NewsChannel 10 continues to try to better understand racism and police relations in Amarillo and how others see it. In this week's Perspective, General Manager Brent McClure shares the results of our online survey regarding the issue.
NewsChannel 10 and West Texas A&M University recently completed an online survey of attitudes and observations concerning racial issues and policing in Amarillo.
The 229 people who responded were largely white, male Republicans in their 40s and 50s with at least some college education, and the overriding finding was that more than half of those agreed or strongly agreed racism is common in Amarillo.
Answers to other questions were more mixed, however, with 28 percent saying police use profiling to stop or question people. But 53 percent said police treat all people equally. That's roughly the same amount who said racism is common in the city.
Only 12 percent responded they feared not being treated equally by police.
So, many middle-aged, conservative Anglo men and women see racism as common around the city, but it mostly doesn't affect their interactions with police.
That runs counter to some comments from minorities in our community conversations. They agreed racism is present in the city, but they are fearful of interaction with local police.
A hard line perspective is hard to draw, other than our community seems to be aware of tensions, and for some there is fear or an expectation of danger within Amarillo.
What can we do to make things better, or what are you doing now to make things better? We want to hear your Perspective as we conclude this series next week.
Perspective is a weekly feature presented by NewsChannel 10 Vice President/General Manager Brent McClure. Have something you'd like to share? Send your perspective to firstname.lastname@example.org.