The Black Lives Matter organization remained silent when they were asked for comment regarding the increasing number of Black murders back in 2020. They were also silent when experts cited BLM and the defund the police initiative for contributing to this figure.
According to Fox News Digital, they reached out to the press team of BLM back on April 14, asking if the organization had any comment connected to FBI data revealing that there was a 32% surge in Black murders back in 2020 as compared to 2019. The outled also asked them for comment about experts, including Heather Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute, saying that the BLM and defund the police movements contributed to the surge in murders, not the COVID-19 pandemic.
Expert: BLM and Defund the Police Movement Caused Spike in Black Murders, not COVID
The news outlet also noted the yearly numbers of Black murders between 2010 to 2020 within their inquiry, but they did not get a response from BLM as of Tuesday morning.
Summer 2020 was notable for all the protests and riots happening all over the country to support the BLM and defund the police movements, all after the death of George Floyd. According to FBI data, murders spiked by almost 30% in 2020 compared to 2019, marking the biggest single-year increase in killings since the said agency started tracking crimes.
For Black Americans, the surge in murders went up disproportionally.
Around 7,484 Black Americans were murdered back in 2019, as per FBI data. This went up to around 9,941 back in 2020, which means there was 2,457 more Black Americans murdered in 2020 compared to the year prior.
To compare, the FBI data revealed 7,043 White people were murdered in 2020, meaning 2,898 more Black Americans were murdered.
On average, 6,927 Black Americans were murdered yearly from 2010 to 2019, revealing that Black murders went up by 43% in 2020 compared to the previous 10-year average.
Back in 2020, thousands of Americans pledged their support for the BLM movement, and one way that they showed this is by joining protests. The support for the group also involved corporations pledging donations to social justice projects, athletes in BLM apparel, and celebrities publicly voicing their support and donating to BLM.
Murders of Black Americans rose 43% in 2020 compared to the previous 10-year average. Experts point to “Defund the Police” efforts and “soft on crime” leniency by liberal prosecutors as contributing factors. The BLM movement needs to do some soul searching https://t.co/4Ezh67wnL6
— David Burke 🇺🇸 (@ConservativeTht) April 19, 2022
“Certainly, the protests and riots mid-2020 after the death of George Floyd followed a pattern of spiking violence that we’ve seen following past viral police incidents, such as the deaths of Michael Brown and Freddie Gray. This pattern has been termed the ‘Ferguson Effect’: police pull back while violent crime spikes precipitously,” Hannah Meyers told Fox News Digital.
St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson coined “The Ferguson effect” back in 2014 following the police shooting of Michael Brown, a black man, which sparked widespread protests. This theory then gained widespread attention back in 2016 following the release of Mac Donald’s opinion piece on the Wall Street Journal, which touted that the effect is one “where the Black Lives Matter narrative about racist, homicidal cops has produced virulent hostility in the streets.”
As per FBI data, the number of murders in the 2010s first breached the 7,000-benchmark in 2015 following the high-profile deaths of Freddie Gray in the same year and of Brown the year prior. Black murders had gone down four years before Brown’s death.
In 2020, Mac Donald wrote that the Ferguson effect was happening once more following Floyd’s death, and it was occurring with even more brutality.
According to Mac Donald, 2020’s “violent-crime increase—call it Ferguson Effect 2.0 or the Minneapolis Effect— has come on with a speed and magnitude that make Ferguson 1.0 seem tranquil,” with regard to the crime spike that happened that year.