ARICANGLOBE – “African Americans have a mostly shared and sharply negative reaction to the shooting of Trayvon Martin and the not-guilty verdict in the resulting George Zimmerman trial, while Whites are far more divided, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll,” Jon Cohen reported Monday for the Post.
“At least eight in 10 African Americans say the shooting of the Florida teenager was unjustified, recoil at the verdict in the trial and want the shooter, George Zimmerman, tried in federal court for violating Trayvon Martin’s civil rights.
“On the Martin shooting in particular, the racial gaps are extremely wide. . . .”
The Pew Research Center released similar findings.
“African Americans express a clear and strong reaction to the case and its meaning: By an 86% to 5% margin, Blacks are dissatisfied with Zimmerman’s acquittal in the death of Trayvon Martin,” the center said Monday. “And nearly eight-in-ten Blacks (78%) say the case raises important issues about race that need to be discussed.
Among Whites, more are satisfied (49%) than dissatisfied (30%) with the outcome of the George Zimmerman trial. Just 28% of Whites say the case raises important issues about race, while twice as many (60%) say the issue of race is getting more attention than it deserves.
“Not only do reactions to the outcome of the case vary widely across racial lines, but overall interest levels also are very different. When asked, in a separate survey, what recent news story they are talking about with friends and family, 63% of Blacks volunteer the Zimmerman trial compared with 42% of Whites. Nearly six-in-ten African Americans (58%) say they followed news about the verdict and reactions to the case very closely compared with 34% of Whites. . . .”
Meanwhile, the Root reposted an April 2012 piece by Edward Wyckoff Williams, who wrote, “On last week’s episode of This Week on ABC, Washington Post columnist George Will said that despite the Trayvon tragedy, ‘150 Black men are killed every week in this country,’ and ‘about 94 percent of them by other Black men.’
“Will parroted arguments made by many conservatives, his intended point being that Black-on-Black crime remains the real problem our nation should address. The half-truth he spoke went curiously unchallenged by the panel — including former White House adviser Van Jones — largely because the meta-narrative of Black-on-Black violence is widely accepted in journalistic and political circles.”
But, Williams noted, “What Will, [Shelby] Steele and [Bill] O’Reilly failed to mention is the exacting truth that White Americans are just as likely to be killed by other Whites. According to Justice Department statistics [pdf], 84 percent of White people killed every year are killed by other Whites.