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Faith in the United States' race relations hits a strikingly low point after no indictment verdicts

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By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
12/17/2014 (4 years ago)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)

Postive outlooks for race relations in the United States isn't commonly found today.

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." Those are the words of Martin Luther King, Jr, a man who fought long and hard for a better today.

57 percent of American's say race relations in the United States are bad, according to the latest NBC News/ Wall Street Journal poll.

57 percent of American's say race relations in the United States are bad, according to the latest NBC News/ Wall Street Journal poll.

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LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - A land where discrimination no longer prevails is a reality that seems no longer in reach for many Americans today.

57 percent of American's say race relations in the United States are bad and nearly a quarter classify the condition of the country's current racial issues as "very bad,"  according to the latest NBC News/ Wall Street Journal poll.

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This is a dramatic and alarming decrease from just 18 months ago. In July 2013, 52 percent of Americans had an optimistic and positive view on race relations.

After President Barack Obama was elected as the first black president, 77 percent of American's gave a positive assessment on race relations.

The focus on race-related fights and battles throughout the United States has catapulted in recent months.

In just under a month's period, two unarmed black men were killed at the hands of white police officers and both cases became national news.

After a no indictment ruling following the case in the recorded death of Eric Garner in Staten Island, faith and trust in the justice system began to dwindle.

Upon a no indictment for the case in Ferguson, Missouri, outrage was awoken and faith in the legal system remained minuscule.

As negative outlooks on racial relations reach a new high, protests surrounding the Ferguson and Sta

As negative outlooks on racial relations reach a new high, protests surrounding the Ferguson and Staten Island cases peak.


75 percent of black Americans said the Ferguson case hurt their faith in the legal process.

As long as controversy remains high amongst all races, the future for race relations in the United States doesn't look promising.

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