Patt Morrison for April 13, 2012

New polls illustrate deep racial divide over Trayvon Martin

Protesters Attend Million Hoodie March For Trayvon Martin In Los Angeles

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People rally to demand justice for the shooting of Trayvon Martin, on April 9, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

A new poll out from Reuters shows stark differences in the way people of different races view the shooting of Trayvon Martin. The poll by Reuters/Ipsos found that 91 percent of black Americans thought the fatal shooting of Martin by Sanford neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman was unjustified. Among Latinos that number was 59 percent; among whites, the number drops to 35 percent.


What does this say about the state of racial relations in America? And how might this play out here in Southern California - especially on the heels of the shooting of Kendrec McDade, the young black man in Pasadena?


Chris Jackson, pollster, Ipsos Public Affairs

Ange-Marie Hancock, associate professor, political science, USC; author, forthcoming book "Beyond the Oppression Olympics: A Politics of Solidarity for the 21st Century"

Wendy Carrillo, local journalist; host, public affairs program “Knowledge is Power” on Power 106 FM

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