In the wake of the George Zimmerman case, U.S. views of race relations have taken a hit, and one-third of Americans say his acquittal in the death of Trayvon Martin has shaken their confidence in the legal system, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.  The survey found deep divisions on the overall subject of race, along both political and racial lines, as controversy over the verdict has swirled from city street corners to the Oval Office.

Fifty-two percent of adults questioned said race relations in the U.S. are “very good” or “fairly good,” down from more than 70 percent who said that in NBC/WSJ polls between 2009 and 2011.

Fifty-four percent agree with the statement that America is a nation where people are not judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character – down from 60 percent in 2009 and 2010.

The poll was conducted after a Florida jury found Zimmerman, 29, who is of white and of Hispanic descent, not guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Martin, 17, who was black.  Zimmerman said he shot Martin, who was unarmed, in self-defense and his lawyers have said race played no role.  The case sparked debate over racial profiling and Stand Your Ground laws.  After the verdict, protests sprang up several major cities and a group of clergy led by the Rev. Al Sharpton held vigils at federal building to demand the Justice Department ramp up a civil-rights investigation. (Sharpton is the head of the National Action Network civil rights advocacy group and also hosts “Politics Nation” on MSNBC.)

Last week, President Barack Obama held a surprise press conference on the case in which he said African-Americans were viewing the verdict through the prism of being judged by their skin color.  “Those sets of experiences inform how the African-American community interprets what happened one night in Florida,” he said.  Although some of the polling subjects were questioned before Obama declared that “Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago,” the data reflected the racial divide he spoke about.

After the president’s speech on Friday and based on the outcome of the Trayvon Martin case here is how it impacts the American people.  Just 19 percent of African-Americans and 46 percent of Democrats think Americans are judged by the content of their character rather than by their skin color.  By comparison, 54 percent of Latinos, 59 percent of whites and 65 percent of Republicans believe this.  Thirty-eight percent of African Americans say that race relations in the U.S. are good – versus 52 percent of whites and 60 percent of Latinos.

Asked directly about the Zimmerman trial, 32 percent of all adults say it decreased their confidence in the U.S. legal system, 17 percent say it increased their confidence and 48 percent say it had no effect.  Those numbers once again show a gap by race and party: 71 percent of African-Americans and 48 percent of Democrats say the trial decreased their confidence in the legal system — compared to 35 percent of Latinos, 24 percent of whites and just 13 percent of Republicans.

What upsets me is that the majority of Black people of this nation are the true racists of our country.  They fully support other blacks based on the fact that there skin color is the same and real guilt or innocence is also based on skin color.  If you’re black your innocent and if you are not…you are guilty; no matter what.

Only George Zimmerman knows what truly happened that night and even though a court of law found him not guilty; the media, Al Sharpton, and the majority of the black community want him convicted.  It’s the same behavior and attitude displayed, in reverse, when O.J. Simpson was found innocent.  The black community felt that justice was served and no one in the black community marched to protest the violation of the civil rights of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.  The trial of Zimmerman, and the coverage since the trial, and the aftermath; have all been based on race.

Yes, race relations have taken a hit in this nation and it’s based on blacks only interested in “their” personal agenda.  Like the black inmate who admitted that he hated white people, but claimed that he could not be a racist because he was black.

Where is the public outcry from the black community over the gun violence happening in their neighborhoods?  Where is the public outcry when my civil rights are violated by a black person?  On top of that, we now have a black President, who obviously favors the black mentality.  Martin Luther King said not to blame everything concerning racism on whites and he also stated that there were things in the black community that needed to be fixed.  It’s too bad that the majority of black America never complied with his dream.

 

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