HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- A new poll from Quinnipiac University asked people in Virginia if they believe they are judged by the color of their skin, or by the content of their character.
The poll revealed some sharp divisions.
45 percent of Virginians thought they were judged mainly on their skin color, while 44 percent thought their character shapes others views.
A local historian said the numbers are changing, but work is still left to be done.
A statistic about what lies ahead for the future shows 60 percent of Virginians thought their kids will be judged mostly on character, but the difference between races is high.
53 percent of white Virginians chose character while 71 percent of black Virginians said skin color.
A local historian said times have changed toward less discrimination, but equality issues still exist.
"As African Americans take positions in leadership positions in government, business, and in entertainment, whites have grown comfortable with that, but still the economic questions remain," said Dr. Steven Reich, a JMU history professor.
Reich referred to the disparities that exist in wealth between whites and African Americans.
He said equality in this regard was a major component of Dr. King's speech that is often overlooked and still has not been achieved.
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