Authors of a recent New York Times op-ed wrote a lengthy piece that made what appeared to be an amnesia-induced attempt to explain the “rapid decline” in support for the Black Lives Matter movement since George Floyd’s death in the summer of 2020.
Somehow, the authors managed to write the entire article omitting the word “riot.”
Instead, they wrote, “The reason for the drop seems to be shifting attitudes among Republicans and white Americans, two large and often overlapping groups.”
A graph shared on Twitter accentuates the “shifting attitudes” as well as the steep decline in support that followed Floyd’s death.
“After Mr. Floyd’s death, Republicans reported much stronger support for Black Lives Matter than they had earlier in 2020,” write @pikachudy and @hakeemjefferson. “But perhaps even more striking is its rapid decline.” https://t.co/XhRuDHv0zE pic.twitter.com/Lr10y7FUFe
— New York Times Opinion (@nytopinion) May 22, 2021
Then, possibly in an effort to deflect from the real issue, the authors started name-calling, slamming both Republicans and white Americans in general.
“For a party often characterized by its racial insensitivity and antagonism toward racial minorities, this increase in support was striking, but perhaps even more striking is its rapid decline,” they explained.
“And if high levels of support for B.L.M. following George Floyd’s death were surprising, the quick about-face was anything but,” they wrote. “The precipitous decline in support, especially among Republicans and white Americans, mirrors the increased politicization of the issues by elites. In the days and weeks following Floyd’s death, Republican politicians quickly turned attention away from the actions of a murderous police officer to those individuals protesting the injustice.”
Did the authors have a statue topple over “peacefully” and fall on their head?
Perhaps, Republicans turned their attention to the “individuals protesting the injustice” because in addition to protesting “peacefully” they were also burning cities down.
The “mostly” peaceful protests seemed to turn violent frequently. In June of 2020, “protesters” vandalized, torched, and toppled a George Washington statue in Portland Oregon in the name of “racial equality” and the Black Lives Matter movement.
The responses from users on Twitter may have helped the authors “remember” why Republican support of Black Lives Matter dropped off so quickly…
One user tweeted, “The word ‘riot’ does not appear once in the article but they did manage to include ‘Latinx.’ Another attempt to memory hole the massive riots from last year.”
“Perhaps the cities being on fire had something to do with this,” writes another.
“Folks tend to find this type of thing less positive when their cities are on fire because of it. Its weird, I know…” one user responds snarkily.
Other users also chimed in:
“Possibly because of them rioting and doing billions in damage to the cities.”
“You mean a full year of violent rioting from BLM and other leftist groups turned people off from their cause? No kidding.”
— Intrepid Eagle 🇺🇲 (@SonsOfMontesQ) May 22, 2021
Perhaps the most observant response of all:
“Really striking. There was a brief moment of unity and agreement. I remember it,” the Twitter user recalled. “Then came #DefundThePolice and the looting and the burning and BLM was hijacked by communist radicals looking to incite division and make themselves a bunch [of] money”
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