A new poll shows that only 1 in 10 African Americans think the United States has achieved racial equality 50 years after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr, the leader in the US civil rights movement from 1954 through 1968.
Three-quarters of blacks said there has been little or no progress on fair treatment by police, and more than half answered the same about fair coverage by the media, equal economic opportunities and political representation, according to the survey by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
Just 34 percent of blacks said there has been a lot of progress made toward equality in voting rights, the high point for perceived progress for all of Americans in the poll.
Another 29 percent said there has been at least some progress.
Currently, things are steadily “going on a quick downward spiral,” said Stephanie Sutton, a 42-year-old black housewife from Silver Spring, Maryland. “Inequality…