Foundation Launches Groundbreaking Effort to Achieve Racial Equality

Articles | February 1 2016
Racial tensions between communities of color and police, and other high-profile, racially charged events in recent years have changed Americans’ views on racial progress, according to a new analysis of polls on racial views.

A significant change has been the sharp uptick among whites – more than ever before — acknowledging that racism persists, with 53 percent of whites in 2015 saying that more changes need to be made to achieve racial equality, compared to 39 percent in 2014, according to a Pew Research Center poll. By contrast, the numbers for blacks rose from 79 to 86 percent, and from 54 percent to 70 percent for Hispanics.

“Exposure has highlighted the public’s need to deal with racism,” said Dr. Gail Christopher, who will become vice president of a new Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation initiative, a multimillion-dollar effort led by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation whose goal is to help communities better understand and address racism and heal divides. Read more here.