We are engaged in the largest civil rights upheaval since the 1960’s. The events in Ferguson, New York, and in many places we’ll never hear about have ignited a nation. My desire is to encourage sympathetic white people to use their voice and influence for change at this crucial time.
Sadly, I am not speaking to the majority of white Americans. According to Pew research, fully 60% of white adults do not believe race played a role in the Brown killing. Even after Garner, 48% of the whites do not believe race played a role in that case. I’m not sure what that group needs to see to be convinced, but it is what it is. I am speaking to 18% of the white population who believed race played a major factor in the Garner case, 16% who believed it was a minor factor, and 18% who don’t know.