The Black Lives Matter movement has gained a lot of momentum over the years and it reached a peak in the summer of 2020 after the murder of George Floyd. The passing of George Floyd spurred protests all across the country and all over the world. Many social media users changed their display icons to the black power fist. There were thousands of posts being shared about systemic racism in the United States. However, just a couple months later, the huge support that BLM once had has decreased significantly. People are now raising the questions: Is Black Lives Matter effective? Or is it all performative?
The decrease of support for Black Lives Matter
In June of 2020, many Americans came together as one to mourn lost black individuals and protest for BLM. Fast forward 3 months, and the support for the BLM movement has decreased significantly. Pew Research Center has recently released statistics about BLM supporters and while many Black Americans still support the movement, support from other racial groups have decreased. This can be seen mostly among the white and Hispanic racial groups. While 60% of white people and 77% Hispanic people supported the movement in June, the numbers have decreased to 45% and 66%. It has also been reported that strong support from the black community has also decreased 9%. (Thomas and Horowitz, 2020) Find out more here.
It seems that one of the reasons why the support for BLM decreased is due to the political interest of the organization. Some users on social media platforms argue that the movement does not actually care about black people. They believe that BLM is a government scheme from the democratic party to win election votes. This theory is especially relevant today with the 2020 election coming up. A reason why support may have decreased in the black community is performative activism. As seen in the video, some black people believe that BLM does not effectively help black individuals. Joy argues that BLM started with good intentions, but eventually took away the power to enable black people to take charge and not be victims.
The Black Lives Matter movement has a really great mission to raise awareness of systemic racism in America. The question is: is that enough? Is it enough to acknowledge BLM or should there be further steps taken so that the support does not stop at performative activism?
Questions about BLM to discuss on Ohlelo:
- Does BLM help or hurt?
- Do black Americans really need BLM?
- How much does politics play into BLM? Do you believe the conspiracy theories?
- How is Black Lives Matter effective?
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