Systemic Racism Policy - Political Parties and Stances

The topic of racial discrimination, particularly among those of African descent, is, unfortunately, a common thread throughout the historical tapestry of American society. From the establishment of the United States of America in 1776, both black men and women alike have faced prejudice based on the color of their skin. This has caused something referred to as institutional racism/systemic racism, which is a form of racism that is embedded in the laws and regulations of a society or an organization. Neither Democrats nor Republicans are in favor of systemic racism. However the issue at hand is whether equality has been reached or not. About seven-in-ten Republicans (71%) say the U.S. has made a lot of progress over the last 50 years in ensuring equal rights for all Americans, regardless of their racial or ethnic backgrounds, while just 29% of Democrats say this. A 61% majority of Democrats say a little progress has been made to ensure equality among Americans of all racial and ethnic backgrounds. So, while systemic racism has continued to be eradicated due to the strides taken by both Republicans and Democrats, the debate as to whether more can be done to obtain equality is still being debated by Democrats and Republicans. A Hidden Common Ground survey by Public Agenda and USA TODAY in July 2021 showed a stark partisan divide over whether addressing racism requires systemic change. A majority of Democrats (88%) agreed that overcoming racism requires fundamental changes to laws and institutions compared with 46% of Republicans who felt the same.

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