With the beginning of the trail of former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin this week, the mainstream media narrative will force feed Americans more talk of racism and policing. But a recent USA Today poll shows that trust and support for police has steadily climbed to 69% while trust in “Black Lives Matter” has plummeted to barely 50%.
In fact, now that America’s cities aren’t burning every night from violent unrest, most Americans now trust police unions to “to promote justice and equal treatment for people of all races” than Black Lives Matter – by two percent!
From USA Today:
Americans’ trust in the Black Lives Matter movement has fallen and their faith in local law enforcement has risen since protests demanding social justice swept the nation last year, according to an exclusive USA TODAY/Ipsos Poll…
Last June, amid accusations of systemic racism in law enforcement, 60% of Americans expressed trust in the Black Lives Matter movement to promote justice and equal treatment of people, compared with 56% who trusted local police to do that.
Now, however, attitudes have shifted significantly. Trust in Black Lives Matter has fallen to 50%; trust in local police and law enforcement has risen to 69%.
Note the language above. Police aren’t tasked with “promoting justice and equal treatment of people.” Their job is to enforce the law and arrest criminals.
It surely looks like the accusations of systemic racism against law enforcement haven’t held water with most Americans. A majority see police as protecting the average law-abiding citizen from criminals and those who prey on others. And after watching violent protests for much of last year, that’s exactly what most Americans want.
USA Today continues by highlighting the difference in viewpoints between black Americans and white Americans.
Black Americans and white Americans now express very different views: 75% of Black people but just 42% of white people express trust in Black Lives Matter, while 77% of white people but just 42% of Black people trust local police.
The McPaper laments that attitudes of both groups “have moved in the same direction” when it comes to growing trust in local law enforcement and growing distrust of “Black Lives Matter.”
But viewpoints in both demographic groups have moved in the same direction compared with the June 2020 survey. Among Black respondents, trust in Black Lives Matter has fallen by 12 points and trust in local police has risen by 14 points. Among white respondents, trust in Black Lives Matter has fallen by 8 points and trust in local police has risen by 12 points.
Obviously, all of America will be watching what happens in the aftermath of the Chauvin trial. Already the city of Minneapolis has taken extraordinary measures to secure the courthouse and surrounding government buildings from more violence that could result, depending on the verdict.
Will those measures be enough for the battle-hardened Antifa and Black Lives Matter agitators who have had months of riot experience in America’s big cities? Time will tell.