With the possible exception of the civil rights era, Michael Tesler, [UCI associate professor, political science], says, “there’s never been this monumental and swift a change” [in Americans’ racial attitudes] since the invention of modern opinion polling. The transformation can be seen in every population group, including conservatives and people of color. But it is mostly being driven by white progressives, whose views on some racial questions are now more liberal than those of Black people. The rapid shift has created tensions, including at VMI.
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