A poll by the Pew Research Center in April found that only 51 percent of the over 5,000 respondents were supporting BLM. A record 67 percent supported BLM in June 2020 amid the death of George Floyd and the riots it triggered.
In contrast, opposition to BLM has risen to a high 46 percent since August 2017, the first time BLM emerged as a hashtag on Twitter. Only 34 percent opposed BLM during the June 2020 George Floyd riots, but this rose to 44 percent in September of that year. It dipped slightly to 42 percent, before settling at 46 percent in April. (Related: Rioters "fighting" for social justice cause people to despise BLM.)
The Pew survey's respondents also espoused a negative view of BLM. It found that 61 percent believe BLM did not improve the state of race relations in America. Moreover, 57 percent of respondents expressed the belief that BLM did not improve the lives of Black people.
Support for BLM along party lines did not reach 50 percent for both Republicans and Democrats. In contrast, opposition to the movement surpassed 50 percent.
Fifty-nine percent of respondents who espouse conservative views described BLM as "dangerous," while 54 percent dubbed it "divisive." Only 42 percent of respondents who espouse liberal views called BLM "empowering," while only 27 percent of the same cohort called BLM "inclusive."
"A majority of Americans say the increased focus on issues of race and racial inequality in the past three years hasn't led to changes that have improved the lives of Black people," Pew noted.
Claims of financial mismanagement have plagued the group, which reached its zenith during the summer of 2020. BLM took to the streets to protest against alleged abuses by law enforcement and systemic racism. Woke corporations also bent their knees to the movement, donating huge sums of money.
It later emerged that the group and its leader Patrisse Cullors squandered the money on expensive properties and lavish parties. According to the Washington Free Beacon, this profligate spending led to the BLM Global Network Foundation (BLMGNF) – the movement's national arm – blowing through two-thirds of the $90 million raised after Floyd's death in 2020. It also suffered a massive drop in donations in its 2022 fiscal year filing.
The Free Beacon also disclosed that during the tax year ending June 2022, BLMGNF spent more than $10.5 million on high-priced contractors. Interestingly, many of these contractors share close ties with Cullors – stoking rumors of embezzlement.
In one instance, two companies run by Patrice's brother Paul raked in $1.6 million for "professional security services" for BLM last year. Paul also collected a $126,000 salary for his work as BLM's "head of security." This gig also entailed protecting a $6 million mansion in Los Angeles the foundation secretly purchased with donor cash in 2021.
The rumors of corruption and embezzlement within the activist group led BLM Grassroots to distance itself from BLMGNF. Established in 2020, BLM Grassroots broke away in 2022 amid investigations by several liberal states over the foundation's compliance issues.
"The plummeting of donations to [the BLMGNF] is further evidence that donors want to fund the work, not high-priced consultants," BLM Grassroots said in a statement. It directly blamed Patrice and her mismanagement of funds for the group's financial insolvency.
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