Black Americans have a different message than the radicals claiming to speak for them.
The left’s bullhorn is very loud and they constantly use it to tell us that they speak for the majority of groups they claim to stand on behalf of. The truth is, the groups they claim to represent have an opinion of their own that isn’t being heard.
When given the chance to speak, they give the truth and as it turns out, these groups have a different idea of what they want.
According to a Gallup poll, black Americans don’t actually want a reduction in the police force as many of the social justice groups, Black Lives Matter spokespeople, and marchers claim. By a good majority, they want police to stick around as much as possible. In fact, they’d like them to stick around more:
When asked whether they want the police to spend more time, the same amount of time or less time than they currently do in their area, most Black Americans — 61% — want the police presence to remain the same. This is similar to the 67% of all U.S. adults preferring the status quo, including 71% of White Americans.
Meanwhile, nearly equal proportions of Black Americans say they would like the police to spend more time in their area (20%) as say they’d like them to spend less time there (19%).
These findings are from a June 23-July 6 Gallup Panel survey, administered by web in English and conducted as part of the newly launched Gallup Center on Black Voices. The study includes large samples of Black, Hispanic and Asian Americans, weighted to their correct proportions of the population.
Of these four racial/ethnic groups, Asian Americans are the most likely to want less police presence where they live, with 28% saying this. That contrasts with 12% of White Americans, 17% of Hispanic Americans and 19% of Black Americans.
If you’re confused, the reality of the situation is that some minority communities have higher than normal crime rates according to research and a police presence keeps that crime level suppressed. Naturally, when police are gone, these rates increase.
Contrary to the claims made by groups such as Black Lives Matter and the media will tell you, black Americans are not the police-fearing victims they claim, at least not to the degree you’d think. They appreciate police presence just as much as anyone else, maybe even more so. As my colleague Alex Parker highlighted, black Americans are even willing to march to celebrate police in the midst of Los Angeles, a leftist hotbed of anti-police sentiment.
You won’t hear or see this in the media or discussed amongst radical leftist groups. Their aim has never been the protection or equality of black lives. It’s always been about politics.
The bottom line is that black Americans are being used as a tool by the left, which isn’t that much of a change from their usual view of minorities. Next time BLM tells you what the black community wants, tell them you’ll ask the black community yourself. Their word is worth its weight in sewage.