National polling outlet Civiqs has been tracking the level of support from registered voters for Black Lives Matter since April 2017.
Two academics looked at the results from Civiqs most recent survey (May 21) and presented their analysis in The New York Times.
I feel compelled to share their bios, particularly Ms. Chudy’s. [Emphasis mine]: “Jennifer Chudy is an assistant professor of social sciences and political science at Wellesley College. She studies white racial guilt, sympathy and prejudice. Hakeem Jefferson is an assistant professor of political science at Stanford University, where he studies race and identity.
They note that support for BLM overall has seen a net increase since 2018.
On Jan. 1, 2018, 38 percent of registered voters supported the group, 41 percent were opposed, 18 percent neither supported or opposed and 3 percent were not sure. On May 21, 47 percent support BLM, 40 percent oppose, 12 percent neither support nor oppose and 1 percent are unsure.
Support for the group increased over the past three and a half years from 38 to 47 percent while those opposed decreased by one percent. What stands out is that those opposed largely remained opposed and the increase in support came from those who were previously neutral or unsure.
The Times presents Civiqs’ data on a graph which resembles a typical bell curve. It shows a breakout in support starting on March 13, 2020, the date that Breonna Taylor was killed. On May 25, the date of George Floyd’s death, support spikes and the line showing new support is nearly vertical. It continues to rise until June 3. Support reaches 53 percent, just 29 percent of respondents are opposed, 17 percent are neutral and two percent are unsure.
This is the high water mark for BLM. From that point on, support for the movement plummeted.
The authors point out that, by this time, “protests have spread to more than 140 cities nationwide.”
Americans had been shocked after seeing former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin press his knee into George Floyd’s neck for nine minutes, but that wasn’t an excuse for burning down cities, toppling monuments and looting stores.
Chuddy and Jefferson see other reasons for the drop. They lament that they “the more general picture contradicts the idea that the country underwent a racial reckoning. Last summer, as Black Americans turned their sorrow into action, attitudes — especially white attitudes — shifted from tacit support to outright opposition, a pattern familiar in American history. Whereas support for Black Lives Matter remains relatively high among racial and ethnic minorities, support among white Americans has proved both fickle and volatile.”
“Support among white Americans has proved both fickle and volatile?” Is it unreasonable to oppose an organization that burns down buildings and businesses, smashes store windows so they can be looted, wounds our police officers and disregards the law? I don’t see anything fickle or volatile about that.
Then, the two take aim at Republicans specifically. “After Mr. Floyd’s death, Republicans reported much stronger support for Black Lives Matter than they had earlier in 2020. For a party often characterized by its racial insensitivity and antagonism toward racial minorities, this increase in support was striking. But perhaps even more striking is its rapid decline.”
Finally, they write this: “Some have wondered whether support for B.L.M., especially among white people, is genuine or merely virtue-signaling. As the volatility of the polling suggests, there is reason to be skeptical. This conversation, however, misrepresents racism as a social problem rooted in individual values rather than as a system forcefully sustained by our institutions.”
I suppose this kind of stupidity is to be expected from a white guilt and sympathy major.
Not only do I not support Black Lives Matter, I consider them to be a terrorist group.
By constantly telling blacks that they’re oppressed, people like Chuddy and Jefferson are making blacks believe they’re oppressed.
Shortly after the protests began last summer, conservative writer and Senior Fellow at The Hoover Institution, Shelby Steele, joined Fox News’ Mark Levin on his Sunday night show. Steele, who is black, shared some much needed insight into the racial riots that were rocking the country at the time.
Steele recalled growing up in the 1950s in Chicago when segregation was “fierce.” No one was taking money from the government. His father, with a third grade education, bought three ramshackle houses, rebuilt them and then rented them out. He “kept clawing his way up.” And he wasn’t unique. They were all working hard.
Steele came of age during the civil rights era in the 1960s and said the biggest difference between then and now is that, back then, everybody knew exactly what they wanted. “Often [it was] a piece of legislation, a civil rights bill or something else that was specific or concrete.”
He speaks of the vagueness of the current protests. “So, what is this really all about?” Steele thinks it’s about power and, “in order to pursue power, as they do, you have to have victims.”
The death of George Floyd, he told Levin, “generates such excitement among this crowd and validates their argument that America is a wretched country. It feeds this old model of operation that we’ve developed, that America is guilty of racism – and has been for four centuries and minorities are victims who are entitled.”
Steele continued: “And so, when people start to talk about systemic racism built into the system, what they’re really doing is expanding their territory of entitlement. We want more. We want more. … Society is responsible for us because racism is so systemic.”
“Well, that’s a corruption. And I know it’s a corruption. Because the truth of the matter is that blacks have never been less oppressed than they are today. Opportunity is around every corner.”
He also believes there’s always going to be some racism in every society. He noted, “My own sense is that it’s endemic to the human condition. We will always have to watch out for it.”
“Blacks, he says, are unhappy that they’re at the bottom of most socioeconomic ladders, but instead of blaming it on the police or anyone else, they need to take a look at themselves.”
“Why don’t you take some responsibility for it? … I would be happy to look at all the usual bad guys, the police and so forth, if they have the nerve, the courage, to look at black people and say, you’re not carrying your own weight, you’re going to go have a fit and a tantrum and demonstrations…
“Are you teaching your child to read? Are you making sure that the school down the street actually educates your child? Are you becoming educated and following a dream in your life and making things happen for yourself? Or are you saying ‘I’m a victim and I’m owed? And the entitlement is inadequate and I need to be given more and after all, you know racism has been here for 400 years…and so, it’s time for you to give to me.
“That’s an exhausted, fruitless, empty strategy to take and we’ve been on that path since the 60s and we are farther behind than we’ve ever been and we keep blaming it on racism and blaming it on the police. I’m exhausted with that.
“They took a lot of responsibility for their lives because the government didn’t [during segregation]. What civil rights bill is going to replace that? What value system?
“And that is the problem. That we have allowed ourselves to be enabled in avoiding our real problems by a guilty white society. That keeps using us and exploiting us as victims. … If you really care about how minorities do, why don’t you ask them to do it? Why don’t you ask them to drop the pretense?
“We have let this sort of guilty society and our grievance industry put us in this impossible position where we are a permanent underclass.
“White guilt: Buying back legitimacy by exploiting minorities all over again.
“‘Look, we beat you up pretty badly. You can’t make it without us – unless WE are the agent of that change. Not you, us. So they take over the agency, over black development and say, if you don’t get more government money, more government programs, you will never make it. You are dependent on us and what happens? A grievance industry springs up in black America to receive all that white beneficence.
Chuddy and Jefferson would do well to listen to Steele.
The video of this segment can be viewed here.