The NY Times wrote an entire article on falling support for the radical Marxist BLM movement, and never once mentioned the words “riot” or “loot.” Instead, the Times blamed the drop in support on “virtue signaling” that had artificially driven levels of support for BLM up after George Floyd’s death. Paul Sacca reports for The Blaze:
The one-year anniversary of the death of George Floyd occurs next week on May 25. Following the deaths of Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery last year, support for Black Lives Matter skyrocketed.
However, just as fast as the support for Black Lives Matter soared, the backing of the movement quickly plummeted, according to analysis from the New York Times.
The so-called “newspaper of record” investigated the sudden and startling decline in support for Black Lives Matter, but did not make any mention of the riots that burned American cities for months, which often spawned from BLM protests.
From NYT: ‘Support for Black Lives Matter Surged Last Year. Did It Last?’ The answer is no. ‘The data…contradicts the idea that the country underwent a racial reckoning.’ https://t.co/GL2wY9BsB5 pic.twitter.com/hlTK2xMMB3
— Byron York (@ByronYork) May 22, 2021
“Notably, support for the movement peaked in the immediate aftermath of George Floyd’s death and then swiftly declined,” the New York Times article read. The decline was so significant that “Republicans and white people have actually become less supportive of Black Lives Matter than they were before the death of George Floyd — a trend that seems unlikely to reverse anytime soon.”
The article, which was written by Jennifer Chudy and Hakeem Jefferson, noted that Republicans had supported the Black Lives Matter movement shortly after Floyd’s death, which shocked the authors because they label the Republican Party as “often characterized by its racial insensitivity and antagonism toward racial minorities.”White support for Black Lives Matter surged last spring but then fell to lower than it had been pre-Floyd. Analys… https://t.co/PAsEnb8rql
— Matthew Yglesias (@Matthew Yglesias)1621687572.0
“The reason for the drop seems to be shifting attitudes among Republicans and white Americans, two large and often overlapping groups,” the NYT said.
“Some have wondered whether support for B.L.M., especially among white people, is genuine or merely virtue-signaling,” the authors suggested.
Nowhere in the New York Times article is the word “riot” found. Since Floyd’s death, there were regular riots across 140 U.S. cities. The looting and property damage from the riots, many of which were carried out by BLM supporters, are estimated to be the “most expensive in insurance history.” The riots result in at least $1 billion to $2 billion of paid insurance claims, according to data released in September.
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