But the fire Trump is igniting
is fueled by a country that has historically resisted black social justice
According to the American
National Election Studies, 57 percent of Americans in 1964 said
most of black people’s actions during the civil rights movement in the most
recent year were violent. Sixty-three
percent of Americans believed the civil rights movement was
moving "too fast." And a majority of Americans (58 percent) believed
that black people’s actions for the movement hurt their own cause.
And just a reminder: Two
of the key actions by civil rights activists in 1963 were the March on
Washington, when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous "I Have a
Dream" speech; and "Bloody Sunday," when Alabama state troopers
brutally beat peaceful protesters attempting to march from Selma to Montgomery
for their right to vote.
But Americans today share
similar attitudes toward the Black Lives Matter movement.
According to the Pew Research Center,
43 percent of Americans support the Black Lives Matter movement.