A USA TODAY/ IPSOS poll released Friday indicates that only 28 percent of white Americans believe that what happened to George Floyd was murder. If that’s not an indictment of the moral level of white Americans, I don’t know what it is. Discussing the trial of Derek Chauvin, Philonise Floyd, George Floyd’s brother, said that this trial should be very easy to judge, he said “just watch the video.” And he is absolutely right. People that don’t see murder in that video at least have a distorted view of what murder actually is.
In today’s New York Times , Charles Blow in an Op-Ed “The Allies Betrayal of George Floyd” points out as per the poll analysts FiveThirtyEight support for Black Lives Matter skyrocketed after Floyd was killed, but much of that support ended sometimes before Jacob Blake was shot and paralyzed in Kenosha, Wisconsin with 49 percent saying they supported the Movement and 38 percent in opposition. Similar to BLM’s net approval before Floyd’s death. The drop in popularity largely driven by increased opposition among white Republicans (80 percent of whom oppose the Movement, higher than before Floyd’s death), but also white independents who also now supports BLM at same levels as before Floyd’s death.