Fifty years after the largest rally for racial justice and equality in United States history, a new poll indicates that African Americans say white people have better chances than blacks to get jobs.
According to a Gallup poll published on Wednesday, 60 percent of blacks believe whites have better chances to get jobs for which they are qualified. The new survey shows that there is no significant difference since the March on Washington in 1963 when 74 percent of African Americans said they thought whites had better job opportunities. The results “suggest some progress on this front in the 50 years since Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous ‘I Have a Dream’ speech laid out his vision of racial equality in the United States,” Pollster Jeffrey Jones wrote. “However, with blacks continuing to feel the odds are stacked against them in hiring, [the results] suggest King’s vision has not been fully realized in this respect,” he added. An earlier poll by Gallup said that black people in the United States are now less satisfied about the way they are treated in the society than they were earlier this summer. The March on Washington, which took place on Aug. 28, 1963, was one of the largest political rallies for human rights in United States history which called for civil and economic equalities for African Americans. However, economic and social gaps between whites and African Americans have widened over the last few decades, according to a Pew study released for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.