Black Lives Matter has lost all the good will it garnered amid nationwide racial justice protests, according to an authoritative poll released Monday.
America’s racial “reckoning” left behind massive destruction and few tangible accomplishments so far.
The Pew Research Center found that in August 2017, 55% of Americans “strongly” or “somewhat” support Black Lives Matter.
- In June 2020 — following the death of George Floyd and the start of a massive uprising in the streets and the culture for racial justice and police reform — public backing of the left-wing anti-police organization peaked at 67%, per Pew.
The new Pew survey revealed that support for Black Lives Matter has regressed to the exact same level — 55% — where it was before the group led the would-be revolution of 2020.
Support for BLM is about the same as before the Floyd protests. pic.twitter.com/Jdn4iPnVcI
— Noah Smith 🐇 (@Noahpinion) September 27, 2021
Opposition to Black Lives Matter rose from 31% in June 2020 to 42% in September 2021, the poll showed.
- As Bloomberg Opinion writer Noah Smith pointed out on Twitter, Americans responded to the question of whether they support Black Lives Matter nearly the same way they did to being asked, “Are you a Republican or a Democrat?”
The George Floyd protests, with Black Lives Matter at the forefront, fueled unprecedented destruction: thousands of police injuries, a handful of deaths and at least a billion dollars in property damage, according to estimates.
- Across the U.S., violent crime surged a record 30% in 2020, an FBI annual report showed Monday, as many cities embraced activists’ calls to “defund the police.”
- The Black Lives Matter brand was also tarnished by revelations about the group’s radical social views and questionable financial dealings.
Despite congressional Democrats’ symbolic support for Black Lives Matter protesters, federal police reform legislation was declared dead this week.
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) September 25, 2021
Meanwhile, cities across the U.S. have quietly reversed course and started to “refund the police.”