In May, the death of George Floyd set off protests across the country in support of the BLM movement. It was a term first coined after the death of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old black teenager, by George Zimmerman, who was suspicious of the teen’s actions in a Florida neighborhood. Since then, every time a black man or woman dies during an interaction with the police, regardless of whether the reason is justified, the BLM movement is mobilized.
According to the BLM website, “Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.”
The Pew Research report shows that for most Americans, this message is beginning to wear a little thin.
Currently, 55% of the American population supports BLM, that’s down from 67% in June. The number of people who strongly support the movement is also down, from 38% to 29%.
Much of this decrease can likely be attributed to the violent and chaotic protests, rioting and looting that has disrupted the country throughout the summer. The shooting of black men by police officers have often been the catalyst for most of these protests, which has left cities and towns in ruins. While some of this could be attributed to outside elements, it’s likely that for many in the country it is difficult to disassociate the two.
It seems like the BLM movement is aware of this as the organization recently took down some of its more inflammatory statements about the nuclear family on its website.
According to various reports, the group removed this section from its website: “We make our spaces family-friendly and enable parents to fully participate with their children. We dismantle the patriarchal practice that requires mothers to work ‘double shifts’ so that they can mother in private even as they participate in public justice work. We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and ‘villages’ that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable.”
Though the rest of the country is seemingly souring on the BLM movement, support among African Americans remains high at 87%, which is one percentage point higher since the poll was originally taken in June.
For white adults, 60% originally supported the movement, but that number has now dropped to 45%. For Hispanics, support has fallen from 77% to 66%.
When it comes to the political parties and white Americans, it shows that only 16% of white Republicans support the movement, down from 37% in June.
Ironically, white Democrats are more supportive of the BLM movement than blacks with 88% supporting the movement, which is down slightly from 92% in June. It’s an interesting factoid, and one that is supported by various videos and social media posts that have captured white protestors and anarchists being the perpetrators of some of the vandalism while claiming that they are “allies” of the BLM movement.
While this doesn’t mean that BLM isn’t part of the problem, it goes to show that during this time of unrest in the country, protests usually end up attracting people more interested in chaos and destruction, rather than peaceful demonstrations. Perhaps BLM should take these latest results as a sign to retool their strategy and rethink their radical and Marxist agenda.
There is absolutely no question that every life should matter and be considered important, but is BLM the best movement for that? It’s unlikely.