Racism Declined During the Black Lives Matter Campaign

Black Lives Matter protesters demonstrate against police brutality in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Black lives matter. And in the struggle to reduce racism, the Black Lives Movement matters.

That’s the encouraging conclusion of new research, which reports both conscious and unconscious pro-white bias decreased during the early years of the political and social crusade.

“Anti-racist social movements like Black Lives Matter may have an effect of moving all racial groups toward more egalitarian racial attitudes,” write Jeremy Sawyer of City University of New York and Anup Gampa of the University of Virginia. Their study is published in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.


The Black Lives Matter movement was born in July of 2013, at a…

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