The first three years of the Trump presidency saw a gentle easing of racial tensions in America, interrupted by a three month setback following the Charlottesville fiasco. The interracial killing in Georgia is going to erase those polling gains like coronavirus erased the Trump administration’s market gains. As in the Trayvon Martin killing, blacks and goodwhites will bray for blood that the law will prevent them from getting. There will come a time when American jurisprudence breaks down entirely, but we’re not there yet.
Utilizing data from Gallup, the following graphs show how whites, blacks, and Hispanics have perceived racial relations over time between whites and blacks, between whites and Hispanics, and between blacks and Hispanics, respectively:
The consensus among all three groups is that white-black tensions are the worst, black-Hispanic tensions the best, and white-Hispanic tensions in between.
It used to be common to hear conservatives talk about how the real racial hatred in the country was between blacks and Hispanics. “Gangs, schoolyards, South Central–they fight over all of it” they’d assert, shaking their heads. That isn’t heard much anymore.
After four centuries sharing a country, half of whites and over half of blacks think relations between whites and blacks are bad–and things are likely to get significantly worse in the near future. Guess we’re just not blaming rednecks and white fragility enough. We’ll have to try more of that.