Beyond ,,black & white” … Happy Bday, Mr. Obama!

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A global society defined by discussions about equality, diversity, global interaction, freedom of movement, color-blind attitudes.

8 years of Presidency for the first African American to occupy the Oval Office. Today is his 55th birthday and it’s interesting to see that Obama’s election, in 2008, showed that there’s still work to do in terms of public acceptance when it comes to ,,first times”. We are still reading about ,,racial crimes” and slogans such as ,,black lives matter” are pushing through media titles.

A survey conducted by Pew Research Center (published in June 27, 2016), showed that:

  • ,,Whites and blacks are split over the current state of race relations and what progress Obama has made on the issue. About six-in-ten blacks (61%) say race relations are generally bad, while about equal shares of whites say race relations are good as say they’re bad.
  • About six-in-ten Americans (61%) say more changes are needed to achieve racial equality; 30% say the country has already made enough changes.
    • About four-in-ten blacks (43%) are doubtful that the country willever make the changes needed for blacks to have equal rights with whites. Just 11% of whites and 17% of Hispanics share this view.
  • By large margins, black adults are more likely than whites to say that blacks are treated less fairly than whites across key areas of American life.
  • About four-in-ten Americans express support for the Black Lives Matter movement, but blacks are considerably more likely to do so than whites or Hispanics.
  • Across several measures, black-white gaps in social and economic well-being persist.

In this context, this poster – „Help Keep Your School All American” (1940s – 50s), is more than relevant for the current state of play.