South Carolina Blacks Fear Police And Racial Bias

More than half of African-American South Carolinians worry about unfair treatment by police and racial bias.

South Carolina’s Black citizens are far more worried than whites about racial discrimination and about being treated unfairly by police, says a new Winthrop Poll.

According to the poll, more than half of African-American South Carolinians worry about unfair treatment by police and afraid to become victims of racial discrimination, whereas almost 9 in 10 of the state’s white population express little or no concern about police and racial bias.

During the survey, some 814 Palmetto State residents were asked questions for The State newspaper spanning from April 3 through April 24.

According to Winthrop Poll’s director Scott Huffmon, the difference in opinion, which indicates that African-Americans are much more concerned about racial issues than are whites, is fueled by the series of widespread violence against blacks in South Carolina and the U.S. as whole.

Over the past two years, two black South Carolinians have been shot and injured or killed by law enforcement officers – The 2014 shooting of an unarmed black Levar Edward Jones by a state trooper, and the 2015 cruel fatal shooting of Walter Scott by a white North Charleston police officer.

Moreover, the nation has been plagued with what the Black Lives Matter movement calls the “unjustified killings at the hands of police” of innocent African-Americans, including Tamir Rice, Laquan McDonald, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, Sandra Bland etc.

The Winthrop University professor said that the level of fear among blacks was heightened by the fact that the last couple of years we had seen several police-civilian interactions that “resulted in the death of an African-American.”

We expect nothing less in a society where black people are targeted, harassed and gunned down by state sponsored murderers.

The revelation of this poll proves that our law enforcement agencies are terrorists because they instill as much fear into a large group of the population as the world’s most renowned terrorist groups.

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