The current US protests are full of violence from the police. Tear gas, rubber bullets, smoke bombs, and more. However, there is still something to look forward to as people join in on compassion and empathy for each other. Here are a few feel-good and inspiring moments amidst the US protests.
1. Sheriff Joins March in Michigan
The original goal was to talk to the demonstrators but he ended up actually joining their march. The Sheriff even gave a speech later on saying that the police are there just to ensure that the protest was peaceful. He also reiterated that the police department supports protesters’ freedom of speech.
As cities across the country burned Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson embraced protesters and marched with them on Miller Road in Flint Twp.https://t.co/3LF67okz6Y
— Mid-Michigan NOW (@midmichigannow) May 31, 2020
2. Canadians in Muskoka peacefully join in the US protests
A peaceful demonstration while still following social distancing rules. Citizens of Muskoka in Canada joined in on the US protests against the unjust death of hundreds of people from police brutality.
“Every human knows the personal reality of pain, of suffering,” said Cassie. “The hard work and choice we have always before us is whether we transform our pain into compassion for others, so the same can be said of love.”#HuntsvilleON #Muskoka https://t.co/oeEmBkkjVr
— MuskokaRegion.com (@MuskokaRegion) June 3, 2020
3. A Celebration of Life for George Floyd in Puerto Rica
Death will always be sorrowful, but the life well lived should always be thanked for. Protests against racism and police brutality were done with dancing and music in the town of Loiza in Puerto Rico.
“A lot of us experience the consequences of constant racism.”
Why hundreds of Puerto Ricans in Loíza showed up to celebrate the life of George Floyd and protest police brutality: pic.twitter.com/x4fME7pOM5
— REMEZCLA (@REMEZCLA) June 3, 2020
4. A Police Officer gives a moving speech in a US Protest
The police chief of Houston gave an inspiring speech to demonstrators. It seems that a person of color himself, he is one with US protesters. He was almost in tears sharing his own experiences of being a member of the minority. He assured that his department will march with the demonstrators, to fight for what is right.
This. More of this. https://t.co/yAE03RsoeK
— Richard Marx (@richardmarx) June 1, 2020
5. Protester Embraces an #AllLivesMatter” Protester
Saying that #AllLivesMatter, in context is right. However, in the middle of this racial issue in America, it actually takes away people’s focus from the center of the movement – which is racial bias and police brutality. It simply isn’t the right time to bring this argument to the table.
One moment I keep going back to today–> This woman walked into the SLC protest this afternoon yelling something like “all lives matter.” She was instantly scolded by protesters for a minute or two until this man showed put his arm around her and worked to calm the situation down pic.twitter.com/SszuD0Ff5f
— Carter Williams (@cwilliamsKSL) May 31, 2020
6. Barrack Obama Inspires: Change is Possible
Saying that Americans miss former president Barrack Obama is an understatement. He says that he could feel the incoming change that may happen in America. He believes in the ability of Americans to create the change that they are looking for.
Watched Pres Obama’s speech (should be posted shortly – https://t.co/oFjziZ1FZY). So refreshing to hear a LEADER w/intelligence & compassion, who encouraged the US to be hopeful, to follow protests w/action & continue to unite for change. #ObamaGreat #ObamaIsBetterAtEverything
— Kelly Mauras (@kellymauras) June 3, 2020
7. A Barrier of Love and Compassion
A group of women created a human barrier against the police to protect demonstrators in Kentucky. It may not be their fight now, but this may be the best way to show empathy and support in this crisis.
With cities burning, protests raging and a President inciting violence, Kentucky’s women show us the way. Compassion and strength on display for all America to see.#BreonnaTaylor #GeorgeFloyd #AhmaudArbery @AC360 @maddow @11thHour @DeadlineWH @FoxNews pic.twitter.com/3cy2l5qKsW
— KY Patriot (@KYPatriot17) May 29, 2020
8. Peaceful US protests reach the Pacific
Leagues away, people from New Zealand flock the streets to join US protests against racism and police brutality.
Thank you New Zealand.
America needs prayers and protests right now.
— Fierce Sword of Compassion (@FierceSword) June 1, 2020
9. Walking out for Change
Breonna Taylor was a young African American woman who was fatally shot by police in Louisville about two months before George Floyd’s death. A demonstration to fight for the life of Breonna Taylor in Louisville took a crazy turn as many police officers walked out on the mayor. They put in long hours, face violence against protesters. Put in a tight spot, they follow the mayor’s orders of tightening security. However, he simply does not give them support.
10. A cute little boy leads a protest
A little boy leading a “Black Lives Matter” chant. A lot of people might be appalled by this. However, this young boy might be a victim in his future, if things do not change now. Just a feel-good reminder that anyone can lobby for change – young and old.
— kluxbuster (@alientayy) June 4, 2020