Black Lives Matter could be the biggest movement in U.S. History


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Lakshmi Katravulapalli, Staff Reporter

News reporters said the Black Lives Matter protests started in early summer on June 6. Many say the significant increase in protests and the number of people who are doing it is because of the death of George Floyd and similar impacts of other blacks. 

The BLM protests today are highly reflective of the civil rights marches back in the 1960’s, but many say the BLM protests today are different from the past because of the increase in the amount of people and towns protesting. According to the New York Times, “There have been more than 2,500 small towns and large cities” protesting “with an average of 140 per day.” 

Many studies have been analyzing the change in protests about BLM every day. Studies have suggested that the number of BLM protests have decreased since May due to the challenges of Covid-19. There were approximately 500 protests on May 31 and only 150 protests on July 24. According to the Civics Analytics Poll, most of the protesters are under the age of 35 and come from a high income group. Fifty percent of the people surveyed said it was their first time protesting and getting involved with a form of action. 

Recent protests have been difficult to achieve because of the social distancing and mask requirements because of the increase in Covid-19 cases. According to the Crowd Counting Consortium, the number of BLM protests have decreased significantly in the past month due to the increase in Covid-19 cases.

Despite the challenges of Covid-19, the number of protests that have happened in a small amount of time and in these conditions is remarkable. According to the Pew Research Center, it has been said that all different ethnic and religious groups have communicated contributions and service to the Black Lives Matter movement. The public says that BLM protests have created a time of significant and noteworthy social and political change. 

BLM has spread change across the world about embracing freedom and sharing equal opportunities for everyone. BLM protests started in 2013, but have greatly increased in 2019 and 2020, hopefully these protests can bring about change in our world.