I for the life of me cannot see how Black Lives Matter is considered by some to be racist and divisive. For me personally, if a particular group feels so threatened that they feel compelled to call attention to their plight, in this case the shooting of unarmed Black children, teenagers and men by the police and the sometimes brutal way they are treated by the police, then Black Lives Matter is a cry for others to wake up and take notice of what is unfolding, because if people don't wake up and take notice, this unwonted killing and brutality will continue unabated without anyone taking the least bit of notice, which is, in and of itself, already a great tragedy because that means that no one cares a fig about what is happening to Black children, teens and men, our fellow Americans, our brothers.
I also cannot understand how non-Blacks can be more skeptical of claims of racism for the simple fact that they are not Black. They have no idea what it is like to be Black, to live as a Black person and they have no idea as to just what kinds of racism Blacks experience in their daily lives. No, non-Blacks do not have the right to sit and judge just how much racism Blacks experience.
'Republican attitudes toward African-Americans hardened significantly in 2016, according to an authoritative new study.
'Only 32 percent of Republican voters in 2016 said they believe that African-Americans face “a lot of discrimination.” That was a significant drop from just a year earlier, when the Public Religion Research Institute asked the same question. In that survey, 46 percent of Republicans responded that blacks experience significant discrimination.
'In fact, more than half of Republicans told PRRI in 2016 that “discrimination against whites has become as big a problem as discrimination against blacks and other minorities.” Among Democrats, 69 percent disagreed with this statement, and 59 percent of Independents disagreed.
'The 2016 study surveyed 40,509 people by phone in the second half of the year, starting in mid-May, just after Trump had effectively clinched the nomination.
'About three-quarters of Republican voters are white Americans who identify as Christian, said PRRI CEO Robert P. Jones.
'Attitudes among voters of other political persuasions stayed fairly steady on the question of discrimination against African-Americans during this period. Among Independents, 58 percent said in 2016 that blacks are discriminated against, a drop of just one point. And 77 percent of Democrats answered affirmatively in 2016, down just three points from a year earlier.
'When PRRI first asked the question in its 2015 study, public awareness of the Black Lives Matter movement was still growing. Since then there have been a number of other well-publicized cases of blacks killed by police under questionable circumstances.
'Jones noted that President Trump’s campaign in 2016 included “a very hard push back to Black Lives Matter … that began to be seen as the Republican response.”
'Trump called the group a “threat” and that “a lot of people feel that it is inherently racist.”
'“It’s a very divisive term, because all lives matter. It’s a very, very divisive term,” Trump said.'