Poll shows racial divide on storm response

I tend to disagree with many people about this, but if we accept the poll as being truly reflective of opinion then we still have a lot of work and a long way to go.

FWIW, I think that the sample was way too small. And I also think that this was more of a class issue than anything else.

“The poll of 1,005 adults has a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage points. Additional African-Americans were interviewed to provide a more statistically reliable comparison; the survey of 262 blacks has a margin of error of +/-7 percentage points. The sample of 848 whites has a +/-4 point error margin.”

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  1. Jack's Shack September 13, 2005 at 3:56 pm

    DR,

    Like you I live in a city that is ethnically diverse. I work and eat with people who are different skin colors, races, religion and I don’t think twice about it. The city and county of Los Angeles government reflects the diversity, so it is hard for me to say that race is a factor in Los Angeles, but I know that there are people who disagree with me.

    The Feds have had two Black Secs of State and a Latino AG not to mention other members in this and past admins who were of different colors.

    I am sure that there are people who encounter racist behavior just as I encounter antisemitic behavior, but I am not sure that much of that is institutionalized racism. Integration is not just a word gov’ts use.

    But I am certain that there is a class issue because that is easy to see. If you do not have money it is harder to influence the world around you and that is a problem that we are going to be hard pressed to solve.

  2. dorothy rothschild September 13, 2005 at 3:44 pm

    I agree with you, Jack, about the class issue 100%. Though, I do have to wonder if those faces on the television screen of people crying out for help and holding screaming, hungry babies had been white, if it would’ve taken quite as long for the authorities to get moving. There are a lot of people out there who are blaming people who are pointing out that racism is still a problem in this country for being racists for saying so. Pisses me off, particularly since I think a lot of people saying that live in communities where there is little to no ethnic diversity.

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