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White and Black Americans are divided over George Floyd's death and whether race relations have improved, poll finds

March 8, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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White and Black Americans' perceptions of race relations and the circumstances around George Floyd's death remain split, a new poll has found.

(CNN)White and Black Americans' perceptions of race relations and the circumstances around George Floyd's death remain split, a new poll has found.

Ahead of the trial of Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis Police officer charged with the murder of George Floyd, a USA Today/Ipsos poll explored America's views on race, policing and Floyd's killing.

The poll findings come just days before the one-year anniversary of Breonna Taylor's death in Louisville, Kentucky.

When asked about Floyd's death, 64% of Black people described it as a murder, according to the poll.

Among White respondents, 28% described it as murder and 33% said "it was negligence on part of the officer. "

It can't go away because they live with it every day," Young said.

USA Today/Ipsos conducted a similar poll in June as protests condemning police brutality took place across the United States.

Last year, 60% of all respondents described Floyd's death as murder.

Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, died on May 25, 2020, after Chauvin placed his knee on Floyd's neck for nearly eight minutes while Floyd pleaded, "I can't breathe. " His death sparked a worldwide movement and America became the epicenter of a racial reckoning.

In the months that followed, people protested in the streets and headed to the polls with Black, Latino and Native Americans voters flipping some states blue during the presidential election.

Overall, more Americans (47%) believe race relations have neither improved nor worsened in the past year, the poll shows.

But 40% said they feel race relations actually worsened and only 13% said they had improved.

Among Black Americans, 54% say race relations have worsened in the past year, while 10% believe they have improved.

But more White Americans (51%) feel they have neither improved nor worsened and 35% said they have worsened, according to the poll.

Young said researchers were surprised by the results of the poll, which, he says, shows that racial justice is no longer "front and center" in many people's minds, especially for those who are not impacted daily.

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