The Post-Civil Rights Era
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It is a matter of fact that the status of African Americans has improved significantly. During the Civil Rights Movement, only 18% of whites claimed they had black friends. This is not the case today as over 86% of whites claim they have black friends. At the same time, 87% of blacks claim they have at least a white friend (Thernstrom & Thernstrom, 1988). The ability of African Americans to foster friendships with their white counterparts is a clear indication that their status in the society has improved. During the 1960s, most whites believed that blacks were primitive, thus could not live with them .