The Pew Study re: Ferguson stuns me. I respect Pew Research; so I will need to come to grips with this view. Yet I cannot comprehend the answers. (I’m not naive; I’m facing a reality I loathe - in black & white. Doubly.)
Still, I wonder how folks interpreted Question 6. It seems possible to interpret the question much differently than Pew Results were explained.
Thinking about the police shooting of an African American teen in Ferguson, Missouri…
PEW.6 Overall, do you think that [INSERT; RANDOMIZE] or do you think [ITEM]?
This case raises important issues about
44 race that need to be discussed 36
The issue of race is getting more attention
40 in this case than it deserves 52
15 Don’t know/Refused (VOL.) 12
I view the Pew results as saying “We need to tone down the discussion of race, as we discuss Mike Brown & Ferguson; it’s not an important topic.” And this I disagree with VERY strongly.
However, I see another possible interpretation: If I had been asked this question, I might have answered, Black, White or Brown – The killing of a teen by police is wrong; so, NO - Race isn’t the key issue - Killing a child is. There’s a difference between being THE key issue and being an IMPORTANT issue. Does the question make clear which is being asked?? I can see how this question could’ve been interpreted by some respondents differently than the results were interpreted.
Don’t get me wrong. I am NOT denying the state of race relations in our Nation. I’m not arguing that the results are wrong. I’m just wondering. And saddened by (or pissed at) the results - and what that says about our Nation. It’s not just Question 6 results that have me spinning like a dog chasing its tail; it’s all the results.
I BELIEVE this situation (protests in Ferguson) is important - illuminating our exceedingly deficient self-awareness as a nation, lack of common knowledge of and education in black history, need to review and change of police procedures and policing technologies, increasing the awareness militarization within the US, reaffirming the public right to assemble and protest, screaming the importance of a Free Press, and most especially to mourn and demand answers re: the loss of a teen, Mike Brown.
This past week has been so so so sad. I can’t even imagine how it is for folks in Ferguson and the African-American community. Yeh, I follow Twitter closely each night, but that’s so… nothing – in light of this situation. My heart goes out to all those who’ve lost loved ones to violence & injustice and to the community of Ferguson.
All that said, this survey makes me very sad: I can’t understand it. It explains things. It is maddening, frustrating, illuminating, and very sad… I want this to change.
Well. Huh. You edit a post long enough and you figure things out.
- My last edit: There’s a difference between being THE key issue and being an IMPORTANT issue. Does the question make clear which is being asked??
- Go and check the question. Again.
- *light bulb goes on* Well, &^%#@! :(