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People from across the nation discuss their roles in this 'historic' time amid worldwide Black Lives Matter, racial justice protests

We've reached out to people from across the world to ask one main question: 'What is your role in the conversation about race in America?’ These were their responses

LaPorsche Thomas, Atticus Investigates, Matt Pearl

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Published: 3:56 PM EDT July 14, 2020
Updated: 10:34 AM EDT August 27, 2020

The deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, and a searing, stretching list of others have profoundly shifted how we see and discuss race in America - igniting a modern civil rights reckoning across the country.

For the past month, members of the Atticus team, 11Alive's Matt Pearl, and LaPorsche Thomas have reached out to people of different ages, backgrounds, and professions to discuss the happenings across the world.

We asked one main question to facilitate discussion: "What is your role?" The range of responses reflects a society grappling with its self-image as a land of liberty and the sense felt by so many that they're denied it.

  • 74 percent of Americans said George Floyd's death is part of a broader problem, according to an Ipsos poll.
  • 62 percent of Americans believe White people benefit from societal advantages that Black people do not have, according to a recent CNBC poll.
  • 76 percent of Americans feel racial and ethnic discrimination is a big problem in America, according to a Monmouth University poll.
  • 23 percent say it is a lesser problem or "not a problem," according to a Monmouth University poll.
  • 42 percent of Americans think race relations in the U.S are getting worse,  according to a CBS News poll. 
  • Just 17 percent believe they're getting better, according to a CBS News poll. 

11Alive is Where Atlanta Speaks. We wanted to know where you fit in. Here are the perspectives of 23 people from across the world. 

**The full YouTube playlist is available here and by clicking the video link above. 

The full one hour special can be viewed below

Credit: 11Alive

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