The nation is suffering another spike in racial conflict with President Barack Obama in the White House, according to a new CNN poll.
The new poll shows that 49 percent of respondents answered yes when asked, “Is racism a big problem in America today?” That’s up from 28 percent in 2011 and 41 percent in 1995, according to CNN.
The alarm over racial issues has grown faster among African-Americans and Latinos than among whites with 66 percent of blacks, 64 percent of Hispanics, and 43 percent of whites now saying “racism” is a big problem, according to CNN.
The new CNN poll of 1,951 adults was conducted from Aug. 25 to Oct. 3, amid continuing media coverage of Obama’s support for African-American race-activists in universities and cities around the nation, and amid growing media coverage of the high-stakes 2016 election.
Before the 2012 election, Obama raised racial conflicts by putting himself and his attorney general, Eric Holder, behind the demand by black activists for a trial of George Zimmerman, the part-Hispanic neighborhood-watch volunteer in Florida who shot a black youth in self-defense.
Shortly after the killing, the local police had announced there would be no arrest or trial.
But Obama intervened in the Florida case. ”When I think about this boy, I think about my own kids… If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon,” Obama announced in March, shortly after he sent federal investigators to pressure local law-enforcement officials over Zimmerman.
Obama made that statement during a year when African-American unemployment was at least 12.1 percent and shortly before he announced a quasi-amnesty for almost one million illegal migrants, many of whom compete against African-Americans for lower-skilled jobs.
By November, Obama managed to spike African-American voter turnout rate above white turnout out for the first time ever. That record turnout helped Obama win the states of Ohio and Florida.
After the election, in July 2013, Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder charges, and Obama subsequently ignored the episode.
Since August 2014, Obama has allied with the “Black Lives Matter” movement, which argues that state and local police forces treat African-Americans unfairly, despite the much greater crime-rate among African-Americans.
According to a 2011 federal report, young African-American men are only 1 percent of the population, yet they commit 27 percent of the murders.
Obama has also slashed at GOP leaders and candidate for opposing his amnesty plans and his plans to bring in more unskilled Muslim migrants from the chaotic cultures of the Middle East and the country of Myanmar.
Other polls have shown racial conflict rising throughout Obama’s tenure. In 2009, only 20 percent of whites and 30 percent of blacks told Hart Research Associates that race relations were very or fairly bad. In July 2013, the same pollster showed that 45 percent of whites and 58 percent of African-Americans said that race relations were very or fairly bad.
A 2009 poll showed that 79 percent of whites and 63 percent of blacks had a positive view of race relations. The 2013 poll’s positive numbers dropped to 52 percent of whites and 38 percent of blacks.