A new survey shows that white people in the United States approve of police officers hitting people in far greater numbers than Blacks and Hispanics do. The General Social Survey, which is conducted at the independent research organization NORC at the University of Chicago, showed that 70% of the white people polled said they can imagine a situation in which they would approve of a police officer striking an adult male citizen.
According to the Associated Press, when asked the same question, just 42 percent of blacks and 38 percent of Hispanics said they could.
What I find amazing is that 42% of Black people said they could imagine it as well. I’m not so surprised at the white people findings, because white people are just gonna be white people. It’s just a reality we have to face nowadays. Racist white people aren’t going anywhere. But to that 42% of Black people, y’all get the gas face.
“Whites are significantly more likely to give police officers the benefit of the doubt, either because they have never had an altercation with a police officer or because they tend to see the police as allies in the fight against crime,” said Ronald Weitzer, a George Washington University sociology professor who has studied race and policing in the U.S. and internationally.
Now what’s the excuse for the Black people involved in the poll? Were they all ‘new blacks’?
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