Martin Berger

Racial tensions have always been and remain one of the most pressing problems in the United States. Native tribes in America were the first victims of the widespread racism, though their place was soon taken by the black population of the states.

Even when the first black president in the US history took office in January 2009, racial discrimination remained one of the most burning problems of modern America. It’s hardly a surprise that numerous American human rights activists, observers, and experts have long been sounding the alarm regarding this. They argue that the legal immunity that police officers have been enjoying in dealing with Americans and the uncontrolled growth of racist attitudes may result in tragedy. One gets the impression that US authorities haven’t learned anything from the events of Ferguson and several other US cities. Therefore, the latest events in Dallas look like a logical development in a country where racism is an omnipresent reality. Moreover, this situation makes all the claims that the US is a modern-day “beacon of democracy” laughable at best.

A recent Reuters poll paints a particularly depressing picture of the US electorate’s opinions on race. It shows that there’s a common belief that one race is superior to another, and these views are being expressed in large numbers. In particular, the survey makes clear that it’s also not all that much harder to find racists among the general population, including those who want to see Clinton in the White House: all you have to do is ask.

However, these facts don’t sound surprising if we are to remember that white supremacists from California were among most ardent supporters of the idea that Hillary should have become the US Secretary of State, the Huffington Post notes.