According to a poll, support for the Black Lives Matter movement has increased among young white adults, as well as Asian and Hispanic. Jetmagazine.com reports that “fifty-one percent of white adults between the ages of 18 and 30 say in a GenForward poll they now strongly or somewhat support Black Lives Matter, a 10-point increase since June, while 42 percent said they do not support the movement.”
Despite the support, most young whites think the movement encourages violence against the police. Meanwhile, a poll taken back in June showed that “eighty-five percent of African-American young adults now say they support the protesters. Sixty-seven percent of Asian and 62 percent of Hispanic young adults agreed with that sentiment.”
Sean Bradley, a 26-year-old white male of Clearwater, Florida, explained how watching several encounters between police and Black suspects online helped cement his support for Black Lives Matter. He also confessed that his run-ins with the police resulted in him witnessing officers trying to cover up the illegal conduct of other officers.
“The fact is that the police target Blacks and they discriminate against Blacks,” Bradley said. “Because of how they’ve treated Blacks over the years, of course they (Blacks) don’t trust them (police) and I know for a fact that some of the things the police do are illegal. I would be upset as well.”
The August GenForward poll came after police fatally shot Alton Sterling, and after Philando Castile was shot and killed by a white police officer during a traffic stop.
In related news, the Black Lives Matter UK movement confirmed it was responsible for the protest that closed an airport runway in London this week. The BBC.com reports that #BLM UK said the action was taken in order to “highlight the UK’s environmental impact on the lives of black people locally and globally”.
A statement said: “Whilst at London City Airport a small elite is able to fly, in 2016 alone 3,176 migrants are known to have died or gone missing in the Mediterranean. Black people are the first to die, not the first to fly, in this racist climate crisis. We note, however, that the UK is willing to charter special flights to remove black people from the country based on their immigration status.”
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