Now only 1/2 of US supports Black Lives Matter

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Support for the Black Lives Matter movement, which began as an online campaign a decade ago to combat violence and systemic racism toward African Americans and eventually resonated worldwide, has dropped significantly from its peak in the summer of 2020, according to a new report.

Today, about half of U.S. adults, or 51%, said they support the BLM movement, according to a Pew Research Center survey published Wednesday. Three years ago, following the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, more than two-thirds of U.S. adults, or 67%, supported the movement.

In the aftermath of the killings — which saw upwards of 26 million people around the U.S. participate in racial justice protests during what became known as the “summer of racial reckoning” — millions of Americans were galvanized. U.S. companies pledged billions to combat racial justice and invest in Black-owned businesses, universities promised new facilities to highlight their commitment to ending systemic racism and law enforcement departments committed to reform.

Critics now question how much real progress has been made.


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