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Whites in the United States approve of police officers hitting men in significantly greater numbers than Blacks and Hispanics do according to a new study, reports Newsday.

Is anyone surprised given that whites probably are not hit as much as Blacks or Hispanics?

Newsday reports that about seven of ten whites, or 70 percent “can imagine a situation in which they would approve of a police officer striking an adult male citizen, according to the 2014 General Social Survey.” Only 42 percent of blacks and 38 percent of Hispanics said they could.

A prominent sociologist interviewed says that these numbers make perfect sense given the real life interactions and disparities in those interactions based on your racial or ethnic group:

“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.

However, blacks and Hispanics “are more cautious on this issue because of their personal experiences and/or the historical treatment their groups have experienced at the hands of the police, which is only recapitulated in recent disputed killings,” he said.

For more stats and to read the entire report entitled “Crime and Law Enforcement in America: Racial and Ethnic Differences in Attitudes toward the Criminal Justice System”

SOURCE: New York Newsday


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6 thoughts on “Surprised? More Whites Approve Of Police Hitting People Than Blacks, Hispanics

  1. Tammy on said:

    And some have the nerve to call folks who point out this kind of of stuff a “race baiter”, “race hustlers”, etc. and what is worst, some blacks want to go along with degrading blacks (a.k.a. Charles Barkley and others) who are activists Until this hit their tails and whites do not want them no more.

  2. Honestly on said:

    What do you expect from cave n!@@ers? These neanderthal apes have a depraved indifference to the lives of people of color. These mayonnaise monkeys should have never been let out of the caves of Europe.

  3. The devil does not have a “soul” that’s why white America does not see this as a problem until they become victims of violence. Example: ISIS. And white America have the audacity to call someone else “terrorists.”. .. Talk about calling the kettle black….

  4. Linda on said:

    There is something wrong with our Society when some folks don’t see PIGS brutalizing other citizens as a problem.

    Whites see nothing wrong BECAUSE IT IS NOT HAPPENING TO THEIR ASSES!!!!!!
    How UGLY is that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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