The Trayvon Martin case has highlighted issues relating to the treatment of blacks by local police departments, the state of race relations in the U.S. and press coverage of African Americans. Pew Research Center surveys in recent years have covered the opinions of African Americans on these and other issues.
A survey in 2009 found that while African Americans had a positive overall assessment of the state of race relations in the country, just 14% of them said they had a great deal of confidence in local police officers to treat blacks and whites equally, compared to 38% of whites.
The same survey found that 43% of Africans Americans said that there is a lot of discrimination against blacks, compared with just 13% of whites.
Nearly six-in-ten (58%) African Americans said that news coverage of blacks was too negative; just 31% of whites said that coverage of blacks was too negative, according to a survey conducted in 2010.
The Trayvon Martin killing controversy was the public’s most-followed story during the March 22-25 period. African Americans were more than twice as likely as whites to say that this was their top story (52% vs. 20%).
MORE via Blacks’ Views of Law Enforcement, Racial Progress and News Coverage of Race – Pew Research Center.
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