Ferguson Shooting Reactions Vary Based On Race

Tactical trucks move down the street through tear gas in Ferguson, Mo., Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. Protests over the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a white police officer have entered their second week. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, J.B. Forbes)
Tactical trucks move down the street through tear gas in Ferguson, Mo., Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. Protests over the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a white police officer have entered their second week.
J.B. FORBES/ AP

A new survey indicates that blacks and whites have different interpretations of the racial issues brought about by the shooting of an unarmed teen in Ferguson, Missouri, according to Pew Research.

According to Pew:

“Blacks are about twice as likely as whites to say that the shooting of Michael Brown ‘raises important issues about race that need to be discussed.’”

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In a survey of 1,000 people that Pew conducted between August 14-17, 44 percent of people believed that “this case raises important issues about race and 40 percent thought “race is getting more attention that it deserves.”

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Furthermore, 65 percent of black people surveyed believed the police response to the shooting “has gone too far,” compared to 33 percent of whites.

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Pew also looked at how the reaction to the shooting was divided by political party, finding that 61 percent of Republicans surveyed believed that race is getting to much attention, while 21 percent of Democrats thought the same.

Most Republicans Say Race Is Getting Too Much Attention in Teen Shooting