Barack Obama Is The First African American President Essay

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Barack Obama is the first African-American President in the Unites States. According to NBC News, in 2013 a poll indicated 52% of Americans had a positive view towards race relations. Throughout the first term of President Obama, about seven in ten Americans stated the issue with race relations was good. Shortly after President Obama was elected as President for the first term, 77% of Americans gave a positive assessment on the issue.
However, during President Obama’s second term of office, there has been a dramatic increase in racial discontent. Race relations is a sensitive subject for people all across the United States. “African Americans now rank race relations as the most important issue facing the country.” (Calfas, 2015) In June of 2015, 13% of African-Americans voted that race relations is the biggest issue in America, only 4% of white Americans agreed. Polls have also found that the way law enforcement is perceived, differs between white Americans and African-Americans. “The poll found 68% of African-Americans believe the American criminal justice system is racially biased; 37% of whites said the same.” (Calfas, 2015)
The Trayvon Martin case is the catalyst that has caused the coalescence on present day race relations. Trayvon Martin was a 17 year old black male. Martin looked “suspicious” to a white-Hispanic neighborhood watch volunteer. Trayvon Martin had gone to a convenience store and bought skittles and an iced tea. He was walking home from the store and…

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