Amid National Reckoning, Americans Divided on Whether Increased Focus on Race Will Lead to Major Pol
OCTOBER 6, 2020
Members of Black Lives Matters are joined by hundreds of others during an evening protest. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
More Black adults now say the country has work to do to address racial inequality; attitudes of White adults largely unchanged since 2019
A series of high-profile incidents of police violence against Black Americans in recent months, including the killing of George Floyd and the shooting of Jacob Blake, have sparked nationwide protests, renewed calls for the removal of Confederate symbols and produced public condemnations of systemic racism from lawmakers, corporations, sports leagues and others. Yet many Americans are skeptical that this moment of racial reckoning will lead to major changes in the United States, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.
The public is about evenly split on whether the increased focus on issues of race and racial inequality in the country in the past three months will lead to major policy changes to address racial inequality (48% say it will and 51% say it will not). A sizable share (46%) say this will not lead to changes that will improve the lives of Black people. And while a majority say the heightened attention to racial issues represents a change in the way most Americans think about these issues, just 34% say this represents a major change.