Nearly 90% Of Blacks Believe Police Treat Their Race Unfairly


A new national survey shows sharp differences between the way blacks and whites view the treatment of blacks by police, reports the Tallahassee Democrat. Some 88 percent of blacks believe black people are treated unfairly by police, compared with 59 percent of whites, said the poll commissioned by the National Bar Association, an organization of black lawyers and judges. In the South, the differences are starker, with 90 percent of blacks but just 55 percent of whites holding that view. In the Northeast, the gap is much narrower: 74 percent of blacks say police treat blacks unfairly compared to 63 percent of whites.

The poll was conducted during a heated summer of debate about police treatment of blacks, especially young black men. “Our national conversation about race has been going on for a long time, and it's encouraging to see signs of progress,” said Tallahassee lawyer Benjamin Crump, president of the group. “However, 50 years of conversation is too long without seeing more movement and, to a certain extent, regression. This survey shows that clearly there remains work to be done.”

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