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Let it Rip: The issue of race

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As the closing arguments take place in the George Zimmerman trial, at the heart of the prosecution's argument is that racial profiling of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was the root of the cause of his death. 

In closing arguments, prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda told jurors in Sanford, Fla., "A teenager is dead. He is dead through no fault of his own." He said Martin was killed "because a man made assumptions" -- and "because his assumptions were wrong."

Paula Deen's use of the N-word has cost her a show on the Food Network and a number of paid sponsorships but it also ignited conversations about racism across the country.  Is she being treated too harshly?

Last week, results of a new poll by Rasmussen Reports says more Americans view blacks as racists than whites or Hispanics. 

Consider the source: FROM RASMUSSEN: Thirty-seven percent (37%) of American Adults think most black Americans are racist, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Just 15% consider most white Americans racist, while 18% say the same of most Hispanic Americans. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

READ THE FULL REPORT HERE.

On Thursday night at 10:00 p.m., Fox 2's Huel Perkins hosted Let it Rip: The subject of racism.

On the panel:

Robert Sedler, Professor of Law at Wayne State University and someone who has experience with civil cases.

Darrell Dawsey, journalist with Deadline Detroit.

Gregory Murray, journalist with Macomb Daily.

Fox 2 legal analyst Charlie Langton takes the show on the road and gets Fox 2 viewer feedback on the subject of race and the controversial results of the recent Rasmussen Report poll. He'll be on the couch too to add his voice to the conversation.

ADD YOUR VOICE: COMMENT AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS STORY OR Tweet with the hashtag #letitrip.  We will use some comments on the air.

  • Who is more racist?

  • Thank you for participating in our poll. Here are the results so far:

    Whites
    31%
    89 votes
    Blacks
    69%
    202 votes
    Hispanics
    0%
    1 vote
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