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Giving Compass' Take:
• A new poll at Othering & Belonging Institute reveals widespread, unified support for police reform and racial justice across racial and ethnic backgrounds.
• Why is it important to recognize the widespread support for police reform? How might this help make racial justice a moral issue rather than a political one? What are you doing to support racial equity in your communities' criminal justice policies?
Majorities of Americans across racial and ethnic backgrounds support meaningful changes to policing, including requiring officers to live in the communities they police and involving community-resource workers in certain emergency calls, a new national poll found.
The poll also found broad support for economic policies and programs to reduce wealth and income inequality, including a federal jobs guarantee, temporary suspension of rent and mortgage payments, fair hiring protections for people with criminal histories, and a program to provide grants to Black entrepreneurs starting small businesses.
The results point to encouraging opportunities for unity among Black, Latinx, and white Americans on priorities for tackling inequities.
Overall the survey of 1,400 adults nationwide suggests there is more agreement than some would expect on issues surrounding policing and public safety policy. Notably, the idea that substantive change is a high priority is not unique to Black communities, but is in fact shared by a nearly equal share of Latinxs.
Across all racial and ethnic groups, the poll pointed to a country in need of healing, where large shares lack a sense of belonging. In questions about belonging—defined as feeling comfortable, safe, and having a say in the important things happening around you—nearly half of Black (47 percent), Latinx (49 percent), and white respondents (45 percent) said they usually do not experience it in public places in their city or town. Between 30 and 39 percent across each of these groups said they usually don’t experience belonging even in their own neighborhoods, and equal shares of those who work said the same of their workplaces.
Read the full article about support for police reform at Othering & Belonging Institute.