A recent New York Times/CBS News poll showed that Americans generally have a negative impression of the state of race relations, noteworthy after tragedies around the nation, including at a church in Charleston, SC. Approximately 6 in 10 respondents thought race relations in the U.S. were generally bad. Significantly, 68 percent of African-American respondents said this, which is a 25-point swing for the worse on this question over the last three years.
However, regarding their own communities, respondents had a more positive perspective. Seventy-seven percent thought race relations in their community were generally good. Also, 73 percent said they were at least somewhat comfortable talking about race with someone of another race.
Earlier this year, the National Religious Broadcasters Board of Directors, a body of approximately a hundred key leaders among Christian communicators, unanimously approved a Resolution stating, “NRB denounces any form of racial or ethnic discrimination and hatred.”
The NRB Board’s Resolution also expressed “thanks that through salvation, believers from every race and ethnicity are all one in Christ,” and it urged NRB members “to embrace equality and reconciliation, specifically being mindful in neighbor love and ministry partnerships to reach across racial and ethnic lines that have divided too many for too long.”
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations
Published: July 31, 2015