UPDATE: The results are in. 52% of voters said yes, and 48% said no, to the question, “Do you believe that racism is a major issue in the USA right now?” There were 134 votes in the poll.
Several stories in the news today are generating discussion to whether or not racism is still a major issue in the United States.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam says he is not in a racist picture that appears on his page of the 1984 Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook and has no plans to resign.
Actor Liam Neeson says he’s ashamed to admit he had violent thoughts about killing a black person after learning that someone close to him had been raped.
Neeson says that after being told the attacker was black, he “went up and down areas with a cosh (stick or truncheon)” hoping a black person “would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something, you know? So that I could kill him.”
A principal in the Southern York County School District is taking heat for dressing in blackface during a staff training event.
Lisa Boyer, the principal of Friendship Elementary School, had her staff play a game based on the television show “Family Feud.” Boyer dressed up as host Steve Harvey.
A photo taken by a teacher five months ago and recently leaked on Twitter shows Boyer in a man’s suit, a costume cap to cover her hair, and makeup to darken her skin color.
Vote on our non-scientific poll to let us know if you believe racism is a major issue in the United States right now.