White Youths in US Support Black Lives Matter According to Poll

by Derek Scarlino/Love and Rage

WASHINGTON – Results from a poll conducted by the Associated Press and the Black Youth Project show majority support among white youths for the Black Lives Matter movement.

51 percent of whites aged 18-30 either “strongly” or “somewhat” support the movement which aims to challenge police brutality in the United States. The GenForward poll also notes a 10-point growth since in support since June.

Among other ethnicities, the poll found that 67 percent of Asians are supportive of Black Lives Matter as are 62 percent of Latino/as.

Sean Bradley, a while male from Florida, in an interview with the Associated Press said that his support for the movement came as he watched several interactions between police and Black suspects online.

“The fact is that the police target Blacks and they discriminate against Blacks. Because of how they’ve treated Blacks over the years, of course (Black people) don’t trust (police) and I know for a fact that some of the things the police do are illegal. I would be upset as well.”

Since its beginning in 2012 with the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the murder of Trayvon Martin, the movement has grown significantly, even inspiring like movements such as the Movement for Black Lives which seeks for police departments to be disarmed, defunded and disbanded.

Among the greatest criticisms of the movement, however, are the correlations made between periodic violence during protests and the movement’s rhetoric. On that front, white youth overwhelmingly perceived Black Lives Matter at fault for encouraging violence against police, polling at 66 percent.

Likewise, Asians and Latino/as polled at 43 and 42 percent respectively. Black youth, at 19 percent, were the least likely to perceive Black Lives Matter’s rhetoric against police brutality as a call to violence.

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