Blacks And Whites Agree Race Relations Are Bad, Cops Should Be Charged
In new polls released by Pew and the New York Times/CBS, Americans are agreed on race
The former draws a fairly obvious conclusion: more than 60 percent of Americans, both black and white, believe relations are deeply strained, up from 44 percent last August, when 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson. That whites and blacks are in rough agreement is rather unusual. Just a few months ago, when 58 percent of blacks said relations were poor, only 35 percent of whites agreed.
Similarly, in December, after the decision was made to not indict Darren Wilson, according Pew, 80 percent of blacks thought that was the wrong decision, while 50 percent of whites thought it was the right one. That same month, the decision made to not charge the officers involved in the chokehold death of Eric Garner. Perhaps because there was video evidence, 57 percent of whites thought this was the wrong decision, putting more than half of them in agreement with blacks, 90 percent of whom said the same thing.
As whites and blacks concur that race relations are worsening, so too are they arriving at the same rough position regarding punishment for officers. According to Pew, 78 percent of blacks agree with the recent decision to charge the officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray. 60 percent of whites think it’s the right decision, too.