People Who Think Trayvon Martin Was Unjustly Killed: 91% of Blacks, 59% of Hispanics, 35% of Whites

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Damn white people, really?

Two new polls conducted by Reuters and The Washington Post show stark divides by race and ethnicity when it comes to perceptions about the death of Miami Gardens teen Trayvon Martin. A majority of minorities feels that Martin's homicide was unjustifiable, while only about a third of whites feel the same way.

Here are the results of the Reuters poll question asking respondents to agree or disagree with the statement, "Trayvon Martin is an innocent who was unjustly killed":

  • 91 percent of Blacks agreed
  • 59 percent of Hispanics agreed
  • 35 percent of Whites agreed (16 percent disagreed, 48 percent neither agreed or disagreed)
Republicans were the group most likely to disagree with the notion that Martin's death was unjustifiable: 24 percent disagreed compared to just 27 who agreed.

Though, a clear majority of 68 percent of Americans agree that we may never really know what happened that night, including 70 percent of whites and 69 percent of blacks.

Meanwhile a Washington Post poll showed similar results:

  • 80 percent of Blacks say Martin's death was unjustified.
  • 38 percent of Whites said the same thing (56 percent say they didn't know enough to say).
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Jack76
Jack76

What do they expect after all the usually race card players have whipped up the crowd? 

boboadobo
boboadobo

I believe the hispanic support of zimmerman is much higher!

Lukeisstupid
Lukeisstupid

Probably because white people are more thoughtful and want to know what happened. This is reverse racism at its finest. The guy is hispanic.

Shutup
Shutup

What do Asian people think?

An_Asshole
An_Asshole

Yeah, damn those white people that want to know what exactly happened before making the call.  If Zimmerman started the fight then shot when he was losing, that's manslaughter. If Trayvon started the fisticuffs and Zimmerman shot when he was getting his head bashed in, its self defense.  The whole thing turns on what exactly the fuck happened and we don't know. Yet.

boboadobo
boboadobo

the 56% of whites who said they did not know enough to say had it correct! they actually understand deductive reasoning, logic, hearing all info available and not allowing their bias determine what the "truth" is! my hats off to those white folks!

rachae
rachae

If the guy is hispanic how is it reversed racism.  And why do the majority of hispanics believe he did it too.  If it is all about getting the white man.

Drake Mallard
Drake Mallard

Even though a dispatcher told Zimmerman not to follow Martin, he continued to.

Florida's liberal gun law, stalking an individual, confronting the individual and getting your as s kicked doesn't mean you get to shoot and kill that person. That's not "stand your ground" that's called "get the f!#k out of my face". And I don't care if the victim smoked pot had a tattoo and flipped the bird on facebook or anything else you come up with.

GetReal
GetReal

 Wrong.  Zimmerman stalked against the dispatchers wishes and confronted a minor on the street.   You can't start a confrontation, shoot a minor that was doing NOTHING wrong, then claim self defense.  

An_Asshole
An_Asshole

First off, you can follow someone in a public space.  It isn't illegal and it is done all the time. It isn't "stalking."  The stalking laws prohibit the repeated following of the same person and usually requires nefarious intent. The law does generally recognize a zone of "personal space" invasion of which is generally considered provocative.  But, you cannot start wailing on someone because they are following you in public.  Nor does following at a reasonable distance, outside the zone of personal space, constitute "confrontation" for which assault is a reasonable response.  If someone says, "hey, what are you doing here?" but doesn't touch you, your options are to stop and respond verbally or to keep on going.  Starting a physical confrontation with them over it is not legally permissible.

Second, if someone starts beating on you to the point you are on the ground in fear of death or great bodily harm for "following them" (*without* touching them) then you most certainly under Florida law allowed to shoot them in self defense, and probably would be under common law as well.

Whoever started the *physical* confrontation was the initial aggressor. If Zimmerman grabbed Trayvon and spun him around so he'd stop and then got popped in the face, Zimmerman will likely get convicted of manslaughter.  If Trayvon was offended or "disrespected" by Zimmerman following him and decided to beat his ass, then Zimmerman walks. It isn't rocket science.

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