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"Martin Luther King, Jr. famously endorsed a colorblind society where people would “not be judged by the color of their skin,” but he did so in an era when blatant prejudice was far more common than it is now. Colorblind approaches today may be problematic, especially because they often involve the denial of real barriers that minorities continue to face. Striking a balance between ensuring equal treatment while helping to surmount existing barriers remains a challenge in the establishment of civil rights legislation...Nevertheless, positive shifts in American attitudes toward Blacks since the passage of civil rights laws in [the] 1960s have been documented, moving from majority endorsement of segregation and beliefs in the inferior ability of Blacks to a majority electing its first Black president in Barack Obama."

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