Yesha Callahan

New Poll Shows Majority of White People Are OK With Cops Striking Black People

Screen Shot 2015-04-06 at 11.40.46 AMA 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’?

Image Credits: AP/Getty Images

  1. April 6, 2015 - Reply

    What was the actual question? A cop does have the right to use force to secure an arrest. That is simply the law. The controversy comes in defining appropriate levels of force or searches. The other issue is white willingness to tolerate police enforcing minor infractions of the law on black people, like tickets for riding a bicycle on sidewalks or jaywalking, at levels that they would never tolerate if applied to themselves.

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  2. April 6, 2015 - Reply

    “because they tend to see the police as allies in the fight against crime”

    well duh… when white folks walk around thinking criminal & black mean the same thing, of course they view anybody that beats down criminals/blacks as an ally.

    “Now what’s the excuse for the Black people involved in the poll?”

    let’s not act like there’s no such thing as blacks who are just as racist against other blacks as white folks are. some of our very own get down right giddy when they see us being brutalized the way the media says we should be.

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      @Me: You are correct. During the Trayvon Martin tragedy on my commutes to work i would hear this one black man going on and on about how Zimmerman was right to defend himself against Trayvon Martin. That was just unbelievable.

  3. April 6, 2015 - Reply

    Yawn!! Another day in white people news.

  4. April 6, 2015 - Reply

    What these moronic White folks don’t understand is the injustice they show towards us will one day be shown towards them. They are violent by nature (not all), so how can we expect different results knowing the mental illnesses they have.

  5. April 6, 2015 - Reply

    The Associated Press has a further break down of the polls. It is obvious that we have a crisis. People are not protesting in the streets for exercise purposes. They are protesting, because they are tired of police brutality and mass incarceration. Police killing people in America is higher than in any industrialized nation on Earth. Police occupation of black, brown, and poor communities are common place. We have militarized weapons in the hands of even local police in violation of even constitutional principles. We witness story after story of cops doing what they want to anybody with impunity. Also, there are laws that gives cops huge benefits of the doubt and some view cops as gods. Cops should use reasonable force not excessive force when handling situations. I don’t believe in cops striking suspects (who are doing nothing) in custody in an inappropriate way.

  6. April 6, 2015 - Reply

    Of course they are alright with black bodies being brutalized.

  7. April 6, 2015 - Reply

    If they are collecting fundraisers for the killers of young defenseless black men, and they are acquitted for the brutalization and killing of said young black men, i can see how they are ok with this.

  8. April 6, 2015 - Reply

    At the cost sounding kind of dim, still: no, duh.

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      @Jo 'Mama' Besser

      Ditto Sister. I agree with you.

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      @Jo 'Mama' Besser

      Also, I do see that there are more and more studies being shown in our generation that state the obvious.

      • April 7, 2015 - Reply

        It does seem to be the case, rather, doesn’t it? You bringing that up reminded me of an Itchy and Scratchy bit wherein Itchy reads some ‘Breaking News’ in the paper detailing that, ‘You Need a Heart to Live’. Same story, Brother.

  9. April 7, 2015 - Reply

    Walter Scott in South Carolina shot while running away from cop today. Another black man shot and killed.

  10. April 8, 2015 - Reply

    this is not surprising – almost predictable – almost expected even

  11. April 16, 2015 - Reply

    is any of this really a surprise?

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