According to a survey conducted by the research agency Opinium, a majority (55%) of British citizens believe that the Black Lives Matter movement, which has begun to register a greater presence throughout the UK since last summer, has fueled racial tensions instead of improving the situation.
As The Guardian reported, a survey of more than 2,000 people found that just over half (55%) of adults in the UK believe that protests in major cities, as well as in the Shetland and Wright islands, exacerbated racial tensions.
The survey also found that only 17% of people surveyed in October disagreed with the increase in tensions, while 44% of ethnic minorities also felt that Black Lives Matter had increased racial tensions.
The findings were accompanied by parallel research that showed an increase in the number of Black people who said they felt discriminated against in the last year, from 74% in 2019 to 81% this year.
Meanwhile, the statistics also revealed an increase in discrimination against Asian people from 68 to 76% amid of the crisis generated by the outbreak of the CCP virus (Chinese Communist Party) or Wuhan coronavirus.
As reported by RT, leaders of the leftist movement justified the unfavorable figures by claiming that Black Lives Matter had exposed problems that did not exist in society.
Seventy percent of conservatives agree that the movement has fueled racial discord. In terms of demographics, the survey showed greater discontent among white people who indicated that the BLM protests increased racial tensions.
Regarding the findings, Kalwant Bophan, director of the Center for Research on Race and Education based at the University of Birmingham, linked the statistics to discontent among white people who find their privileges violated, yet the percentage of nonwhites who agree that the leftist movement has made things worse remains high.
According to an opinion article in the Huffington Post, among the reasons the BLM failed in the UK is that ideologically, the movement maintains close ties with communism and the caliphates, which is counterproductive to the desires of many African immigrants who escaped from failed states in search of better living conditions, which end up being undermined by the BLM itself.
“While Africans would unanimously support the original aims of BLM, few are convinced by their actions and rhetoric. Indeed, there are urgent challenges faced by African migrants to the UK but many doubt that BLMUK is competent enough to attend to any of those, given its juvenile tactics and campaigns based on exaggerated figures,” notes Sarah Peace in her article.