Nearly all of UK adults consider that current anti-racism Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests really deepened the nation’s racial divisions and elevated tensions, a newly launched ballot has revealed.
Some 55 p.c of Britons suppose that the BLM wave of anti-racist demonstrations backfired and exacerbated racial tensions, a newly launched ballot carried out in October by Opinium discovered, primarily based on a survey of greater than 2,000 individuals.
Views on the controversial motion seem to even be cut up inside ethnic minority teams, with 44 p.c of individuals in these communities blaming BLM for intensifying the racial divide.
Solely 17 p.c of all respondents disagreed with the sentiment that the anti-racism motion had made issues worse.
The motion’s organisers justified the numbers as merely exhibiting that BLM has uncovered present points in society. They famous parallel analysis which has proven sharp rises within the numbers of black Britons saying that they had confronted discrimination over the previous 12 months, the Guardian reported. That determine rose by seven p.c in 2020, to 81 p.c.
The statistics appear to reflect elevated discrimination charges towards Asian individuals, which had been up from 68 p.c to 76 p.c this 12 months – the rise coinciding with the Covid-19 virus originating in Wuhan, China.
In demographic phrases, the survey discovered white individuals had been extra more likely to say the BLM protests had elevated racial tensions – significantly Conservative voters, 78 p.c of whom stated it had a damaging impression on race relations.
BLM spokesperson Adam Elliott-Cooper hit again towards the survey, saying it was “deceptive” to counsel that difficult racism will increase racial stress.
“Black Lives Matter hasn’t elevated racial stress, in the identical approach because the civil rights motion within the US didn’t, or the anti-apartheid motion in South Africa didn’t,” he stated, including: “They haven’t elevated racial stress, however they could have made it extra obvious and uncovered what’s there.”
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