Crowds of Mourners Line Up for Michael Brown Funeral

Huge Gap With How Blacks, Whites Feel About Michael Brown

Slate's Jamelle Bouie writes on a new poll showing that 62 percent of White St. Louis residents believe the shooting of the unarmed teen was justified, compared to 35 percent of Black residents

by Slate, September 17, 2014

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Crowds of Mourners Line Up for Michael Brown Funeral

Crowds of Mourners Line Up for Michael Brown Funeral

Early in the Ferguson protests, the Pew Research Center polled reactions to the Michael Brown shooting nationally. For Blacks, it confirmed their mistrust of the police; 65 percent said police had gone too far in their response to the protests. Whites were more reticent, with 32 percent who said the response was “about right” and 35 percent who “didn’t know.”

That told us quite a bit about opinions nationwide, but it said little about views in St. Louis County, where Ferguson is located. Now, thanks to a new survey from the Remington Research Group—based in Kansas City, Missouri—we know.



The firm polled 604 residents of St. Louis County on aspects of the controversy, from the shooting of Brown to the police response to protesters. And on most questions, they found a stark racial divide. When asked if “the shooting of an African American teen by law enforcement in Ferguson, Missouri” was justified, 62 percent of Whites said it was, along with 35 percent of Blacks. 





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