Folks who still have those Black Lives Matter signs in their yards may want to reconsider in light of what matters to Blacks.
Black Lives Matter Chicago openly supports not just defunding the police but abolishing it entirely, along with prisons and the entire Illinois Department of Corrections.
But a new poll commissioned by Wirepoints found that Black Chicagoans want what all Chicagoans want – more policing in their neighborhoods. They just want the problems fixed.
Wirepoints wanted to know what Chicagoans of all races think about that and a range of other issues so we commissioned a major survey by a polling organization known for balance and objectivity – RealClear Opinion Research.
Seventy-nine percent of Chicagoans want the police to spend the same amount of time or more in their neighborhoods. That holds true across the city and across races. Only 15% of Blacks and 10% of Hispanics citywide said they want the police to spend less time in their neighborhoods.
Attitudes do vary by race, however, when it comes to how well the Chicago police are doing, which we detailed in our full report on the poll released Thursday.
What about Black Lives Matter, specifically?
Even though Chicagoans want more police, and even though the majority of every race in Chicago oppose defunding the police, Chicagoans nevertheless say they support BLM, which wants abolishment and defunding. More than three-quarters of surveyed Chicagoans reported they strongly support or somewhat support BLM. Black Chicagoans maintained the highest support for BLM (86%).
Why the contradiction?
The poll doesn’t tell us but the answer no doubt lies in the difference between support for the BLM movement and the BLM organization. “Black Lives Matter” is seen by many as just a generic call for racial equality and police reform that’s different from the organization.
And there’s simple ignorance about what the organization wants. Those using the BLM mantra may not know or care what the organization stands for, but they should. As we’ve written before, the BLM organization calls for a range of things beyond abolishing the police that range from extreme to nutty, including Marxism and giving large chunks of Chicago to Native Americans — decolonizing “Zhigaagoong,” which is their word for Chicago. BLM Chicago’s founder has defended looting, calling it a “slave revolt.”
BLM is a poor label for the movement, which should distance itself from BLM the organization because the organization does not represent the views of any race.
More details on the Wirepoints/RealClear Opinion Research poll are here: