Racial divide expected to persist in US
Obama presidency not likely to shift views for years
Whether Barack Obama has moved the country toward greater racial harmony – in substance as well as in symbol — might not be answered until long after his unprecedented presidency has ended. Recent surveys by the Associated Press and university researchers showed that 51 percent of Americans express explicit antiblack attitudes, compared with 48 percent in 2008. The study also found that 56 percent of Americans harbor implicit antiblack attitudes, compared with 49 percent four years ago.