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April 11, 2012 (The Washington Post)

Trayvon Martin case: Poll finds stark racial divide

African Americans and whites have starkly different views about the circumstances surrounding the shooting of Trayvon Martin and the” stand your ground” law at the root of the controversy, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

According to the new poll, 55 percent of all Americans think blacks and other minorities do not receive equal treatment with whites in the criminal justice system. About half of whites say minorities are not treated equitably, a figure that spikes far higher — to more than eight in 10 — among African Americans.

“Criminal justice has really become the flash point for discussions about race and social justice in America,” said Marc Mauer, executive director of The Sentencing Project. “Regardless of where one comes out, the depth of the response and the emotion is clearly an indication that these issues touch very deeply.”

The full article can be viewed here.

Issue Area(s): Racial Disparity