More from Obama’s “I’m back” tour …

Another theme of former President Obama’s “I’m back” speeches is that there’s a racial divide and that Trump rhetoric is fueling it.

Hard to dispute either of those points.

But, Obama also ballyhoos that things weren’t that way when he served as self-proclaimed Uniter-in-Chief.

That’s where the facts belie the storyline.


Lets drill down…


According to Gallup (chart above), American’s view of race relations bumped along steadily for more than a decade with about 70% of Whites and 60% of Blacks saying that race relations were very or somewhat good.

Then, the numbers started turning down … starting in 2013, deep into Obama’s tenure.

By the time Obama left office, those ratings dropped to roughly 55% for Whites (down at least 15 percentage points) and 45% for Blacks (down 25 percentage points).


Again, things aren’t where they should be … and Trump keeps throwing gasoline on the fire.

But, it sure doesn’t look like former President Obama was swinging any kind of magic wand.


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3 Responses to “More from Obama’s “I’m back” tour …”

  1. LosLobos Says:

    Correlation does not imply causation

  2. Ben R Says:

    Having a black President naturally created more discussion about race. Trump’s racism has inspired a huge spike in racial attacks – for instance a 57% rise in anti-semitic incidents between 2016 and 2017.

  3. Ben R Says:

    Ken, these posts are really sad side. You are an incredible data analyst who is posting garbage analysis to fit your outdated, racist personal beliefs. You are embarrassing yourself and devaluing Georgetown. If you have any brown friends, you should engage them in conversation about these issues. Your perspective is so narrow. Really sad

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