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    Black Lives Matter protests may be the largest in U.S. history as more than 26MILLION Americans have been at the more than 4,700 demonstrations around the country

    • The figures come from four recent polls that found that 15 million to 26 million people have been a part of demonstrations
    • Surveys suggest that at the minimum, seven million people participated in demonstrations over the last several weeks
    • In comparison, roughly three million to five million people came out for the Woman’s March of 2017 on a single day 
    • More than 4,700 demonstrations have happened in the United States since May 26, averaging out to roughly 140 per day 
    • At least 1,360 counties in the United States – roughly 40 per cent – have had some form of Black Lives Matter protests 

    Black Lives Matter protests that have erupted across the United States may be the largest demonstrations in the country’s history, with upwards of 26million people participating. 

    The figures come from four recent polls – including one released by Civis Analytics – that found that 15 million people to 26 million people have been a part of demonstrations that spawned following the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd.  

    ‘I’ve never seen self-reports of protest participation that high for a specific issue over such a short period,’ Neal Caren, associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, explained to the New York Times.

    The figures come from four recent polls that found that 15 million people to 26 million people have been a part of demonstrations that spawned following the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd (protest in New York) 

    The surveys suggest that at the minimum, seven million people participated in demonstrations over the last several weeks. 

    In comparison, roughly three million to five million people came out for the Woman’s March of 2017 on a single day. That event was highly organized in contrast with BLM demonstrations, which have been much more organic. 

    ‘Really, it’s hard to overstate the scale of this movement,’ said Deva Woodly, an associate professor of politics at the New School.

    Civil rights marches in the 1960s were not nearly as big, the professor added.

    ‘If we added up all those protests during that period, we’re talking about hundreds of thousands of people, but not millions,’ she said.

    The surveys suggest that at the minimum, seven million people participated in demonstrations over the last several week (protests in Los Angeles)

    The surveys suggest that at the minimum, seven million people participated in demonstrations over the last several week (protests in Los Angeles)

    A review of international protests for independence by Erica Chenoweth, a professor at Harvard Kennedy School, found that roughly 3.5 per cent of a country’s population protest to unseat government leadership. 

    More than 4,700 demonstrations have happened in the United States since May 26, averaging out to roughly 140 per day.  

    ‘The geographic spread of protest is a really important characteristic and helps signal the depth and breadth of a movement’s support,’ said Kenneth Andrews, a sociology professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

    Professor Woodly explained that the protests are taking place in such vast numbers because activists are gaining guidance and framework for their demonstrations from Black Lives Matter. 

    There does appear to be some correlation in activism and disdain for Trump and his administration. A poll from The Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation found that one in five Americans said that they have participated in a protest since the start of Trump’s administration. Some 19 per cent of Americans said they were new to protesting.

    More than 4,700 demonstrations have happened in the United States since May 26, averaging out to roughly 140 per day (protest in Minneapolis)

    More than 4,700 demonstrations have happened in the United States since May 26, averaging out to roughly 140 per day (protest in Minneapolis)

    At least 1,360 counties in the United States – roughly 40 per cent – have had some form of Black Lives Matter protests. Nearly 95 per cent of these counties are majority white and nearly three-quarters of the counties had populations of more than 75 per cent white.  

    ‘Without gainsaying the reality and significance of generalized white support for the movement in the early 1960s, the number of whites who were active in a sustained way in the struggle were comparatively few, and certainly nothing like the percentages we have seen taking part in recent weeks,’ said Douglas McAdam, an emeritus professor at Stanford University who studies social movements.

    Younger and wealthier Americans are also participating in more of the demonstrations. The largest share of protesters have come from the age group for people under the age of 35.

    At least 1,360 counties in the United States - roughly 40 per cent - have had some form of Black Lives Matter protests (demonstrations in Washington D.C.)

    At least 1,360 counties in the United States – roughly 40 per cent – have had some form of Black Lives Matter protests (demonstrations in Washington D.C.)

    Recent videos of police violence towards protesters or toward the black community were a huge motivating factor as to why people participated for the first time.  

    With the coronavirus pandemic also ravaging the United States, people are also having more time to engage in activism.  

    ‘With being home and not being able to do as much, that might be amplifying something that is already sort of critical, something that’s already a powerful catalyst, and that is the video,’ said Daniel Q. Gillion, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania.

    ‘If you aren’t moved by the George Floyd video, you have nothing in you. And that catalyst can now be amplified by the fact that individuals probably have more time to engage in protest activity.’  

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