It is said that perception is reality. Consider this perception: 88% of Americans who claim to be affiliated with the Tea Party Movement believe that if African-Americans would work hard like other immigrant groups, it would put them on an equal socio-economic level with the rest of America. 56% of all Americans have these same perceptions.
In this “post-racial” America these type of numbers reflect how mis-informed so many of us are about the factors that affect group mobility in this country. As a nation we still have much teaching to do in order to change these grossly over-simplified, incorrect perceptions that make second-class citizenship a continued reality for large portions of our society.