U-M Expert Notes That in Ferguson Case, Perceptions Differ Between Whites and Blacks


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Josh Pasek, assistant professor of communication studies and faculty associate in the Center for Political Studies, studies how individuals get and use political information, and the role of racial attitudes in the Obama era. He and colleagues recently completed a survey on how whites and blacks perceive what happened in Ferguson. "It seems clear from our data that the different life experiences of black and white Americans lead individuals to interpret what happened in Ferguson in completely different ways," he said. "Despite the promises of post-racialism, Ferguson reveals the stark racial divide that remains in this country. When the grand jury announces its verdict, we should not be surprised if tensions flare again." Contact: 734-763-3186, jpasek@umich.edu Bio: http://bit.ly/1F42UWf

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