More U.S. Blacks Satisfied with How Society Treats Them, Poll Finds

Emily Alpert, Los Angeles Times, July 18, 2013

A new poll shows that black Americans have grown more upbeat about their treatment in society after the reelection of President Obama.

Earlier this summer, a record 47% said they were satisfied with how blacks were treated in the country—more than at any other time since Gallup started asking the question in 2001.

However, Gallup cautioned that the question was asked before George Zimmerman was acquitted in the killing of Trayvon Martin—an event that could dim that rising optimism. Civil rights leaders have called the controversial verdict a wake-up call to those who thought the election of a black president heralded a post-racial era.

The Zimmerman case “could prove to be a watershed event in how not just blacks, but all Americans, perceive society’s treatment of blacks today,” Gallup senior editor Lydia Saad wrote in a summary of the results. The research group surveyed more than 4,300 adults, including more than 1,000 black Americans, in June and early July.


If the Gallup poll were done again this week, “I think sentiment would have been radically different,” said Shana Redmond, assistant professor of American studies and ethnicity at USC. She said the Zimmerman case, which centered on the killing of an unarmed black teenager, has made black Americans feel newly vulnerable.

Even before the Zimmerman verdict, more than half of black Americans remained dissatisfied with the treatment of black people, the Gallup poll showed. They were much more downbeat than whites and Latinos, a majority of whom said they were satisfied with how blacks were treated.


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  • Spartacus

    “Even before the Zimmerman verdict, more than half of black Americans
    remained dissatisfied with the treatment of black people, the Gallup
    poll showed.”


    That’s good, but I know you can bring it below 30%, if you try really hard. Just treat them like they deserve, and it’ll be enough. I believe in you guys.

    • Erasmus

      Does this mean they’ll soon be going back to Africa, where they were once “princes”?

      • OlderWoman

        They say they were kings and queens. Rewriting history comes easy to them.

        • David Ashton

          They could build loads of pyramids.

          • Spartacus

            And start genetic engineering again !

          • Sick of it

            Nice riff on the Nation of Islam!

          • [Guest]

            Maybe, at long last, they’ll get their space-exploration efforts off the ground.

          • Irishgirl

            I’d trust Space Kitty before I’d trust a black astronaut.

          • [Guest]

            As you said in another thread, “Bingo!”

        • Sick of it

          Some of us came from kings and queens and we don’t go bragging about it.

  • Homo_Occidentalis

    Between TANF, SSI, food stamps, Obamacare, Medicaid, publicly funded school lunches, affirmative action, No Child Left Behind, blacks-only scholarships, etc. you think we deserve a lot more than 47% satisfaction for the amount we spend. At this rate our only options are to give each black three white slaves, a mule and five acres (if we want to get it to 100%), or just STOP TRYING TO PLEASE THEM. The grievances and excuses will never end because blacks have nothing to gain thereby.

    • OlderWoman

      ‘The grievances and excuses will never end because blacks have nothing to gain thereby.’

      They also have absolutely nothing to offer.

      • White Mom in WDC

        Black people are a cancer

    • The__Bobster

      I say it’s time to ignore them, and put down any chimpouts that may ensue.

  • The__Bobster

    Earlier this summer, a record 47% said they were satisfied with how blacks were treated in the country—more than at any other time since Gallup started asking the question in 2001.

    Okay, so how many of us Whites are satisfied with the way we are treated?

  • libertarian1234

    “More U.S. Blacks Satisfied with How Society Treats Them, Poll Finds”
    Who cares what they think?

    I wonder what they think of millions of people who avoid them whenever they can. White flight into white enclaves comes to mind as just one example.

  • So CAL Snowman

    So African Americans exist OUTSIDE of society? Blacks in America are not part of society? I guess “society” is one of the abstract concepts like ” lack of personal responsibility” that appear out of the ether to magically shape and influence black existence.

    • White Mom in WDC

      Blacks reap what they sow here. They see themselves outside of society and continue on with the self fulfilling prophecy. They think the rules do not apply to them.

  • White Mom in WDC

    I honestly don’t care what most blacks think.

    My reaction to this headline: so?

  • anarchyst

    You won’t recognize me. My name was Antonio West and I was the 13-month old child who was shot at point blank range by two feral blacks who were attempting to rob my mother, who was also shot. A Grand Jury of my mommy’s peers from Brunswick GA determined the teens who murdered me will not face the death penalty…too bad I was given a death sentence for being innocent and defenseless.

    My family made the mistake of being white in a 73% non-white neighborhood, but my murder was not ruled a Hate Crime. Nor did President Obama take so much as a single moment to acknowledge my murder.

    I am one of the youngest murder victims in our great Nation’s history, but the media doesn’t care to cover the story of my tragic demise, President Obama has no children who could possibly look like me – so he doesn’t care and the media doesn’t care because my story is not interesting enough to bring them ratings so they can sell commercial time slots.

    There is not a white equivalent of Al Sharpton because if there was he would be declared racist, so there is no one rushing to Brunswick GA to demand justice for me. There is no White Panther party to put a bounty on the lives of those who murdered me. I have no voice, I have no representation and unlike those who shot me in the face while I sat innocently in my stroller – I no longer have my life.

    So while you are seeking justice for Trayvon, please remember to seek justice for me too. Tell your friends about me, tell you families, get tee shirts with my face on them and make the world pay attention, just like you did for Trayvon.
    If situations like this don’t turn you away from ALL blacks, I don’t know what will . . .

    • anarchyst

      If we are lucky, the Aryan Brotherhood will get to these two “yutes” and show them a long painful stay at the “University of Corrections” or who knows, these “yutes” might just get off . . . scott free. Their excuse will be that the baby called them the “n” word. . .

      • That’s “Scot” free. One “t” for the nation, and two for the surname.

        • anarchyst

          Sorry about that. Thank you for the correction. As always, best regards.

  • Charles W.

    Not so fast. Let’s see how satisfied the “Free Sh*t Army” is once the entire USA goes the way of Detroit and the EBT cards start getting declined.

  • YourMOMA

    I run into a lot of blacks that don’t consider themselves Americans. They don’t celebrate 4th of July, they don’t care about anything that’s not black, and they blame the “MAN” for putting them down. These are the same people that have never been outside of this country and their families have benefited from at least one government handout. I really doubt that their satisfaction will ever change regardless of how they’re treated.

    • We flew the Stars & Bars on July Fourth. I’ve spent considerable time outside the US, and however much appeal some other places to me, in one way or another, I prefer Colorado. My favorite foreigners are Australians and Japanese, but Australia went stupid-left and Japan is too humid and too expensive. No part of my ancestral evolution has adapted me to cope with summers in Tokyo (90 degrees F and 90% humidity) or Kyoto (similar, but 95/95).

      • cancerous bananna

        At least Aussies are sending their refugees to Papua New Guinea which I just read today. Too bad it won’t last since their gov is getting more liberal.

        • PNG? That’s not merely wonderful; it’s absolutely hilarious! Port Moresby is rated as one of the world’s “least liveable cities”. Rabaul isn’t even there anymore; it was buried in a volcanic eruption in 1994.

      • gemjunior

        Wow I had no idea that Japan was so humid and hot in the summer. I thought it was sort of on the cool side – at least the countryside looks it in photos etc.

    • Triarius

      What a coincidence, I don’t consider blacks Americans either.

  • Irishgirl

    I am also not satisfied with the way America treats blacks…

    • The__Bobster

      Because we treat them better than they deserve?

      • Irishgirl


        • gemjunior

          LOL! Great answer. I’m also highly dissatisfied with the way America treats blacks. Cue for liberal asshole: “Me too! Soooo much racism against blacks and white privilege” Me: “No, I mean I’m highly dissatisfied that they are an unfit species subsidized by a fit species (formerly fit anyway?) to outbreed the fit species and then kill them. That’s what I’m dissatisfied about.”

      • After 45 years of Gibs Me Dats, 53% still aren’t happy? I’m going to have to agree with our Romanian friend about what should be done.

  • Funruffian

    I could care less if most of them are dissatisfied. A large majority of them never earned what they have and aren’t worth their weight in manure when it comes to employment.