“A poll this week from Monmouth University found that for the first time, a majority of Americans believe the police are more likely to use excessive force with a black person than with a white person. Four years ago, only about a third of Americans held that view.”
That’s according to a recent piece by NPR — a piece that features a broad spectrum of Wisconsin voices on the unjust murder of George Floyd at the hands of the police. It’s tough to say exactly what this could mean politically come November, but one thing is certain: this newfound supportive majority means large swaths of white Americans understand that “Black Lives Matter” isn’t really a debate.
Some that spoke with NPR feel it’s a sign of our nation’s leadership, such as Lydia Spottswood, who said, “I think people are tired of the meanness, the sheer vicious mendacity of the Trump regime.”
Others, such as 21-year-old Amanda Pacheco, were less reserved in their commentary. “He’s insane, tear gassing, he’s just meeting them with violence, and what they’re trying to do is be peaceful and get their voices heard. Either way, even when Colin Kaepernick took a knee — the most peaceful thing ever — it was just a knee. People got so mad at that,” she told NRP.
It’s a deeply unsettling time for Americans and Wisconsin, which is among the most partisanly-divided states in the union. You can read the comments of more Wisconsinites across both aisles here.