Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has ordered the Missouri National Guard to withdraw from Ferguson, leaving behind a host of questions about race and race relations in America.
Do you think the shooting of Michael Brown raises important questions about race? Do you think race is getting too much attention?
This week, we’ve considered the specific events in Ferguson, as well as the larger issue of a post-racial nation: whether the idea of post-racial America is just a dangerous fantasy, the sharp contrast in how whites and blacks view the situation in Ferguson, the importance of a role for the federal government in local affairs, and acts of kindness amidst the turmoil and chaos in Ferguson.
Today, we look at the political divide in views about Ferguson and race relations.
Forty-four percent Americans say that Brown’s shooting raises important issues about race, according to a new Pew poll. But Republicans and Democrats have sharply different opinions. Just over two of ten Republicans (22%) say the Ferguson situation raises important issues about race, while more than two-thirds of Democrats (68%) say the same.
Is race getting too much attention in this case? Six of ten Republicans (61%) say it is, according to Pew. Only 21% of Democrats say that race is getting too much attention.
About two-thirds of the population of Ferguson is African Americans (67.4% in the 2010 Census). The police force has 50 white officers and 4 black officers.
As we conclude this week …
What are your views about the shooting of Michael Brown and the aftermath in Ferguson?
Do you think the shooting raises important questions about race?
Do you think race is getting too much attention?
- Post-Racial America: Is the idea a dangerous fantasy?
- Post-Racial America: Is Ferguson a ‘Tale of Two Cities’?
- Post-Racial America: Do we need the feds after all?
- Post-Racial America: Kindness in Ferguson?
- Post-Racial America: Is race getting too much attention?