New polls: Zimmerman verdict divides Americans along racial lines

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  • SCfan clearfield, UT
    July 23, 2013 11:26 a.m.

    The trouble with this case was it was not one for the civil rights community to hang its hat on. If a huge group of black Americans wanted a guilty verdict, it was because they wanted vengance, not justice. Anyone who looks at the Zimmerman trial and acknowledges the evidence will see that in no way was there NOT "reasonable doubt". This was a murder trial and a jury had to see evidence beyond reasonable doubt to send a man to prison for murder. The jury did their job. It is very troubling that so large a portion of the black community didn't want the system to work. Obama should address that issue, because it will inform juries, justice, and the entire legal system in America if it is not addressed. I would love to know if Obama (supposedly a law school grad) thinks Zimmerman should have been convicted. Sad, but I believe he does. I wonder if Holder does too.

  • jsf Centerville, UT
    July 23, 2013 9:20 a.m.

    10CC not to belittle your experiences but what do I get to attribute my son's being pulled over more than 50 times in a three year period. No time was he issued a ticket, driving family cars. DWW?

  • Beverly Eden, UT
    July 23, 2013 9:14 a.m.

    Look closely at the research from the National Institute of Justice. 52% of the people in America's prisons are African American. African Americans make up just under 13% of the U.S. population. Only 5% of the people in prison are women, and half of the 13% are women - so 6.5% is making up 50+% of those in prison. Keep in mind, one third (33%) of the 13% of African Americans are children under the age of 18. If the U.S. Department of Justice figures are correct, we have just over 4% of America's population accounting for 50% of those in prison.
    Our decisions, driven by fear and retribution, have led to longer and longer prison sentences. Instead of looking for solutions to this problem, we continue to place more and more African American males in prison. It cost more to send a person to prison than it costs to send a person to BYU. We push for harsher punishments, blame the "liberal courts" and fail to address the actual causes.

  • Willie Saint George, UT
    July 23, 2013 7:34 a.m.

    By design, and in step with the goals of the current administration, they are using any situation possible to push their agenda. The purpose of forcing GZ to be charged in this incident was to initiate marches and possible riots across the US to keep racial tension alive. Even though they had to make stuff up to get to this point, it worked. Instead of having a president taking charge to stop the rally's and marches, he is actually helping to keep them fueled. It's been a very disturbing display of inept leadership by Barack Obama. But it's all part of their playbook.

  • SoCalChris Riverside, CA
    July 22, 2013 10:30 p.m.

    I believe the real divide is along party lines for some strange reason. The stats in this piece appear to back that up. It seems to me that the dissatisfied vs satisfied breakdown roughly parallels the split between liberal and conservative in each of the racial groups.

  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    July 22, 2013 9:25 p.m.

    My wife is African American, and I have 3 sons who are biracial. They've all had encounters with the police that can only be described using the common African American euphemism, "DWB", or "driving while black". Even their white friends exclaim that they've done the same things, in front of police, and not been pulled over.

    In conversing with other African Americans, this phenomenon is widespread (although thankfully we no longer have lynchings, so that is progress).

    White America (including myself) do not experience what African Americans go through, but I see it through my family, and there is definitely a difference.

  • TimeHasCome King, WA
    July 22, 2013 7:59 p.m.

    Great and timely article . I will be the first to say it . The black/white relationship is gone . As much as I dislike quoting Vladimir Lenin sometimes he is correct . He said " There are decades where nothing changes and then there are weeks where decades change ". Folks last week was one of those weeks . This country is deeply divided the numbers prove that out.
    We live in a minority area outside of Utah . The grocery store where my wife shops and has been shopping for years has changed. I now must accompany my wife because she is afraid . It's the little things , like stares or blocking the aisle or the checkers refusing to check her out . Anecdotal you say? Hardly this is going on all across this once great country.