Today marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech at the March on Washington. At least 250,000 people rallied at the march in 1963, making it one of the largest political rallies in the United States.
In a recent poll conducted by Quinnipiac University, 1,589 Virginia adults were surveyed. Of that 1,589, 45 percent say that people are mainly judged on the color of their skin and 44% percent say that people are judged on the content of their character.
Don’t let that be discouraging though.
The poll also shows that 60 percent of adults in the state believe that one day people will be judged predominantly on their character, while only 30 percent of people believe they’ll be judged on skin color.
The interviews were conducted over the phone from Aug. 14 to 19, with a sampling margin error of plus-or-minus 2.5 percentage points.
“… Black and white Virginians are strongly divided on whether we have overcome and whether we shall overcome,” Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac Polling Institute, stated in a press release.
Fifty-three percent of white Virginians say that people today are judged on the content of an individual’s character, and 37 percent say they are judged by skin color. In the future, people have become more optimistic; 66 percent of white Virginians state that their children will be living in a nation where people are judged on their character, while 23 percent say they will be judged on skin color.
However, 71 percent of black Virginians say that people today are judged on their skin color, while only 19 percent say people are judged on the content of their character. Looking to the future, 54 percent of black Virginians stated that their children will live in a nation where they will be judged on skin color, but 41 percent believe that people will be judged on the content of their character.
The poll interviewed both men and women in all age groups.