks seem to think that the US is THEIR country and THEY are the only ones entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  86. gg canada

    yes and the republicans work very hard at keeping it that way

    April 9, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  87. Jess from West Virginia

    The fact that we are having this conversation shows America is still racially divided. If both the defendant and the victim were of the same color/race, i would doubt this issue would have made national headlines. I also believe that since it is an Election year, the controversy of this trial will be on the minds of those voting...with diversity there will always be differences. It is a reflection of America's history, events like these deteriorates progress as far as race relations, it may never change.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  88. Tom

    Surely there are racial issues in the United States, but it is the news media and its characters who turn this into a dangerous circus. News media is trying to be the Greatest Show on Earth with a cast of acts like Al Sharpton, Jesse, Jackson, the new Black Panthers, and others who race to be first on camera filling in between the long, long pauses when the news media has no facts to state, but must fill the 24/7 demands.

    CNN and other media are all guilty of turning journalism into tent pole stories to excite and increase ratings. It is one of the reasons I have really toned down watching the news. It isn't news It is media run wild 24/7.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  89. the_dude

    People tend to be more racist thanks to political correctness and major media outlets like CNN and MSNBC fanning the flames.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  90. Cornelius Daniel

    Racial division within the US is a systemic issue, that can only change if the morality of the country changes. Many African-Americans believe that since the elections of the nation's first African-American President would decreased racisms, I beg to differ. The current tragedies in the news media reveal the evidence as one looks at the Trayvon Martin case, as well as, the Tulsa shootings that targeted African-Americans individuals.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  91. Richard Texas

    Jack. In my home town in McKinney, Texas in the basement of the old courthouse on the square where people go to vote and court is still held is a water fountain. A sign over the water fountain says, " WHITES ONLY". This sign has been there for years and covered up and uncovered to show what it use to say in the days of segregation. Our leaders in their infinite wisdom decided to reveal the sign to the public. This is one of the reasons why racial divides can not be over come. Those in positions of power refuse to let it die.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  92. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    That is the nature of our culture.

    If you are not like me, you are different. We see it in race, gender, politics, religion and other social constructs.

    What a shame we all cannot realize that spirituality is the understanding that we are all connected by something greater than ourselves, we are indeed one.

    So it is not a white man's shame, nor a black man's shame, a Christian's, a Jew's, a Muslim's shame, as it is not a Republican's shame or a Democrat's shame, it is OUR shame.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  93. Bill N

    Does Sunni and Shia ring a bell?

    April 9, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  94. Beata

    I am from Poland, being American citizen for over 20 years...Growing up in Poland, I never heard of racism (heard about it that it exists in US) we did not have minorities (gypsies) so it was not the same. When I came to US I learned right away what race means, for example, nobody (White) wants to live (have as a neighbor) Black or Mexican. It is just the truth. And that is why racism will be always unless the laws change regarding housing...It is easy to say for rich people I am not a racist, when you live in a neighborhood where are no blacks or lationos, you do not need to be rich to live where they are not living, you choosing "better" places to live to avoid them...So , yeah You and You are the racist and I am...No please come and kill me. I am just speaking the truth, I never thought that I am a racist, but it did not take a long to realize it. But I do respect hardworking blacks, educated...I do not like get to. Period.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  95. shades

    I am white and grew up in South Carolina in the 60's.
    And personally think we would be totally out of any kind of racism toward Black people, IF,
    certain 'black' people wouldnt celebrate even the smallest "victories" against whites regardless of
    substance. Watch black America almost as a whole celebrate Oj's aquittal for instance set my thinking back 30 years.
    If you want to be treated justly you must act justly.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  96. Ed in California

    The answer to the question, "Can't we all just get along?" is that it is not economically feasibly to those whom profit from exploiting racial division.

    But it is a nice sentiment, I must say!!!

    April 9, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  97. Common Man

    The Newsweek/Daily Beast poll shows that 72% of whites and 89% of blacks say the country is racially divided.

    The real question that should be asked in a poll like this is "Do you discriminate against others based on color?"

    Speculating about the racist tendencies of others rather than actually trying to find out if they are racists does nothing but inflame people with false information. This poll makes it sound like 80ish percent of people are racists while I suspect that a much smaller group actually thinks they themselves are racist.

    I don't think this would capture the same press if it read, "20% of Americans (Black and White) discriminate based on color."

    April 9, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  98. Jack

    Too much finger pointing. In the Martin case I wonder about his parents. Why was a teen who was suspended from school allowed to be running around the streets anyway.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  99. Kobus

    "How divided Jack?", Not enough in my opinion. The path this country is on is called "collapse.' A multi-racial society in America is going to be a complete failure...the only thing people have in common is the "dollar" and when that goes watch what happens.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  100. deborah ballweg Seibert, co

    Racial divide is being fostered by black people. It a lot of cases, they segregate themselves. They are so ready to yell "racism" at every juncture that we, who are not black, are sick of hearing it. "The only reason you would not agree with Pres. Obama is because you are a racist". Never mind that he is a socialist. If the NAACP and Jessie Jackson would shut up, racism would die a natural death. The story was not that a guard killed an unarmed teen, as it should have been. It was he killed a BLACK teen.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  101. EJ in Metro Houston

    Jack three topics that make people either explode or uneasy they would be RACE, POLITICS, and RELIGION. The first many don't want to talk about the other two many seem to like to argue about. The election of Barrack Obama did NOT help race relations very much although no fault of his. Once in office it was said gun sales increased, more racial jokes were sent on the internet and he has been the only POTUS so far to be attacked because of his race. So yes Jack the nation is still divided and has a long way to go and may never really get there sad to say. Instead of talking we all point fingers and yell and accuse each other.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  102. John

    Seems the media with quick judgment and poor reporting only help to instigate racial tension. But hey as long as it helps the rating right? This whole case has been reported as a racial issue from the get go and the irresponsible comments in the media and by public officials only help to add fuel to the fire.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  103. Timothey

    Jack the media is perpetuating the cycle of racism by being biased against any crime that has victim as white and the perpetrator as black. The media focuses only on white on black crime. Even in the Trayvon Martin case the perpetrator was immediately listed as white when he's a brown hispanic. Why Jack?

    April 9, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  104. Deborah Millsboro, De

    Unfortunately, everytime something dealing with race comes to the attention of the liberal biased media, regarding African Americans, The Reverend Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson get involved inflaming racial tensions through fear mongering...... not to mention never apologizing for their lack of due diligence that cost a cop his job well over a decade ago, oh and lets not forget about their rabid reaction to the scandel @ Duke University (Take back the night) It's the Afican American Community that keeps racial tensions stirred

    April 9, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  105. Mark

    Race relations among individuals is worlds better than among races, i.e. people of different races interact on a daily basis in productive and race-blind ways. To have better relations on a macro basis, we need to be able to talk about racial issues without labeling. People need to be able to express opinions without being labeled racist per se. If a person of one race cannot discuss persons of other races without being labeled a racist regardless of the truth of what he says, there can be no healing.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  106. Roger in Dallas

    My joy at Obama's election is not at all dismayed by the bigotry displayed by a few radical groups. I may not live to see it but I long to see not only another African-American president but also a woman president, a gay president, a Hispanic president as well as a white president. Haven't we grown up enough yet as country to put all this racial intolerance aside.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  107. Tom

    The question posed is: "How racially divided is the United States today?" The U.S. is as racially divided as those individuals, who make their living selling racial hatred and mistrust, can divide it.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  108. Conor in Chicago

    I’m not convinced that George Zimmerman attacked and killed Trayvon Martin because of his race. From what I can tell Zimmerman was an over-zealous neighborhood watchman who followed and monitored Martin to a point where Martin became nervous, he confronted Zimmerman, a fight ensured, and Zimmerman killed Martin. That also doesn’t mean that Zimmerman is innocent. I believe he is guilty of murder and should be tried as such. That said, I believe it is the media coverage of this affair that has begun to tear at the racial harmony of our nation and it is being done in the usual Left/Right context that no one needs, wants, or really believes in. Like any other issue, a cursory view of the 3 major cable news channels reveals 3 alternate universes in which facts are omitted, talking points are repeated ad nauseam, and people with preconceived notions on the topic of race can comfortably watch someone making millions of dollars a year tell them that what they think is right actually is. Perceived racial victimization on both sides of the Left/Right divide is being exacerbated and the only people who are benefiting from it are advertisers on TV. It’s like anything else in 2012 USA.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  109. Cornelius Daniel

    Racial division within the US is a systemic issue, that can only change if the morality of the country changes. Many African-Americans believe that since the elections of the nation's first African-American President that Racism would decrease, I beg to differ. The current tragedies in the news media reveal the evidence as one looks at the Trayvon Martin case, as well as, the Tulsa shootings that targeted African-Americans individuals.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  110. calvin

    Just read the comment. there are more democrats then gop who watch and comment. ou democrats leader has made this country more at war with race then he every could stop. he pushs class war fair on all fronts.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  111. Debra

    People seem to think that the media is at fault, but I read the feeds written by responders to articles presented on yahoo and many other sources and people are fowl! They hate so much! It make my stomach churn at the amount of hatred people have for others!!! It isn't just blacks that are hated, but gay folks, and poor people, fat people, other cultures, non religious... the list is actually endless and it worries me! we are in big trouble!!!

    April 9, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  112. TC

    The media want a race war between blacks,whites and hispanics!

    April 9, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  113. Sally

    I think among the affluent it is more about class and amongst the poor, it is very much about race.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  114. Don Webb

    This country is totally divided thanks to the efforts of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  115. Chelsea

    The United States is extremely racially divided. Our entire system of governance operates on its ability to and derives its legitimacy from keeping the white race in power. See: the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina as exposing of racialized invisible population, the argument from the right about the welfare state, and the continued exploitation of populations of non-white citizens worldwide by the American and Western multinational corporations. Colonialism is alive and well, it has just become more invisible and changed its form in order to maintain the status quo.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  116. Willy P

    We are about as racially divided as our political parties are divided. The stand your ground law is a perfect metaphor for our racial and political views in this country. No room to concede or compromise, Just shoot to kill.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  117. Lone

    Of course it is. It has always been so. Obama's election just brought it to the forefront. Before Obama, all the same problems with big government, entitlements, high taxes for the middle class, etc. all existed but for some reason the Tea Party type groups were perfectly ok with it until a black guy got in there. And to respond to this :
    "
    Petro Jones
    Obama has divided this country badly! The 60s and the civil war do not compare to the division not only in color but class and political affiliation that we have now. Nice going Barry!"

    Yeah, Barry, how dare you not be white!

    April 9, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  118. Mr. D

    Let's face it, race is a cottage industry in this country. Too many people make their living talking about to let it slip into oblivion. It is like the prison industry-jobs, jobs, jobs.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  119. harriet

    how racially divided? How about s-l-a-v-e-r-y.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  120. Scott

    I think the nation is horribly divided along racial lines. Unfortunately, this division is fueled by prominent people from all racial groups and fostered by the main stream media.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  121. thankgs are better, but...

    The election of a black president showed that the majority of the courntry (at least those who vote) can look past race. What galls me are these posters on internet sites who spew terrible racial venom and use pseudonyms.

    No one should be able to post without giving their name.

    John Kell
    Hamilton, NJ

    April 9, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  122. Erick

    This country is built upon a fragile union that has never truly dealt with the damage and distruction caused by discrimination and racial prejudice against our darker brothers and sisters. Until we recognize the harm and the damage we will never get pass this injustice.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  123. Leo in NC

    I no longer expect white people to understand what blacks have to deal with day to day. They simply can't. Unless you walk in a man's shoes you can have no idea. Most whites think that by virtue of laws being passed, equality has been achieved because what they experience is virtually unchanged. Only black people are the only ones who can properly guage change in this area, and the vast majority of whites are in denial.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  124. Mom in PA

    I voted for the
    "hope" that Obama would "change" feelings of racial discrimination. Instead, he has fueled the fire with
    his response to the Trayvon case and his ongoing class warfare. As a law professor, he should have calmed the country and encouraged the justice system to find the answer...not jumped to conclusions without the facts. I believe Obama as a leader is accountable and it is a disgrace that he won the Nobel Peace Prize.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  125. Mark B.

    Seemingly a lot more since the death of real journalism by the media and this president. The presiden'ts comments on how Obama's son would look like Martin ony fueled the divide. It seems every opportunity, manufactured or not is used to push the issue. Let no crisis go to waste, eh?

    April 9, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  126. Ganan

    The country is worse since Obama because he plays the race card every chance he gets. Why is the President of the US commenting about this case? Doesn't he have enough to do-–oh yeah, I forgot, he just blames everyone else.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  127. Nicole -- San Mateo, CA

    America is more racially divided now than it was during the Civil Rights Movement and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Whites were comfortable with the "idea" of equality for all, and in theory supported "equal opportunity;" but now with President Obama in the White House, some whites are having to come to terms with how uncomfortable they REALLY are with the notion of "equality for all."

    April 9, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  128. mario

    from wich country the white whinning immigrants are you talking about ?????????? Jack everyone in america is from a different part of the world,,,5 continents, so why the white peoples in usa are so uneducated

    April 9, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  129. Rich

    Well, yeah. It's pretty racially divided. There are a lot of people who benefit from keeping it that way, and a lot who encourage minorities to use their minority status as an excuse or a crutch. That attitude benefits no one, and sharpens divides.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  130. walter17

    why is it always black and white? i guess they have history whereas the rest of us races get along just fine.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  131. Allison Marshall

    How racially divided is the country? The answer comes easily to anyone in an interracial relationship. I am a white woman, in love with and in a long term relationship with a black man. The looks, the comments and the outright outrage that is displayed regularly will tell you we're extremely divided. And until (some) white Americans can acknowledge that very fact, we will remain divided.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  132. singularity2

    Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, ironically, are front and center in the Trayvon movement. These two black leaders both uttered some of the most vile anti-semitic slurs resulting in the deaths of innocent people and we never heard a peep out of anyone, black or white, demanding that Sharpton and Jackson should be banned from the airwaves and TV stations on which they still regularly appear. Why is it that those of you in the media never manage to cover those incidents that also create racial divides? Until you do, your efforts to do so now ring hollow and show a blatant hypocrisy which undermines your sincerity.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  133. toby

    Jack,
    I remember the huge divide during the OJ.Simpson trail.....what a mess...i thought we had grown since then....maybe not.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  134. Arlene, Roselle, Illinois

    Talk about race in this country and you still have members of congress who think the President of the
    United States is a muslim and don't think he was born here.
    what does that say about race in this country.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  135. Dave - Oklahoma

    I look at the posts here and I think the majority are completely missing the boat. Race issues have gotten worse during this administration, but I think great strides have been made. I believe for the most part Americans do judge a man by the content of charachter and not the color of skin. (not that you should judge anyway)
    The problem is when you do point out a person with a bad character who robs, steals and murders that happens to be black...you are a racist.
    When you make the point that people shouldn't be coming over here illegally and straining already strained social service programs that hapen to be hispanic your a rascist. You will always be able to find backward people that are truly racist those numbers are very small today, but as long as one exists, the Jackson-Lee's, Rangles,Jacksons and Sharptons of the world will continue to use them (and you) in perpetuating racial divisiveness. As long as African Americans remane hyphenated and the NAACP promotes the hate it does we will get no where.
    Yes, there are problems, but lets quit saying "since there are more blacks in prison, the system is racist"..How about "let's see why crime is higher in black communities?" and address that.
    Until people see that a lot of the problems today are the failure of the current black leaders who pulled the torch from MLK and started burning down the house.
    This administration policy of continued divisiveness for votes is horrible. Yes, I do not like this president. Could care less about his color. Horrible liberal fiscal irresponsibility and class warfare. Wake up people. When you get the world you are so sure Republicans are keeping from you you may not like what you find...or anyone to pay for it.
    You are mostly blinded by the lies. Dems have to keep up the hate...if there is no enemy to fight they can't get elected
    Where do you get that the Republicans are the party of hate and bigotry?

    April 9, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  136. Josh from New Orleans

    I think that we are racially divided more than ever before because we strive to have a more limited government. With bigger government comes funding and policies, especially in public education funding, that would even the playing field and ease tensions.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  137. Don

    being raised in the late 50 and early 60 seeing all the race problems back then, and the great strides MLK and others made. I find it hard to fathom we are still talking race problems, I thought we took a big step in electing a black president I was proud of my country, but I guess we just put the problem on the back burner and now have turned up the heat another words we are going backwards its sad, because we are supposed be, one nation made up of all kinds of people that just want to live free color should not play a part in that concept................

    April 9, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  138. Alex Landi

    Mt. Shasta, Ca
    The country is still somewhat racially divided and will probably remain so as long as some people resort to using race as the easy explanation for their disappointments and failures. Playing the race card is as natural as breathing for many on the left as it stokes emotions and revs up the base. The country will never make progress on race relations as long as this is the case.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  139. Patriot

    Reading so many of the posts on CNN, one would think that a race war was about to start. Democratization and decentralization through the Internet are testing the limits of hate big time. I hope soon it will be a hate crime to post the venom I am seeing. .

    April 9, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  140. Denny

    It is in the News everyday somewhere. We are headed down a path leading to the 1950's and 60's era. It will get worse, before it gets better. There is a lot of Hate out there right now !

    April 9, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  141. Houstonian

    I am a Cuban/American and all I can say is than in the 14 years living in the USA all races one way or the other at some point are divided.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  142. Henry Keyser

    VERY divided, and it becomes more divided every day that we don't talk about it. As a white male, i recognize how delicately the majority discusses racial issues- but we need to stop whispering because pretending the divides don't exist only splinters our UNITY as a country. And i say "divides" because the profiling exists not plainly Majority/Minority but between each race and each multi-ethnicity. It is a serious problem.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  143. Mark from Boston

    Jack,

    It depends on who you ask. Whether it's fast food or race relations, Americans like to blow things out of proportion. The intolerant among us are a small minority, but of course it's the media's job to exacerbate that. Americans under 40 years old are more tolerance than the generations before them. This trend will continue until we all are people of color, then in our unrelenting ignorance, the minority will find some other idiosyncrasy to hate one another over.

    Mark from Boston

    April 9, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  144. warrenlevine

    If more people would loosen up and listen to sharp young social satirists like Rucka Rucka Ali, admit their differences, own up to racial stereotypes, and accept every one else's, there would be a lot less violence on the streets and a lot more people smiling at each other and, more importantly, fraternizing, which is what brotherhood is really all about.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  145. Sultan (California)

    This country is very racially divided, but it always has been. I think it's worse than ever and you hear the angry tone of it everywhere...from politics to religion.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  146. Minority

    In my short 40 years here on earth, race plays a greater role than ever. Just recently in my hometown of Durham, NC, "America's most tolerant city", according to a recent survey, the political endorsements exposed what I already knew to be true. Two of the most influential political PAC's gave their local endorsements almost strictly along racial lines.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  147. Terrance Brown

    Jack I think now that an African American as a president the divide has come more into light. Before race was a bit hush hush, but from events such as Congressmen blatantly disrespecting the President to tragedies such as the Trayvon Martian case we have to ask ourselves why are these events happening when its the year 2012. Haven't we learned from the past to know any better, or better yet to do better?

    April 9, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  148. Mike B in Albuquerque, NM

    Saying that there is no racial division in America is like denying climate change. The scientific, or in this case, statistical data that we look at is quite clear. Both exist. So, you can either accept that reality, or you can choose to believe that the housing, job pay and educational disparities from which Blacks and other minorities are subjected are as imaginary as this newest nationwide heat wave.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  149. Mike

    The only two colors that divide the country right now is red and blue. In my experience, Black and White people get along just fine as long as they are both on the same side of the red / blue spectrum.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  150. Robert cotton plant, ar.

    Why is it if one is 1/2 black and 1/2 white you are BLACK.. obmaa's mother is WHITE? it is crazy how African (a continent not a country) American has all the genes. I think it is over used and over played.. We are all AMERICAN-AMERICANS.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  151. SherrieGG, Camarillo, CA

    When it is EXCEEDINGLY rare on ANY of the cable news stations to hear the President of the United States referred to only by the sneered word "Obama" (And yes, I'm looking at you, Jack), it's demonstrative of the level of racial harmony in this country. By the end of the campaign cycle the Republicans will be advocating the return of slavery and the disenfranchisement of women and will be shocked, SHOCKED, if any remonstrance is made. The First Lady of this country is called "uppity", US Congressmen yell during the SOU that the President is a liar, and Senators with dental floss where their brains should be feel perfectly secure calling him stupid on social media. It sucks, Jack. Sucks.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  152. dnk512

    When was the last time you filled a form with the field: RACE?

    That is when you agreed, RACE MATTERS IN THIS COUNTRY.

    And this is not in *exclusive* favor of any one particular race.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  153. aces2jokers

    The country is clearly still on a fundamental level divided among racial lines. I find it very discouraging that everytime something happens in the country that should make us pull together, everyone always picks sides along their racial lines instead of being objective. I would go as far as say that race relations in a lot of aspects have gotten worse since President Obama has been elected. The first 2.5 years of his Presidency was spent by a lot of people attempting to prove he was from Kenya. How often does a President have to deal with that type of scrutiny?

    April 9, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  154. Renee, Illinois

    For arguments sake, let's say Tryvon Martin was white and Zimmerman shot him anyway. Zimmerman would have been arrested that night and the courts would already be gearing up for a trial. Does that answer your question?

    April 9, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  155. Terrance Brown

    Jack I think now that an African American has become president the divide has come more into light. Before race was a bit hush hush, but from events such as Congressmen blatantly disrespecting the President to tragedies such as the Trayvon Martian case we have to ask ourselves why are these events happening when its the year 2012. Haven't we learned from the past to know any better, or better yet to do better?

    April 9, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  156. JM from DFW

    When you are in the spirit, race does not matter. If you are focused on God's purpose for your life, and understand what that means..
    If Jesus was to return today and happen to show up as a Black Man wearing a "Hoodie"
    He would not get crucified, just shot, if he was in Florida because someone thought he was about to get attacked.
    One nation under Satan with liberty and justice for the Rich! What happen to the Peace-Makers?
    The UN – United States of America or we need to return to the good old days ... Slavery! Then we will create the jobs that people need.
    God wants a relationship, the Republicans are looking for the new American Slave, and want to stop God's people from reaching the promise land! So when you have people like some of the Republican Presidential candidates, it should be clear their plan is to divide and conquer.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  157. J.P.

    The United States is without a doubt a racially divided country due to basically two issues; first is white America's constant refusal to admit there is a divide, and second is white America's refusal to even discuss the subject openly. I believe the reason for this is that people like to speak in terms of generalities rather than specifics, that is to say most white people like to think of racists as people who are a part of the KKK or a group like it, but they don't want to consider that the idea that they might fear black people or believe stereotypes of black people make them racist in the eyes of some people.

    How can the divide ever be closed if we can't openly acknowledge and discuss it?

    April 9, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  158. Mike in Pekin

    Jack, the country is racially divided because so many people still allow themselves to be swayed by race. This case is no different. The protests calling for charges to be brought fly in the face of what we have always held to be a fundamental part of our justice system – that no man is arrested without just cause backed by evidence supporting that arrest. In many cases, arrests take years after the fact, while law enforcement investigates and builds a case. Why is it that in this case, there is such an unwillingness to allow the wheels of justice move at their own pace? Ironically, a ruch to judgement may actually cause justice to never be realized in this case. And that rush to judgement has been fanned by racism on both sides. I have no idea what happened that night, and I won't presume to guess. The fact that Mr. Zimmerman has not been charged does not mean he won't be, and the fact that they are still investigating does not mean he will be. But if we allow the decision to arrest or not arrest to be based on mob rule and public opinion, our system of blind justice and fair treatment of all will be severly degraded, to everyones detriment.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  159. Marie, Asheville, NC

    Very divided, and it will continue to be, moving only minutely out of it per decade. Having a black prez hasn't helped very much either, there are so many against him too, for that very reason. This all goes back to the elders in every family passing negative feelings about blacks down for generations. I'll wager that to many people (excluding me), blacks belong to only the slave class and nothing better. Its downright pitiful.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  160. Dave, Orlando, FL

    It is considerably better than it was in the 50s-60s, but we still have a very long way to go. Unfortunately, the fact that Obama is in the WH makes some racist morons crazy. All sides need to do their part in erasing the stereotypes, disabling the almost congenital biases and opening our minds to other races and cultures. Until that happens, we can not move forward and our country will suffer.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  161. Angie C

    The division is still there and both sides are very hesitant to address the problem. When these division are not pointed out by the minority, it will go unnoticed. If the majority gets frustrated that the minority is being sensitive or as one has heard in the past "playing the race card", then we will remain in the same place. It is a shame that young man had to die for us to talk about the differences.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  162. Larry R Portland Oregon

    About all that has changed Jack is that overt racism has been largely replaced by the closet variety. People now accuse journalists who report racial stories as being racist, our multi-racial President is the target of repeated unsubstantiated attacks and code words substitute for outright racial epithets. While we need to do more to give a hand up, ethnic minorities need to do more to provide structure and leadership to their children. Hard economic times don't help, either. There will always be those who look for scapegoats when the going gets tougher.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  163. Darnell

    I think that the nation is very racially divided. We have a have half white half Hispanic man who racially profiled a black boy. What is society doing about it? Stalling and stalling even though we have been having all the evidence we need to arrest him since day one. We have the Oklahoma shootings which was again stalled. We have a black president whom people want out of office even though he is getting the job done. Are we divided? Hell yes and I'm soo mad about it.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  164. Richard from Atlanta

    Jack,
    Being a product of the 60's born in Alabama and Raised in Western NY, who has returned to the South I find the climate today because the Tea Party, The GOP and the current Primary and the election of a Half White, Half Black President who is of color just as horrendous as it was during the Civil Rights Protests. My facts have been precluded by the numerous rise of hate groups against gays, Latinos and Blacks and let us not forget the misogynist view of Women, all in the name of Religion, from the right! Yet we try to control other countries govts with Human Rights as a basis for our negotiating with them. Yet it starts at home. If the GOP had their way all who were not white would be put on Reservations.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  165. Winston from NC

    I think the U.S has come a long way in racial harmony, but certainly has a long way to go. I think the election of Pres Obama has radicalize white America's fear of minorities, especially those of the darker skin. Prior to his election, that fear swept under the rug to make it seem like we all were getting along. It's like the black family that moves into the prestegious white neighborhood, they were cool until they moved in next door.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  166. Lillian

    I wish the racial divide was not true. After all what race you belong to is just an accident of birth. You had no control to make that selection. Unfortunately racial profiling does exist. I am a 65 yr old black woman who was pulled over for supposedly driving to slow. This was at midnight on a residential street, and it was raining like cats and dogs. The officer wanted to know why I was only going 30 or 35 when the speed limit was 40! I have always said the only thing that will bring us altogether will be when aliens land on earth. Then we will at the least be all humans.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  167. Jake

    So divied that Canada has noticed it for years and years and I could go on aboot this all day. That's another thing Jack, Americans think we say aye and play hockey all day. Spoken from a true Canadian.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  168. Reasonably

    Too racially divided and ready to make uneducated decisions at the drop of a hat. Worse still are those who Tweet without research and cause innocents harm and strife.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  169. Darryl

    This country has never not been racially divided there's just a resurgence in racism as of late. To be honest I felt the winds of change start as early as the Reagan presidency. There is an atmosphere that its ok to hate. I'm reminded of the words of MLK, " If we all don't learn to live together as brothers we will all perish together as fools. " Look at the hypocrisy of some candidates. They profess to be devout christians, but just listen to what comes out of their mouths, slander and disdain. No president has ever been treated with such disregard. We americans hate for outsiders to call us inherently racist, but many of us act uncivilized and ignorant.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  170. James

    Racism will never die. I think things will get better when Americans of every color take responsibility for themselves and not blame everyone else.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  171. Mark Y

    Please...I think most of the people who think this country is as racially divided as ever are younger than 35. If you lived in the deep South in the 60s and even well into the 70s in some spots (LONG after the civil rights acts of the mid 60s), and you were the wrong color, you were not only prohibited from eating at restaurants, drink at water fountains, stay at hotels and motels, or be given any sense of dignity, but you were not allowed to speak your mind at all without the fear of repurcussions. If you want to know the state of race relations from 35-40 years ago, check out the following: The Dawson Five, the Boston Bus Crisis (from liberal Massachusetts!), Joanne Little, and oh yeah, Hank Aaron and his quest for 715 home runs. I think you will ALL think MUCH differently about things if you read up on these and how America reacted.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  172. Gail, Plano TX.

    Great question, Jack! I think that the citizenry was always divided but it was hidden. Now it is surfacing and those who deny it exists are lying to themselves. I am a white woman and I thunk sadly of Trayvon Martin each and every day. He was murdered tragically because he was black. I honestly don't know what there is to be proud of in this country. Look at the disrespect that is levelled at this President! I also think the President has handled the Trayvon situation well. But I am afraid there will be no justice in this case. We should hang our heads in shame!

    April 9, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  173. Steve, NY

    It was divided in the past but today it's percieved as divided because of Rev Sharpton and Reggie Jackson, all they do is take advantage of any small or large controversial incidence and makes it worse. They are the ones that are trying to incite riots. If the whites did what Rev Sharpton does, they would be be arrested for trying to incite a riot. Look at their records, Sharpton with the phony Bwanna case, the Duke case and now the Zimmerman case. They seem to get all these followers to demonstrate that are not working during the day. Where do they get their money to demonstrate daily. The press makes these problems worse, distorts the truth and edges the blacks to riot. Our problems are not with the blacks it's the press that creates these problems and creates leaders/agitators like Sharpton and Jackson who never worked a day in their life. They live from donations. The more contoversy they create the more more donations they recieve and the press keeps on promoting this stuff. The President doesn't help either, he shouldn't get involved in these racist contoversies. When is this going to end?? The press, especially NBC, MSNBC needs to get their license taken away for creatiing these cotroversies. Remember, humans want to get along no matter what race they represent, but when agitated by an outside force like the Press that is when the problems start.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  174. Merrily

    Everyone likes to blame bigotry on the media or President Obama, anyone but themselves, the truth is there is no equality in America, and it starts at home. A few years ago I moved to a small Kentucky town from the West Coast, I thought bigotry was a thing of the past, but it was alive and well in the South, I felt like I had gone back 50 years. There was one well to do black family in this town that professed to be 99.99% white, and you would have thought the devil himself had moved to town, they were treated as outcasts. Even as a white person I was offended by the townspeople and their racist attitudes. I no longer live in the South.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  175. Nora H G Corpus Christi

    Listening to people talk about our President I realize just how racially divided we are. Never in my life time have I heard such disrespect. I was born in the 50's so yea I have been through a few Presidents. Now any idiot can say what they want about the leader of our country and we all know it is mostly about the color of his skin. Very sad. So Jack Yes we are very racially divided, STILL!!!

    April 9, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  176. Mark J

    Many say that it is the "lame stream media" that creates the appearance of a racially divided nation. Well, here's the truth. This great nation of ours is still racist. White against black, black against white, hispanics so on and so forth. If that were not the case, the issue of President Obama's birth certificate would be a dead issue. President Bush destroyed the Constitution and people cheered him for doing so. President Obama is following the Constitution and people say the country is going down in flames. Look at some of the posts... One person says all blacks are thugs and another says that all whites are mass murderers. Look and see what is going on around you and think for yourself.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  177. Bernie

    Jack, as I travel throughout the United States, I would have to say that it all depends on where you visit. In NE Ohio, all lifestyles appear to work with one another - but in SW Ohio, it is just the opposite! Perhaps it is time to start teaching tolerance in education and not the importance of who has the latest Jim shoes or the best of the best. Working together takes time, effort and a commitment. Bernie (in Cleveland, Ohio)

    April 9, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  178. George from Florida

    If I'm correct, Zimmerman is not white. He is Latino. So we have a Latino man shooting a Black man in self-defense.

    I don't understand where "white" comes in when Zimmerman is not white.

    That, I believe, shows how divided race relations are in the U.S. When the Black racists have to call Latino's white, are they starting to run out of white people to blame?

    Since Florida law requires all investigations to be closed to the public until a decision is made, I am not speculating on what happened. I wasn't there. Neither was Al Sharpton or Rev. Jesse Jackson.

    I think the junior Martin Luther King sidekicks like to keep the country divided. I see this tragedy no differently whether the person killed was black, white, yellow or red. He was a human. And so was the shooter.

    I say let's wait until the facts and not the fantasies of a few racists before we get the lynch mob going.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  179. NELSON

    Mr. Cafferty, you want to know how racially divided America is Today? Well you don't have to look far.Take a good look behind all the candidates for the Republican Party at all the rallies, campaign speeches,and media events then count the minorities there.That should give you a good idea. Every time i watch these vents i watch the people they cleverly place behind the candidates. Minorities?? 2%

    April 9, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  180. Jerry, Florida

    Mr. Cafferty, with all due respect, maybe a better question would be: Who is most responsible for the deteriorating racial divide in America?! Hint, hint!

    He resides, with an equally divisive wife, in the "la Casa Blanca" (White House). Mr. Obama campaigned as the GREAT UNITER; instead he has become the GREAT DIVIDER!

    April 9, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  181. Rock

    Jack, I believe America is racially divided greatly. We are in 21 century and have a black president for God sake. It's about time we realize that color really does not define an individual or a group of race's character. I plead with America to examine the content not the container; of an individual prior to prejudging them. It's one world, one people therefore lets be at peace with all men. After all we were all created in the image and likeness of one creator. One love America!

    April 9, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  182. Ralph Nelson

    Very little racial division today, especially among young people who get along. The problem is the Republican Right who want to go back into the past and have used race and division to take the White House since my childhood in the 1950's. The boy in Florida was murdered because of ALEC legislation that was pushed and passed in numerous states including Florida and sadly in my state. Kock Brothers are behind ALEC and Walmart (nation's biggest gun seller and ALEC member) is behind it for gun sales purposes.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  183. Rex - Ohio

    Jack, all it takes is an incident like the Martin killing to bring to light just how far we haven't come in regards to our downright hatred for those that don't share the same skin color.
    I'm 50 years old and was raised in a racist household. My parents to this day believe all of the rhetoric about the President, his religion and they have a very real fear of him. They use every excuse to demean him, without coming out and saying what really bothers them. He's black.
    My point is, racism is fear based.
    I have found that in my world that there are good and bad people of all colors.
    The country is no more racially divided than it has been for 300 years. With the instant access to media being so available, it is just easier to see.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  184. Tom*

    Race relations locally are somewhat better 50 years later. Nationally though we have politicians and activists wanting a riff between the two. Whites think young blacks are trouble and young blacks think whites are con-artists tryin g to screw them over. Both are correct.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  185. John from Santa Maria, CA

    In the movie "South Pacific" there is a song about how racism is taught. Today overt institutional racism is dying but the racism that is "taught" needs to be addressed.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  186. CJ

    Racism is a stain that America cannot ever remove.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  187. Cathy

    I am sorry to say that I have never seen such hatred and anger and may I say Ill informed people. I am a registered Repulican, but I am disgusted with the way the Republican party has veered so far to the right. The conversations I have had with my Repulican friends on this topic are hateful. They may say they are not racist and bigoted, but their actions speak differently. I am convinced that they will never work with this man, who has tried to bring us together, but has met with obtsructionism at every level. I am convinced they will never let this Black man show them up. The disrespect on every level is blatent. It is a sad commentary for our country.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  188. Ron

    As a retired Black Police officer, I can tell you Jack the division has always been there. I can say proudly I nor any of my siblings were raised that way, we were taught to be fair and treat all people as your equal, but it is extremely distressing why you meet white people who immediately have drawn their conclusions about you,and your family way before they even know your name (not all white people)...but it is many unfortunately. I remember as I was going through my investigation prior to being hired and being asked "how many times have you been arrested" I replied "never". The guy asked me 3 time to repeat myself then turn to the other white investigators and repeat it, only to be followed up by the comment "look here guys the only black in NYC that has not been arrested. That was in 1983, when I complained about it my file was lost for two years....how refreshing. Jack I know a person like you and many other decent men and women like yourself can all sit down to dinner, be neighbors, and most of all be good friends...unfortunately there are many who hold on to deep rooted biases, fear, mistrust and old fashioned ignorance.
    I hold no grudges and still treat everyone as equal.
    Perhaps one day Jack you and I can go to Morton's, have a bite and shake our heads at the fools who aim to tear this country apart.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  189. Packard

    As long as we steadfastly refuse to discuss the dual plagues of black criminal behavior and chronic underachievement, we will forever be dancing around the elephant in America's living room.

    Ain't no way but the hard way...get used to it.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  190. Roland King

    Racial divisions in America are continuously furrowed and nurtured by media types like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glen Beck and of late the American Tea Party.

    Never mind the cover – up. Economic issues are far from the crux of the problem. The economy is used as an acceptable blanket to cover what REALLY bothers racists and religious zealots alike, a black President who is just not “Christian” enough. (At least according to the tenets of the Tea Party)

    April 9, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  191. Tess

    Can you imagine how Trayvon must have felt? A car following him down the street? A male driver watching him? If he beat up Zimmerman, I can understand why. Trayvon was carrying skittles and an iced tea. Do you really think he was getting ready to rob a house? Who would buy a bunch of snacks before a break-in? Where do you put them when you pick the lock / break the window? How do you carry anything out if your hands and pockets are already full?

    Zimmerman should be prosecuted. He confronted and ultimately shot an unarmed kid. And just in case you're curious, I am white. And also female, so I understand the panic Trayvon probably felt when he was being tailed by an adult male.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  192. Inah Hayes

    As an immigrant and after over 40 years living in America, this is the worst I am wittnessing in terms of race relationships. The election of America's first blsck President has seen heightened racial tension and generally, some white people have become very mean. I guess after the euphoria of Barack Obama's historic election, some white folks are having a hard time coping with the results of the election. It will get messier after Obama is re-elected as the polling is pointing in that direction! Blacks are disproportionately arrested – to create the impression that most of the crime is committed by blacks, laid off from work in alrming numbers and denied jobs even when they are eminently qualified! I have seen the good relationship I had with my white boss deteriorate since the election of Barack Obama: all I have to do these days for him to have a bad day, is say something positive about our president. I am afraid that my job is on the line and I am not the only persion facing such sad situation!

    April 9, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  193. Rod in Michigan

    Ever so slowly I would think race relations are improving. But ignorance is a human condition that is one tough rock to move and fear is one of it's cornerstones. You can't call yourself Christian and hate somebody at the same time.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  194. Anthony from Swedesboro

    When the old white racists go to their reward, our younger more informed generations consisting of a more diversified population will learn that this country is richer from its inexorable diversity. I'm of the older generation and see my peers still clinging to a way of life when whites ruled and Eisenhower was our leader. It was the "father knows best" generation.
    When there are no longer majorities and minorities, just citizens, then our country will reach it's full potential and compete successfully with all the homogenious countries.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  195. Kevin H

    Jack,

    Take most any issue and you can find racism in the thick of it: housing, education, poverty, war, justice, terrorism, health care, civil rights, transportation, media, government, immigration, the list goes on.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  196. dew5

    Well what's happening now in the States does not impress this Canadian. This is a circus and just shows the underbelly of real life in the USA. Now that the UN is involved we just laugh and shake our heads. Hopefully your ship will right itself and once again become a leader in this world. That is your true calling. Somehow you seem lost at sea in your politics and in you humanity.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  197. Silent Voice

    So divided that not so much as a race war is on the horizon. But that if we take the time to listen to those who are not silent we will here why we are a divided NATION, Division always has been and foever will be but will we continue to put those voices in office.First be honest with yourself and then be honest about others until that order is followed nothing will change.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  198. Chris in Florida.

    How does the stalker get to claim fear? Has anyone considered that the person being stalked may have been afraid?

    April 9, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  199. devinw

    This country is still very bigoted toward blacks but I'm sure whites will disagree. Let me give you a few slaps in the face to blacks. First, the Indian population gets casinos and college tuition layed for for what Americans did to them in the 14 and 1500's. Second, Japanese government gets an apology from the US government in 1995 for the nuclear bombs dropped on them during WW2. Third, the japanese people got 20-50 thousand dollars for the same bombs during the Bush1 and Regan presidencys. Fourth, the Afghanistanian people not only got apologies from our government but money from our government for the shootings of a rouge soldier. BUT BLACKS FOR SLAVERY, HANGING, SEGREGATION, LYNCHING, DISCRIMINATION, LOSS OF RELIGEON, CULTURE, AND FAMILY, nothing. Reperrations please, get the best way you can n***er. No apology, no help with education. We don't need cash money to get equality, we need education help so we can understand better ways of making a living. Ask a young black how to make a living and see how limited the choices are.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  200. SherrieGG, Camarillo, CA

    When it is EXCEEDINGLY common on ALL of the cable news stations to hear the President of the United States referred to only by the sneered word "Obama" (And yes, I'm looking at you, Jack), it's demonstrative of the level of racial harmony in this country. By the end of the campaign cycle the Republicans will be advocating the return of slavery and the disenfranchisement of women and will be shocked, SHOCKED, if any remonstrance is made. The First Lady of this country is called "uppity", US Congressmen yell during the SOU that the President is a liar, and Senators with dental floss where their brains should be feel perfectly secure calling him stupid on social media. It sucks, Jack. Sucks.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  201. ...is the spice of life!

    The Red, White n’ Blue never looked so Black n’ White since the Rodney King riots or the OJ Simpson trial. Let’s face it, this country needs SERIOUS counseling when it comes to race. The thing is, when it comes to race, most blacks already been in therapy. They kinda have no choice, sometimes daily therapy. Yet, it’s MOST of the white Americans who just can’t simply walk themselves into the shrink’s office. This is where I’d say, the problem is steeped in never getting over the hurdle it needs to: denial, guilt n’ convenient silence.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  202. Caroline

    I don't care.
    Black people' s color seems more important to them than anything else. They've been here for 300 years so I assume they know the laws. My shotgun knows no color, whatever color person breaks down my door is going to get 12 gauge deer slugs inserted into their body.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  203. ruth

    I am 63 and I can not believe how divided this country has become with Obama as President.......

    April 9, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  204. LJ Stephens

    Hey Jack. How racially divided is the U.S. Today? I live in Florida, near Sanford, FL – try being a Black man in the Daytona Beach area trying to get a job; or drive an upscale vehicle. I get followed by the local cops at least once a week, and have even been forced out of my car to be patted down by the police because I pulled up to a beachside house looking for a friend. When I personally contacted the Chief of Police to advise one of his sergeants cussed me when I asked him why he was harassing me, the Chief told me "I would be arrested if interfere with an investigation again." Did I mention I have at least Master's degree, and I wasn't wearing a hoody?! To add insult to injury the local newspaper recently published an article indicating Black & Hispanic students in Volusia County Schools don't receive the same level of education and resources as White students. Does racism exist in the United States? HELL yeah!!!

    April 9, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  205. J in NJ

    We are not really all that divided. The media hypes it way more than reality. The facts speak for themselves, blacks have more to fear from other blacks than they do from whites. According to FBI statistics more than 90% of crimes against blacks are comitted by other blacks.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  206. John from Alabama

    Jack: America is divided racially, divided by wealth, the haves and the have nots, and divided politically. This has come about during the President George W. Bush Administration an continues today. George is not the blame, but people like Karl Rove, and many others on both sides of politics have caused this divide.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  207. Jane - WI

    The country is divided and will stay divided as long as the race merchants such as Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson have their way. These folks make a living on keeping the country divided along racial lines. They have turned this issue in Sanford into a racial issue, where none exists. From what I have heard, George Zimmerman (a registered Democrat) has not had a history of racism, but rather has helped out those of other ethnicities. Mr. Zimmerman is half Hispanic, by the way, kind of like Barack Obama being half black, yet we rarely hear about him being Hispanic. If he had won a Nobel Prize, though, the media would be touting his Hispanic roots.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  208. Marsha from Billings, MT

    Jack~
    You speak merely of the 'symptoms' of a larger issue: Americans are reacting - perhaps negatively so - to the huge influx of immigrants into this country over the last 15 years or so. Even in my small town, we see a lot of immigrants opening shops, refusing to mingle with the rest of us, speak English and generally not wanting to assimilate. Exasperated is the fact that we have a black president.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  209. Rugby 1960

    A black murders a white, no media attention and no hate crime or racism cry's. A black murders a black, no media attention. A white murders a black and holy heck breaks out. It's a hate crime, it racism, and it's all over the news. What's wrong with this picture? David James, a white war vet, was murdered on a public park basketball court by a black man who didn't like a kid skateboarding on the basketball court. Where was the media for this? Here is a war vet getting murdered. Where are the protestors on this one?

    April 9, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  210. James (Florence,New Jersey)

    The United States is very divided.When you have Sr. Senators calling the President of the United States "stupid" or Supreme Court Justices trying to reprimand the President for offering his opinion.Of course there is a racism and a division at the countries highest levels.Aren't people in political positions supposed to be an example to the masses on how to carry oneself with dignity and grace.If the Republican leaders try to disrespect and weaken the highest office in the land just because the office is occupied by a black man,why would you expect any less from the constituents that they represent?

    April 9, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  211. Jane - WI

    There certainly is a racial divide, especially when you see the racism and hatred coming from people like Rev. Wright, Louis Farrakahn, the New Black Panthers, etc.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  212. mark trought

    There cannot be racial equality if the Congress and the Senate acts decisively. The legislators are also the moral compass of the nation and when they act with ambivalence it allows the racial divide to obtain. Yes, the right to vote is there and allow but we need laws that prevent the police force from acting in a biased manner to some minorities. I recently saw some police officers stop and white man dressed as batman in a batmobile with licence plates nd they handled him so cordially and I wondered what would have been their reaction if the man was black. It will take people like you Jack to end racial divide. The nation needs people like yorself to take a sensible look at that Florida "stand yor ground law". It not enough that you sympathise, you must not keep friends with bigots and racists Jack as when you do they will think that what they are doing is right

    April 9, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  213. expres12

    We have become more racially divided under Obama.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  214. Simon/Orlando

    Let's remember that most young black kids are overwhelmingly killed by members of their own race. And, yes there still is racism in America, but it's on all sides including all races. I'm sure that if you asked a Latino or an Asian, they would point out racism against their people possibly even by blacks themselves.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  215. idowantyou

    Let's divide the country by race. I want my own race.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  216. DRAKE

    Jack, we are even more divided now than we have ever been since the civil war. I am an african american male who is 39 years old. Just 8 years before my birth the civil rights act was passed which was supposed to eliminate centuries of injustice and in equality suffered by african americans. look at the way this president has been treated. it seems white america has a short case of memory lapse when it comes to race issues and injustices yet they hold things like the anniversry of the titanic to heart. Don't look now but the little progress we made as a multi racial country is sinking

    April 9, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  217. Ed

    Not enough as far as I can see.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  218. BostonDawg

    We have a large segment of society that will do just about anything it can to perpetuate the stereotypes used against it. Then when the stereotypes are used, they are denied and those that actually get up and go to work in the morning are blamed for the woes. The POTUS wants to blame those that conform to societal norms for the woes that ignore the very existence of the path to success in the USA. Some people are required to pay their mortgage, some are not. Some people have to pay for food, some do not. Some people have to pay for their education, some do not, and so on and so forth.

    There was supposed to be a million man march that was going to resolve this problem but there were only 700,000 because 300,000 were denied parole.

    I think the vast majority of actual Americans should have a giant rally getting at the actual root of the problem, it is 2012 and we should not have to have "neighborhood watches" and "generational welfare" should not be a common term in our nomenclature....... but of course with the liberal media a black kid gets killed and that actual root cause of the problem cannot even begin to even be discussed let alone addressed........ CONFORM TO SOCIETAL NORMS and no kids ever have to be killed again............. waking up in the morning and thinking that dropping out of high school as a complete illiterate and starting your family at 15 just because your mother and grandmother did and that your brothers are in jail or wheelchairs or dead and you don't know whom your father or grandfather is are not societal norms.......... not more excuses.... tough love, no more income transfer and sorry you make bad decisions, you deal with it.... Pavlov figured this out a long time ago..... but of course we are dealing with people that cannot spell Pavlov let alone understand it.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  219. Terry

    Very Divided. And as long as there are your Spike Lees, Al Sharptons, Charles Ranglers, and now to a lesser extent Jesse Jacksons, it will always be so. Because that is what keeps them going. Keeps them in the lime light. They need this. They need the attention. They need to feel wanted and that they are fighting for a great cause. When all they are really doing is stirring the pot, to benefit them. There are some politicians that play this game to, black and white. And the NEWS. They love it. Can't get enough of it. It sales papers, and makes people want to see the six o'clock news. And the President hasn't done much to close the gap...

    April 9, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  220. Orville Thompson

    I think you can rule out Hawaii (for the most part) as regards a racially divided populace. I am a 75 year old caucasian male married for more than 51 years to an American Japanese woman. We have two daughters (now 33 and 36 years old). Both girls were adopted at birth and now have successful careers (one is an Executive Chef, the other is an Air Ambulance Registered Nurse). One of our daughters is caucasian. She has two daughters, One Japanese / caucasian and the other is caucasian / 1/4 African American. She is now married to an American Chinese man. The other daughter is Korean. She is married to a caucasian man from Long Island, New York. She has a son that is Korean / caucasian. I am blessed with children and grand children that are blind to race and Very, Very American! I came to Hawaii in 1959 while serving in the NAVY. Hawaii is a better example of the American "melting pot" and racial equality than any other state or territory.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  221. Burbank from CA

    America is not nearly as racially divided as the media likes to pretend, people getting along with each other don't get Neilsen ratings.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  222. Diane

    We talk about the division, but have we ever asked who perpetuates it – is it the white community or is it the black community. Think about where and who this is all coming from, may answer some questions.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  223. kel from south carolina

    This country will always be divided because everyone has to be classified. Until we all just call ourselves American instead of African-American, Itlian-American etc. By putting people in little boxes, there will always be dislike and distrust between each group. Our founding fathers created the United States of America. The sooner we realize and embrace this, then and only then do we stand a chance of stopping racial and religous bigotry. Semper Fi

    April 9, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  224. sean

    I have never seen the country so scared of other races. Despite massive increase in interracial marriage, including my own, people fear the wrong neighborhood and dare not mention political preference. The way it's divided is odd
    Latinos feel comfortable with whites but not blacks, whites feel more comfortable with asians, its not hate as much as it isdiscomfort and watching every word.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  225. Jeff in San Diego

    I think it depends where you are. The South is still very racially divided and racism seems rampant in areas where there is little to no interaction between races. You don't have to look further than internet message boards to see just how many racists there are in this country. The real sad thing is how many people pride themselves on being racist – even today.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  226. Name*fred

    Our is in a turmoil. We still see people in racial aspect instead of countrymen or neighbors. I believe this is a eternal. Color will always be Americas thorn in its flesh.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  227. ken

    EQUALITY & JUSTICE for the Rich, White and Famous.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  228. Pastor Mike Palevo

    I'll tell you why the country's racial tensions run high! It's manipulated by Jewish element through ACLU, AJC, ADL, AIPAC, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox,etc. The Jews have kept the Holocaust money making scheme going for years. They keep Anti-semetism going strong, and their fingers are in anything Black! They want tensions high! It makes money, just like the Holocaust makes big money reparations! I challenge you to compare Jewish reparations to black reparations!

    April 9, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  229. rc

    Are the people screaming for justice for Trayvon the same people that applauded when OJ was acquitted? Here in lies the the problem to meaningful improvement in race relations in America. Those screaming the loudest are often the most hypocritical.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  230. Marvin O. McClarty, Jr.

    Race relations in America is still an issue our country even after the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States. I remember race being an issue in the 1960s, 70s, and i believed we had made strides over the past few decades, but I am saddened to admit that relations between blacks and whites may never end. I hope one day we, Americans, can live in a country where race isn't an issue and we can truly see one another for who we are individually as opposed to being viewed solely by our race. I pray for America to rid itself of the racial "cancer" that we call racism!

    April 9, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  231. Benjamin, from MN

    America is very divided racially and until interacial marriages becomes a high priority,we are doomed.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  232. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Racial division is working against Americans every day and we can't see past the color of anothers skin.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  233. ciabella

    The more uncertain Americans are about the future of this country, the more you here the partisan comments - Abolish Minimum wage, let's bring the country back to the 1960's coming out of the mouths of the Candidates, the more the racism comes up...Who is making the lower wages, who has the most to loose.....The GOP has made it clear, this is not a country for minorities only those who are "successful and rich"

    April 9, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  234. Chris Oates Albuquerque New Mexico

    I can only speak to my experience which was greatly formed by my parents and my home town of Socorro New Mexico. My parents are from Arkansas and Tennessee and lived through the civil rights movement. My mother is a early elementary educator who teaches children from virtually every race and nationality around the world and my father is a dentist who is the only dentist in an entire county that accepts medicaid, serving anyone and everyone which includes patients who are research scientists, professors and students at New Mexico tech, as well as those of navajo decent who live on reservations. Growing up my best friends included children from Kenya, Ghana, China, Iran, Saudi arabia, Mexico and first generation american born children who's parents came from Egypt , South Africa, Indonesia and countless other countries, as well as kids from Socorro and other pars of te U.S. To this day my best friend is from the same exact place as I am whos parents are from Cairo, Egypt and happen to be sunni muslim. This is just one example of how amazing and great the United States of America is. As CNN has been reporting children have a keen awareness of race at an early age, and I can advocate that this is so very true. I have been fortunate enough to live in a country where children of vastly different cultural societies can learn and grow together by discussing subjects such as religion and race. Since before high school my friends and I have had countless informal theological conversations that simply enhance our understanding of each other's beliefs. These experiences have aided in constructing what might be considered a rare or naive view of the world where cultures and people that are thought to be very different in terms of core beliefs and drives, in fact are not at all. Yes there is a lot wrong in the world and the U.S. but there is glimpses of hope that are more common than the media perceives.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  235. Carl Boyer

    Racial divide is worst since the sixties–it has progressively gotten worst since the end of the draft.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  236. marybeth, massachusetts

    It is not as overtly racially divided as it was before desegregation (1940's & 1950's) but it is still covertly racially divided. I think we pay lip service to equality, when in fact there is anything but equality. It is true that Jim Crow laws have been repealed, that African-Americans can vote (we'll see how all of the changes to voter id laws by republicans work out), get an education, get jobs, go to the same places that whites can. But there is still a racial divide–certain neighborhoods are white, others are black. Several years ago I read about a high school in Georgia that still held two separate proms–one for the white students, one for the black students. I had truly hoped that things would be better after President Obama was elected. I hoped that this was proof that people in this country could look at someone's qualifications and abilities and put that first, before skin color. After the election, seeing and hearing the hatred and bigotry from members of Congress and from the public in general, I realized that for much of the country, they would prefer a return to Jim Crow at a minimum, to segregation (even better), and to slavery (best of all). It makes me sad and worried.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  237. John

    I find that people on the left are far more racist, as that term is actually defined, than people on the right. The left has this perverse attitude that they are the only enlightened group and their view is the only view. They are quite provincial and they are about as far from being color blind as one can be. If anything, the left and especially the media which predominately leans left promote and flame racist views. To be sure, they keep the issue in the forefront daily.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  238. One Nation Under God

    Race is a factor in every day life, but we as a nation must learn to see past a person's skin color. An American in need is an American that we must help. I've served over 3 years of my life in a combat zone and trust me, the enemy can care less about what color skin you have. The Martin shooting situation should be about a crime, not race. We need to wake up, for too long we've sat on the sideline and said nothing about black on black crime.....because we were taught not to "snitch"....black America, I say it's time to say "enough is enough". Put down the guns and let's love one another. When we have differences let's settle them with diginity and respect. May God bless all Americans.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  239. Dennis

    Not as much as the News Media pretends we are. That doesn't make for good headlines. That's all the pretend Journalist's want.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  240. Kj in MI

    We still can't get along as humans. If 12-21-2012 was truly the ending of mankind, maybe peace may finally come

    April 9, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  241. mark trought

    The country needs to have town hall meetings right across its lenght and breadth to discuss racism . Racism is like alcholism it seems no one wants to admit it exist therefore counselling is needed here

    April 9, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  242. Tiniki Taylor

    Is this question even necessary......The daily news shows how racially divided the U.S. is. When a black man can no longer walk down the street to his home without being suspected of being up to no good then the U.S. is drastically racially divided. Racism is a disease that will tear this Country apart and if something is not done sooner rather than later their could be more killings that are racially motivated whether black or white and they will all stem from the response to the "Trayvon Martin" case. This case could cause a war between races and it will only hurt the innocent....case in point: the killing of 3 black men by two white men in Tulsa, OK.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  243. Butch

    I grew up in N.E. Mississippi and moved away (to New Orleans) after graduate school in 1978. I lived there for 30 years before returning to N.E. Mississippi 3 years ago to help take care of my ailing mother. To my utter disappointment, it is still as racist here as when I left. I here the 'N' word on almost a daily basis...often spoken by those who would classify themselves as 'good Christians'. It's a sham and disappointment. I'm white, by the way.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  244. Donny

    As long at we have a TV station that is for blacks only and Miss America that is for blacks only there will be race divisions in this country. Take away those two things and race relations in this country will improve dramatically.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  245. Duke, Sarasota

    I don't think it is that divided, Jack. It's just when these type cases blow up, they go big. People hate injustice, Jack.
    George Zimmerman would not have liked it if white people had accused him of being a mexican gang member hell bent on using his natural tendencies toward protecting "his" turf. See How stereotypes work, Jack?

    April 9, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  246. Corey

    I'm a minority (Alaskan Native), that being said there are plenty of natives that give all native a bad name. Just like with the black population. It doesn't help that a good portion of them cling to the gangster theme. Kids embrace that image. I look back on history and all of the violence and the fighting that black leaders had to go through to get equality. And the kids today have no relevance to those past leaders. They didn't fight so hard so hip-hop and that culture can put a stereo type on all blacks. Those more than white racism I think does more harm the black image. Take for instance you see a young black man with the hip-hop gangster look. Is your first impression, this is a clean cut law abiding kid? Probably no and for good reason. Does it make it so? Absolutely not. Same with Muslims. You see a Muslim and what is your first impression? Is this person radical, a terrorist? It is the perception of the few that affect the many. One could also use a white person as a example. If you see a white ....shall we say rural looking appearance. Is this person a racist red neck? Until different races try to look down on and discourage those stereo types of behavior I feel things won't get any better. FYI not all Native are poor, drunks and uneducated. But because there are those like that I'm forced to live wwith that stereo type as well.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  247. Donaldo in ATL

    No more, no less than throughout our history. What has changed is the Media & 24 Hour TV, who have manufactured stories which tend to divide us and those who profit from this kind of character assassination, they are the usual suspects who show up at events to demand justice, kind of like Batman..however....it is clear their intent is all about how to capitalize on the given situation. If this country is so concerned about racial division, my question would be where are be black leaders addressing the growing black on black crime. By creating this fiction, no one has to pay attention to the real problems, it is a diversion and money in play......sad...but true....

    April 9, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  248. My opinion

    I can't believe people are blaming racism on the media. It wasn't the media that made Zimmerman assume T. Martin was "up to no good". It isn't the media that keeps companies from hiering or promoting women and minorities. And it wasn't the media that draged that guy in TX to death. The media reports on what is going on. if you don't like it, then change your own attitudes and behaviors.

    April 9, 2012 at 4:56 pm |