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Pew Research: Majority BLM protesters are white Democrats

Large-scale race protests and rallies have captured public attention around the world and amplified calls for police reforms. They are driven by young white Americans with college degrees.

Published: June 27, 2020, 10:32 am

    Black Americans account for only 17 percent of those who say they attended a protest focused on race or racial equality in the last month, while 46 percent of those who said they attended a BLM protest are white.

    Eighty-eight percent of white Democrats said that police treated black Americans less fairly than white Americans, according to a Pew Research Center poll conducted last year. That is similar to the number of black Americans (84 percent) and black Democrats (86 percent) who expressed this view.

    Almost 80 percent of those who say they participated in a BLM protest recently identify with or lean toward the Democratic Party, while just 17 percent said they were Republican.

    Similarly, 86 percent of white Democrats said they thought the overall criminal justice system is unfair to black people, similar to the share of black Americans (87 percent) and black Democrats (90 percent) who believe this.

    Of the 6 percent of American adults who said they attended a protest or rally in the last month according to the recent Pew Research Center survey, most of the actual marchers were likely to be white, live in an urban area and vote for, or support the Democratic Party, particularly focused on issues related to race or “racial equality”.

    Recent Hispanic American BLM marchers accounted for 22 percent, slightly more than their ethnic representation, similar to black attendees.

    Eighty-four percent of white Democrats and 78 percent of black Americans said they thought the killings of black Americans by police officers was part of a broader problem and not just a series of isolated incidents, according to a 2019 YouGov survey.

    According to a Gallup poll, the number of white Democrats who support reparations for black Americans has increased from 11 percent in 2002 to 33 percent in 2019.

    White Americans increasingly agree with the notions that “black people have gotten less than they deserve” and “slavery and discrimination still hold black people back today,” according research by Sean McElwee of the leftist pollster Data for Progress. White Democrats said they saw as much evidence of racism as black Americans in every sphere of life, according to the 2019 Pew survey.

    Research from Data for Progress suggests that white millennials are much more likely than older white people to agree that black people in America face “structural racial discrimination”.

    Whites with a bachelor’s degree and under the age of 50 are increasingly aligned with Democrats.  White flight from the Democratic Party occurred almost entirely among white people without a college degree with college-educated whites shifting toward the Democrats in what has been called the “diploma divide”.

    As the Associated Press reported, for the generation of Americans under 16, the demographic non-white future is already here, according to figures released by the US Census Bureau on Thursday.

    “We are browning from bottom up in our age structure,” William Frey, a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution noted. “This is going to be a diversified century for the United States, and it’s beginning with this youngest generation.” Frey cited low white fertility rates for the decline.

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