Poll: 70% Of African Americans Believe MLK's Dream Not Yet Realized

| by Edward Arnold
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"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character," Martin Luther King Jr. declared to America in 1963.

While much progress has been made since then, a new NBC News/WSJ poll found that a full seven in ten African-Americans believe that dream has not been realized. They still believe that race is a defining factor in how people are judged.

The survey showed that while a majority of Americans agree that people are judged by the “content of their character” regardless of race, only 29 percent of African-Americans and 45 percent of Hispanics agree.

Additionally, a Reuters poll found that a majority of Americans think they are safe from unjust law enforcement but the minority community thinks otherwise.

Specifically, 69 percent of African-Americans and a majority of Latinos think that police officers tend to unfairly target minorities.

The nation has been hit with a nationwide movement addressing racial disparities and law enforcement after the police shootings of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri and New York. Police departments across the country have aimed to bring transparency by having their officers wear body cameras.

Sources: NBC News/WSJReuters / Photo Credit: BBC