Black Lives Matter May Be the Largest Movement in U.S. History

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Black Lives Matter May Be the Largest Movement in U.S. History

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The current Black Lives Matter demonstrations reached its height on June 6, when more than half a million people rushed out to the streets across almost 550 points throughout  the United States. And that still persists with nothing wavering in them regarding the issue of black human right and lives.

Four later surveys—counting one released by Civis Analytics, an information science firm working with businesses and civil democratic campaigns — recommend that around 15 million to 26 million individuals within the United States have taken part in protests over the killing of George Floyd and others in later weeks.

These statistics would make the recent demonstrations about black lives matter the biggest movement within the country’s history, agreeing to interviews with researchers and crowd-estimation experts.

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“I’ve never seen self-reports of protest participation that high for a specific issue over such a short period,” told Neal Caren, presently working as an associate professor at the University of North Carolin, Chapel Hill, who in involved in examining social movements across the entire United States.

The approximate turn out of the population during the Women’s March of 2017 was around three million to five million people on a single day, but the positive aspect of that movement was it organized and planned nature with utmost control of emotions and crowds. The current Black Lives Matter demonstrations seem to have far outraced the latter in terms of numbers and discipline and control and planning.

“Really, it’s hard to overstate the scale of this movement,” told Deva Woodly, an associate professor of politics at the New School about the statistical date regarding the black lives matter movement.

Professor Woodly stated that the civil rights marches that took place in the 1960s were much smaller in number and stature. “If we added up all those protests during that period, we’re talking about hundreds of thousands of people, but not millions,” she told.

Even demonstrations to overthrow government and/or its management or for independence get success if they somehow manage to raise their population turn out to 3.5 percent of the population to the streets, as confirmed by a review of international protests by Erica Chenoweth, a professor at Harvard Kennedy School.

Why Black Lives Matter movement is different

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Exact turnout at the demonstrations is difficult to count and has led to some famous disputes. An mixture of assessments by the police, various organizers, and news reports of the locality mostly are included among the total officials. But the statements issued by various crowd estimation experts tell the numbers in black lives matter movement to be much bigger that what is being reported. On June 6, for instance, at least 50,000 people trod on the streets for protest in Philadelphia, 20,000 in Chicago’s Union Park and around 10,000 on the Golden Gate Bridge, as confirmed by Edwin Chow, an associate professor at Texas State University, and researchers at the Crowd Counting Consortium.

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