As reported by The Hill, results of a recent Harvard-Harris Survey found that a majority of Americans hold an unfavorable opinion of Black Lives Matter, but that views of the controversial group are sharply divided along racial lines.
The overall numbers indicate that 57 percent of voters see BLM negatively, while just 43 percent look at BLM in a positive light. For those hoping their fellow Americans might have as jaundiced an opinion of BLM as they have, this might seem like welcoming news, at first glance.
Unfortunately, a deeper examination reveals the numbers aren’t quite what they seem, and that there’s a disturbing split between blacks and whites on the subject of Black Lives Matter.
Broken down by race, the numbers show that whites, overall, take a particularly dim view of BLM, while blacks seem to roundly approve of the group. According to the poll, just 35 percent of whites look on BLM favorably, while a resounding 83 percent of blacks have a favorable view.
“The public is sympathetic to the problem of police using too much force but overall are unsympathetic to the Black Lives Matter movement,” said Mark Penn, co-director of Harvard-Harris. “As you might expect, white voters are sharply negative to the group while African-Americans give them positive ratings.”
As for the matter of perceived fairness of the criminal justice system, overall, the survey results reflect a split right down the middle: 50 percent of voters believe it is unfair to minorities, and 50 percent believe it is fair.
Again, though, looking at the numbers through the lens of race, 85 percent of black voters say there’s bias in the criminal justice system, while 60 percent of whites say they system is fair to people of color.
And so it goes.
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large