NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: Black, White & Blue: Spotlight On Race In America

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How Does Race Play a Role in Police Shootings and How Races are treated differently by Law Enforcement?

A new study conducted Edison Research found more than half of the total population believes race played a role in the Alton Sterling and Philando Castile shootings.

  • Black Americans are significantly more likely to say they are “very concerned” about these events compared to White Americans.
  • 62 percent of Black Americans are very concerned about their children having a negative experience with the police, while only 28 percent of Whites have this as a serious concern.
  • Blacks are 250 percent more likely than Whites to feel scared or threatened when stopped by police.
  • More than half of Black Americans – 51 percent think racial profiling is used by law enforcement in their community all of the time in stark contrast to 15 percent of White Americans.

Lucia McBath, Mother of slain teen Jordan Davis; Sandra Sterling, Alton Sterling’s aunt; and Author Reed, Sterling family representative joined Roland Martin on NewsOne Now to discuss how race plays a role in violent actions by law enforcement officers.

Have Race Relations & Community Police Relations Worsened Since Obama Took Office?

In recent years, tensions between the African-American community and the nation’s law enforcement agencies seem to have reached an all-time high. The deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Eric Garner,Sandra Bland, and a whole host of others have brought this issue to the forefront of our consciousness, as video of the circumstances surrounding their deaths circulate on television and various social media outlets.

A new survey by Edison Research questions whether race relations and law enforcement’s relationship with African-Americans has worsened since President Barack Obama took office.

According to the Black, White & Blue: Spotlight on Race in America survey, 83 percent of Blacks and 85 percent of Whites feel the relationship between Black Americans and the police has not changed, or has gotten worse since Obama took office in 2009.

Why Do Whites & Blacks Differ On Black Lives Matter?

In the four years since the Black Lives Matter movement has been in existence, it has gained a significant foothold on the issues of social justice.

The movement has forced a national conversation on police accountability, one that America has never seen before. The message for the protection and valuation of Black lives has been so impactful, that critics of the movement have launched their own counter slogans, which include “All Lives Matter” and “Blue Lives Matter.”

While most African-Americans support the movement for Black lives, a large number of Caucasians find fault with the movement. Fox News host Bill O’Reilly and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani are two of its staunchest critics.

A new survey by Edison Research found that 82 percent of African-Americans support Black Lives Matter, while 64 percent of Whites do not. When asked if Black Lives Matter encourages violence, 78 percent of African-Americans said no, while 64 percent of Whites said yes.

Will A Trump Or Clinton Presidency Help Improve Community Police Relations?

With the 2016 presidential election just around the corner, Roland Martin and NewsOne Now examined a survey that focused on the intersection of race and police community relations with the hope of gaining some insight into what is driving opposing sides away from a normalized co-existence.

One question that resonated with those surveyed and with those who watched the hour-long TV One NewsOne Now special, Black, White & Blue: Spotlight on Race in America, asked if a Hillary Clinton presidency or a Donald Trump presidency would do anything to help improve relations between African-Americans and law enforcement.

According to the Edison Research survey, 61 percent of Americans believe that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has helped to escalate racial tensions, while only 40 percent of Americans believe former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would do a better job managing race relations if elected president.

Blacks and Whites Agree on Possible Solutions to Improve Race Relations 

What solutions can both African Americans and Whites agree on to improve the deteriorating relationship between police and Blacks?

Despite there being many differences in views over police accountability and the movement for Black lives there are a number of areas where both demographic groups overlap on their views of policing. Some of these areas include:

  • The reduction of inner city crime
  • Increasing community policing
  • Implementing body and dashboard cameras
  • Civilian review boards
  • Mandatory racial discrimination awareness training

Guest on this special edition of NewsOne Now include:

  • Sandra Sterling, Alton Sterling’s aunt
  • Activist Arthur Reed 
  • Lucia McBath, Mother of slain teen Jordan Davis
  • Tamika Mallory, NY Justice League
  • Alicia Garza, Co-Founder Black Lives Matter
  • Ron Martinelli, Forensic Criminologist & Former Detective critical of BLM Movement
  • Redditt Hudson, Fmr St. Louis Police Officer & Co-Founder of the National Coalition of Law Enforcement for Justice, Reform & Accountability

All that and more in this special edition of the NewsOne Now Audio Podcast

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