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City polls show opinions on treatment over race vary between blacks and whites


The way we most often imagine racism occurring in our minds is at the flashpoint of life-changing experiences: a police officer in action making a split second decision in a life or death situation … a real estate broker deciding which houses to show a family… a manager who decides which candidate to hire for a position.

But another way to conceptualize racism is that people, over time, form views and opinions about the world around them that strongly influence the outcome of these quick moments. The entirety of the life experiences of the policeman and the black suspect intersect during this brief moment. The same is true of the real estate broker and the Black family, and the manager choosing between white and black applicants.

This intersection is the object of this research. As part of our CityView series, the first of its kind, the University of Suffolk and USA TODAY have collaborated to interview residents of major American cities about the issues they face, with a focus on perceptions of race. in America. Over the past several months, we’ve surveyed residents of Milwaukee, Detroit, Los Angeles, Louisville, and Oklahoma City, cities that are geographically, politically, economically, and racially diverse, but whose residents share views, especially based on racial divisions.


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