Opinion of Zimmerman Verdict Has Big Racial Divide, Research Shows

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The American public is very divided over the outcome of the recent George Zimmerman trial and the topic of race the trial has brought up.

According to Pew Research, the American public is very divided over the outcome of the recent George Zimmerman trial and the topic of race the trial has brought up. In general, nearly the same numbers of Americans agree with the not guilty verdict as disagree with it (39 percent vs. 42 percent with nearly 20 percent with no opinion), and 52 percent say race is getting more attention in this case than it deserves. 36 percent say the case raises important issues about race that need to be discussed.

That said, African Americans express a clear and strong reaction to the case and its meaning: By an 86 percent to 5 percent margin, blacks are dissatisfied with Zimmerman’s acquittal in the death of Trayvon Martin. And nearly eight-in-ten blacks say the case raises important issues about race that need to be discussed. Among whites, more are satisfied (49 percent) than dissatisfied (30 percent) with the outcome of the Zimmerman trial. Just 28 percent of whites say the case raises important issues about race, while twice as many (60 percent) say the issue of race is getting more attention than it deserves.

Read more about this research here.

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  • Sendit87

    Why, Why do you post this stuff?????

  • batangpaslit

    and so…?

  • Hilda

    Here’s an analogy I use in the anti racism work I do. The chicken n pig passed a. Sign in a restaurant window saying free ham n eggs. Being a conscientious community member the chicken said to the pig come lets make our contribution. For some it’s a contribution w no commitment or pain for others it’s your all, the whole hog.whites have an option to contribute n at what extent or cost sacrifice.

    There was a poor white guy asked would rather be white or Oprah Winfrey he said white! It’s real clear to me why he made that choice. His opportunity to acquire resources was better than living as a black w resources already in hand.

    Rev Hilda m Campbell

    • amos8

      What? You lost me.

  • Hilda

    Black folks face issues of oppression every day, no options, white folk can choose to if they want, an at what level or extent. A chicken can lay an egg and continue to live, if the pig give you ham it means he has to die.

  • DJ

    Mr A said to Mr B…”why do you complain so much, all you have is a tiny rock in your shoes”.
    Mr B said ” You will never know how it feels , i have walked with it all my life and its now a tiny rock and a blister that i am dealing with.

    If you cannot reason,rationalize or identify with the plight of black or brown people, it’s better to keep quiet than to try to diminish it.
    May you never experience the Cumulative effect of the psychological trauma and abuse black folks go through.

    Part of the backlash is the so called crime and drug dealing. Though I do not condone this behavior, it is one of the monsters which a racist and abusive society has created.

    If you cannot see Trayvon’s as a child, as your son, you are racist. Especially if you trully are a parent.
    If you cannot see why Zimmerman even had to stand Trial, you are racist.
    If you think Zimmerman should walk and not bag even an involuntary manslaughter sentence……guess what u are?

    I pray that the human part of you,that is truly of God is rekindled to behave and pursue the ways of God.