Implications of LifeWay poll on race relations challenged

Feb 14, 2021 by

A conservative political scientist contends America was making progress in race relations and Americans were encouraged about that progress … until Barack Obama took office.

A recent poll by LifeWay Research finds only 46% of those surveyed think America has made significant progress on race relations – a 28-point drop from when the same poll was conducted in 2014. In addition, says LifeWay, “most Americans (58%) say race relations in the country grew more strained since the 2016 election of [Donald] Trump as president, while 18% say things have stayed the same and 11% say relations have improved.”

Author and political scientist Dr. Carol Swain says the Left has been pushing a false narrative about Trump over the last four years.

“All of a sudden, everyone who was white and a Trump supporter … became ‘white supremacists’ – and black Trump supporters, some of them were called ‘black white supremacists.’ The media has been obsessed with race because Democrats see it as a way to help get them votes,” Swain tells One News Now.

During Trump’s four years in office, his policies benefited black Americans in numerous ways. Minority unemployment hit all-time lows during his administration; he built wealth into the black community through Opportunity Zones; his “First Step Act” resulted in the first real prison sentencing reform in generations; and his “FUTURE Act” permanently reauthorized hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding for the nation’s 102 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).


Swain says the real culprit behind the strained racial tensions in the U.S. is the man in the Oval Office before Trump: Barack Obama. “Race relations worsened significantly under President Obama,” she states, “and up until that time we were all encouraged that we were making progress.”

According to the former Vanderbilt University professor, Democrats are stoking racial animosity because they are losing the black vote.

“… If they continue to reach out to blacks, [the Republican Party could] really break that stranglehold that Democrats have had on black America,” she adds.

The New York Post reported the day after the 2020 presidential election that Trump – and Republicans nationwide – made “unprecedented inroads” with black and Hispanic voters. “Nationally, preliminary numbers indicated that 26% of Trump’s voting share came from nonwhite voters – the highest percentage for a GOP presidential candidate since 1960,” said the Post.

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