5. America's shifting views on racial discrimination
A growing number of Americans — 41%— believe "racial discrimination is the main reason black people can't get ahead" in society, per a Pew Research report published this fall. This is up from 32% in 1994.
When presented with the statement: "Racial discrimination is the main reason why many black people can't get ahead these days," the participants who agreed were:
- 39% of Democrats and 26% of Republicans, in 1994.
- 64% of Democrats and 14% of Republicans, in 2017.