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How Public Opinion Has Moved on Black Lives Matter

That articles like this keep appearing in the New York Times clearly indicates that the elite strategy is to protect the state by making it appear as though police state excesses are merely a racial issue, as opposed to the race issue merely being a symptom of the wider disease, with the implicit assumption being that the police state or state generally would be benign if only there was less racism or no racism at all. Of course, this leaves out the fact that police states can be pervasive in both heterogeneous (Saddam Hussein’s Iraq) and homogeneous (DPRK) societies. The objective seems to be to build a more multicultural, rainbowed police state with cops wearing the masks of social workers. The supposed victory over racist police brutality can then be incorporated into the theology of the civil religion. It really is fascinating how the state has managed to turn a low-intensity civil insurrection into a mere “two minutes” of hate session.

By Nate Cohn and

New York Times

American public opinion can sometimes seem stubborn. Voters haven’t really changed their views on abortion in 50 years. Donald J. Trump’s approval rating among registered voters has fallen within a five-point range for just about every day of his presidency.

But the Black Lives Matter movement has been an exception from the start.

Public opinion on race and criminal justice issues has been steadily moving left since the first protests ignited over the fatal shootings of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown. And since the death of George Floyd in police custody on May 25, public opinion on race, criminal justice and the Black Lives Matter movement has leaped leftward.

Over the last two weeks, support for Black Lives Matter increased by nearly as much as it had over the previous two years, according to data from Civiqs, an online survey research firm. By a 28-point margin, Civiqs finds that a majority of American voters support the movement, up from a 17-point margin before the most recent wave of protests began.

The survey is not the only one to suggest that recent protests enjoy broad public support. Weekly polling for the Democracy Fund’s U.C.L.A./Nationscape survey shows a significant increase in unfavorable views of the police, and an increase in the belief that African-Americans face a lot of discrimination.

Perhaps most significant, the Civiqs data is not alone in suggesting that an outright majority of Americans agree with the central arguments of Black Lives Matter.

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