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July 23, 2013
Florida Poll: Race Relations Continue as an Unsettling Challenge
We don't know whether race relations in America are as intractable as they sometimes seem. We certainly hope not and, in fact, doubt it. But occasional stories like Townhall.com's report on a poll taken in Florida after a jury acquitted George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin are unsettling. Apart from the Zimmerman verdict itself, 53 percent of those polled by Viewpoint Florida "answered that race relations have deteriorated since (President) Obama's inauguration, with only 10 percent saying they've improved." 

This is truly disheartening as well as, we'd imagine, a sobering message to the President himself. The public relations/communication and, likely, economic aspects of race evidently remain one of America's key challenges. 

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Doug Bedell has a background in journalism and PR and is the owner of Resource Relations LLC in Central PA, focusing on organizational and crisis communication. He’s the community manager of SimplyFair.net, a social network on fairness. On the Web, Doug’s at www.ResourceRelations.com. On Twitter, he’s @DougBeetle.
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