Black Americans more concerned about civil rights

Civil Rigths supporters attend the Realize the Dream ceremony commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a Dream' speech, near the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. on August 24, 2013. Tens of thousands civil right's supporters gathered on the National Mall to celebrate the 50th Anniversary. UPI/Kevin Dietsch
Tens of thousands civil rights’ supporters gathered on the National Mall to celebrate the 50th Anniversary. UPI/Kevin Dietsch

[UPI]

U.S. black Americans say more civil rights laws are needed to reduce discrimination against blacks in the wake of George Zimmerman‘s acquittal, a poll found.

In an August poll, Gallup found 61 percent of black respondents said there is a need for more civil rights laws, up from 53 percent before Zimmerman was acquitted July 13 of murder in Florida in the death of Trayvon Martin, 17.

A majority of black respondents — 63 percent — also said they think the government should have a “major role” in improving the social and economic position of blacks and other minority groups in the United States.

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