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.
During a special edition of NewsOne Now, Roland Martin and his panel of guests discussed the deteriorating relationship between Black America and Blue America in the midst of the nation’s first Black president’s tenure.
Martin shared a historical look at the last three years, in which there has been “the most comprehensive analysis, critique and assessment of police, police actions that America has ever seen.
“It’s no shock that people would think somehow they are the same or they’ve gotten worse, because of the level of critique that is taking place as a result of video, as a result of protests in a lot of these shootings and murders.
“We’ve never had this level, this sustained level of discussion on police accountability in American history.”
Former St. Louis Police Officer Redditt Hudson, said, “Everything’s been exposed since the election of our first Black president.
“I think prejudices and biases and systemic issues have been amplified.”
Watch Roland Martin and the NewsOne Now panel discuss the impact of Obama’s election on race relations and the broader conversation addressing police accountability in the video clip above, then review the findings of the Black, White & Blue Spotlight on Race in America survey.
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