Black Lives Matter has unleashed a massive crime wave.
“Support to redistribute police department funding has decreased among Americans since August after a summer of protests had erupted across the country against racial injustice and police brutality, a recent Ipsos/USA TODAY poll found.
The call to redistribute police budgets stemmed from Black Lives Matter activists and protesters who called to “defund the police” after the deaths of unarmed Black Americans who died at the hands of police, such as George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. …
Only 18% of respondents supported the movement known as “defund the police” and 58% said they opposed it. Though whites (67%) and Republicans (84%) were much more likely to oppose the movement, only 28% of Blacks and 34% of Democrats were in favor of it. …”
Only 38% of Americans now believe George Floyd was murdered.
Last summer, 60% of Americans trusted the Black Lives Matter movement to “promote justice and equal treatment of people” compared with 56% who trusted local police to do that. The numbers have since flipped with trust in Black Lives Matter falling to 50% and trust in local police and law enforcement rising to 69%. This comes after lots of big cities controlled by Democrats took action to condemn the police and cut their budgets while unleashing criminals in the name of fighting systematic racism. Evidently, the police said “f*** it” after all the abuse and made good on their threat to step aside.
Charles Blow, the professional black who writes the racial grievance column for the New York Times, is accusing the White allies of virtue signaling and betraying the Black Lives Matter movement even though black support for the movement has dried up by a more substantial margin.
“Something happened this summer in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, and maybe only history will be able to fully explain what it was.
Millions of Americans — many of them white — poured into the streets to demand justice and assert that Black Lives Matter. It’s clear now that the summer protests, which took place during a pandemic during which congregation was discouraged, were for some participants less a sincere demand for justice than they were a social outlet.
As some semblance of normal life began to inch back, enthusiasm for the cause among whites quickly grew soft, like a rotting spot on a piece of fruit. …
In every arena it feels that many of the people who performed allyship during the summer protests are regressing to familiar tribalism that doesn’t protect Black life and excuses Black death. …”
3 out of 4 White people trust the police.
2 out of 3 White people do not believe George Floyd was murdered.
Some number of White people are lying to pollsters about supporting Black Lives Matter and believing George Floyd was murdered because that is the politically correct answer. Lots of White people don’t say what they really think like I do because they are afraid of being accused of “racism.”
The Democrats discovered this much to their horror when Republicans won all of their House races and eroded their majority in 2020. Charles Blow is extremely disappointed with the White allies. The shift in poll numbers has revealed “the bottomless American capacity to countenance cruelty.”
Note: I don’t think Charles Blow has seen this latest poll which shows only 28% of blacks and 34% of Democrats support “defund the police.” It is an even more staggering blow.