AHS-O1-1. Perceived Racial Discrimination, Black Lives Matter, and Political Participation in 2020
Faculty Mentor: Elizabeth Maltby, Ph.D.1
1College of Liberal Arts, Department of Political Science
This study aims to investigate the impacts of Black Lives Matter protests and perceptions of racial discrimination on political participation in 2020. Survey responses from the 2020 Collaborative Multiracial Post-Election Survey are matched with data on protest locations across the United States. Regression models test the effects of the aforementioned two independent variables on political engagement. A third question tests the interactive effect between Black Lives Matter protests and perceptions of racial discrimination. The results of this study show statistically significant results for Black respondents; Black Lives Matter protests and increased perceptions of racial discrimination both have a positive relationship with political participation. The interaction between the two independent variables shows a negative overall relationship with participation, but results vary based on an individual’s perception of racial discrimination. This study does not yield statistically significant results for non-Black respondents, indicating that these two concepts have greater impacts on Black communities.