BLM protests are arguably the biggest in U.S. history, with more than 26 MILLION Americans participating
Black Lives Matter protests that have erupted in the United States are arguably the largest demonstrations in the country’s history, with over 26 million people participating.
The figures come from four recent polls – including one published by Civis Analytics – which showed that 15 million people to 26 million people took part in demonstrations that stemmed from the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd.
“I’ve never seen self-reports of participation in protest so high for a specific problem in such a short period of time,” Neal Caren, an associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, explained to New York Times.
The figures come from four recent polls that showed 15 million people to 26 million people participated in demonstrations that stemmed from the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd (protest in New York)
The surveys show that at least seven million people have participated in demonstrations in recent weeks.
In comparison, about three million to five million people came to the 2017 Woman’s March in one day. That event was highly organized, unlike BLM demonstrations, which were much more organic.
“Really, it’s hard to overestimate the scale of this movement,” said Deva Woodly, an associate professor of politics at the New School.
The civil rights marches in the 1960s were nowhere near as great, the professor added.
“When we add up all those protests during that period, we are talking about hundreds of thousands of people, but not millions,” she said.
The surveys show that at least seven million people participated in demonstrations in the past week (protests in Los Angeles)
An evaluation of international protests for independence by Erica Chenoweth, a professor at Harvard Kennedy School, found that about 3.5 percent of a country’s population is protesting the deprivation of government leaders.
As of May 26, there have been more than 4,700 demonstrations in the United States, averaging about 140 per day.
“The geographic spread of protest is a very important feature and helps indicate the depth and breadth of a movement’s support,” said Kenneth Andrews, a sociology professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Professor Woodly explained that the protests are taking place in such large numbers as activists are given guidance and framework for their Black Lives Matter demonstrations.
There seems to be some correlation in activism and contempt for Trump and his administration. A poll by The Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation found that one in five Americans said they have taken part in protests since the start of Trump’s administration. About 19 percent of Americans said they protested for the first time.
As of May 26, there have been more than 4,700 demonstrations in the United States, averaging about 140 per day (Minneapolis protest)
At least 1,360 counties in the United States – about 40 percent – have had some form of Black Lives Matter protests. Nearly 95 percent of these counties are predominantly white, and nearly three-quarters of the counties had a population of over 75 percent white.
Without contradicting the reality and significance of general white support for the movement in the early 1960s, the number of whites sustainably engaged in combat was relatively small, certainly not like the percentages we have seen recently participate weeks, “said Douglas McAdam, professor emeritus at Stanford University who studies social movements.
Younger and wealthier Americans also participate in more of the demonstrations. Most of the protesters are from the age group for people under 35.
At least 1,360 counties in the United States – about 40 percent – have had some form of Black Lives Matter protests (Washington DC demonstrations)
Recent videos of police brutality against protesters or against the black community have been a huge motivational factor in people participating for the first time.
Now that the coronavirus pandemic is also ravaging the United States, people also have more time to commit to activism.
“Being at home and not being able to do so much can amplify something that’s already a bit critical, something that’s already a powerful catalyst, and that’s the video,” said Daniel Q. Gillion, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania.
“If you haven’t been touched by George Floyd’s video, you have nothing in you. And that catalyst can now be enhanced by the fact that individuals are likely to have more time to protest. ‘