Americans' View Of Race Relations Hits Lowest Point Since L.A. Riots

The man who came in on a wave of "hope and change" is going to leave the White House on a wave of racial tension and violence.

After a horrific two weeks, which saw the heinous massacre of five police officers by a man who "wanted to kill white people, especially white officers," and more rioting over alleged racism over tragic police-involved shootings, a New York Times/CBS News poll found that more Americans now view race relations in the country negatively than they have in over two decades.

The poll surveyed Americans beginning on Friday, the day after the Dallas massacre, through Tuesday. The poll found that nearly seven in ten Americans (69 percent) now view race relations in the country as "generally bad," which the Times notes is "one of the highest levels of discord since the 1992 riots in Los Angeles during the Rodney King case."

The poll also found that the number of people who believe race relations are "growing worse" has skyrocketed to around 60 percent, up 20 percent since a year ago, when it stood at 38 percent.

The efforts of political leader and racial agitators to inflame the narrative that there is "systemic racism" in law enforcement and a war on minorities by police officers has successfully convinced minorities that they should expect to be targeted. The poll found that three-quarters of black people believe that police are more likely to use deadly force on them than they are on a white person. A majority (56 percent) of whites, on the other hand, said they did not believe race was a factor.

As the New York Times and the Daily Wire reported earlier this week, the notion that officers are more likely to use deadly force on blacks is simply not true. An extensive study by Harvard's Roland G. Fryer Jr. thoroughly debunked that myth, finding not only is there no racial bias against African-Americans in police-involved shootings, if anything, blacks are actually less likely to be fired upon in tense situations.

One of the most telling findings from the NYT/CBS News race relations survey is that a majority of blacks and nearly half of whites were "unsurprised" by the deadly actions of Dallas shooter Micah Johnson, a Black Lives Matter sympathizer who told officers before they were forced to kill him that he "wanted to kill white people, especially white officers." (It's worth noting in a discussion of racial tensions and false narratives that in its summary of its survey findings, the Times goes out of its way not to directly reference the self-declared racial motivations of Johnson, failing to mention that Johnson was targeting police officers, particularly white officers, instead describing his attack as simply "open[ing] fire at a protest.")

As for perception of the Black Lives Matter movement, the Times notes that opinion is "sharply divided," with 70 percent of blacks supporting it compared to 37 percent of whites. Overall, "41 percent agree with the movement, 25 percent disagree and 29 percent do not have an opinion either way."

Survey information: "The nationwide Times/CBS News Poll was conducted July 8 to 12 on cellphones and landlines with 1,600 adults, including 171 black respondents and 1,207 whites. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points for all adults, three points for whites and nine points for blacks."


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