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Let's talk about race

Stories about racial tensions have dominated domestic news coverage the past few weeks. Controversy surrounded claims of racism within theTea Party ranks Video. And this week, Shirley Sherrod -- the former USDA official who was forced to resign from her job based on incomplete and misleading reports of a speech -- has dominated headlines and discussions.

Also, a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Thursday finds that 59 percent of black respondents think that race relations will always be a problem. That figure is back up to pre-Obama levels last measured in 2005, and is 14 points higher than last year. The number of whites who think race relations will always be a problem is also up -- from 42 percent last year to 47 percent now.

What do you think? What do you think about the state of race relations today? How have you gotten past your own prejudices to find common ground with people? Have things improved or not? What do you think about the state of race relations today?