Editorial | Our racial divide

December 09, 2014
The racial divide continues in America, particularly over the two recent, high-profile cases of deaths of African-American men at the hands of white police officers.
     A recent study by the Pew Research Center found attitudes about the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner in New York broke sharply along racial lines, with African Americans far more likely than white Americans to object to the decision of grand juries in both cases not to indict the police officers involved.
     Eighty percent of blacks dispute the grand jury's decision not to indict the officer in the Brown case, compared to 64 percent of whites who thought the grand jury was right. In the Garner case, 90 percent of blacks and 47 percent of whites disagreed with the grand jury's decision not to indict the officer.
     In Louisville, a persistent racial divide carries over into segregation by race and income.