Historically speaking, America was the land of opportunity. For generations since the end of the civil war, most individuals across the country have enjoyed unmatched economic opportunities domestically. It was the belief by a majority of the average American public that with hard work and careful financial management, subsequent generations would be “better off” than the previous. Families historically could provide for themselves and their children on one income, and in almost every case, the standard of living increased from decade to decade. While modern technology still provides a quality of life unmatched in history, the economic conditions of the middle class continue to worsen. Wages have stagnated for decades and decreased in many instances due to rampant inflation. The dreaded “hourglass effect” appears to be increasingly prevalent nationally as the middle class continues to shrink.
Since the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, the murder of George Floyd, and the widespread riots and violent protests in cities across America that followed, crime levels have soared. But it appears that even before the fateful summer over three years ago, organized protests against law enforcement entities in the United States may have had a detrimental effect on crime levels. In a new article listed by the Daily Caller, the Black Lives Matter, or (BLM) organized demonstrations correlated with an 11.5% increase in murders over the half a decade that followed after they took place.
In the new academic study published by the journal of urban economics in early September stated that numerous related studies and research projects have discerned that after the Black Lives Matter and anti-police movement began, police became less assertive and proactive in their efforts to maintain public safety. Due to this, it is likely that individuals with malicious intent were emboldened. One alarming statistic demonstrated that over a 5 year period, murders increased by 11.5% while property crime clearance rates declined by 8%, denoting a sharp decrease in police activity.