It’s not news that many whites and African-Americans viewed the George Zimmerman trial and verdict differently, but a Washington Post/ABC News poll shows how stark that difference is. When asked about the jury’s verdict finding Zimmerman not guilty in Trayvon Martin’s death, 51 percent of whites surveyed said they approved compared with only 9 percent of African-Americans. And while whites were divided on whether the shooting was justified – 33 percent said “yes,” 33 percent “no” and 32 percent were not sure – African-Americans were not divided, with 87 percent saying it wasn’t justified. On the broader issue of whether African-Americans and other minorities receive treatment equal to whites in the criminal justice system, 54 percent of whites said “yes” while only 8 percent of African-Americans did.
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