2020 has been a scary and exhausting year. However, there’s a silver lining. The Black Lives Matter protests demanding justice for Floyd George, racial equality, and an end to police brutality have spread and they’re bringing about real change in American society.

Twitter user Emma collected a list of examples of the change that the protests helped accelerate in the United States in a viral thread that got more than 309k likes and 188k retweets. New laws regulating law enforcement are being introduced and cities are planning to take down statues that some people view as racist.

While other Twitter users pitched in and posted positive changes that the protests helped introduce or made happen faster. Emma urged protestors to keep fighting for change and to not stop just because of a handful of small victories. Scroll down and take a look for yourselves, dear Pandas.

Emma listed the positive changes that the BLM protests helped accelerate in the US and other people pitched in with their examples

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Truth Monster
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3 months ago

Ferguson is majority black population, isn't it? It's weird they haven't had a black mayor up until now

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kasa alex
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3 months ago

Bet Trumpy loves that one **heavy sarcasm**

R L
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3 months ago

He can't read- he won't know what it says.

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okpkpkp
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3 months ago

I love this.

Bianca Roxas
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3 months ago

I found this great site full of activist tactics to help with the strategy of this movement. It’s called Beautiful Trouble, though it made a newer version of the site in Beautiful Rising. So often we see “beauty” as being polite and graceful, rather than beautifully rebellious, strong and full of ironic humor. <3.

He is love
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3 months ago

i love this so much

Al Reilly
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3 months ago

Damage Control after all the crap he's been spewing all week!!!

chris gill
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3 months ago

I noted that they did not include all the other graffiti that this inspired to be written on the street.

Ben Raines
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3 months ago

They misspelled "Black Lies Matter". Also, you can't just unilaterally rename streets and waste city resources in this manner.

Janine Hunt-Jackson
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3 months ago

This is way cool! Hope it's repainted when the paint starts to wear from traffic!

Joran Quinten
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3 months ago

Well, it seems that BlackLivesMatterDC claims the following: "This is performative and a distraction from her active counter organizing to our demands to decrease the police budget and invest in the community. Black Lives Matter means Defund the police."

LittleMissLotus
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3 months ago

Would be fun to see trump drive down that road...

Andrew P Jump
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3 months ago

Don't worry guys, it'll get changed once the news cycle hits.

Leo Domitrix
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3 months ago

Relative had to fly into DC and said you can see it on approach to Reagan National. No idea if true, but it'd be great if it is!

Vlad Nicer
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3 months ago

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Proving that Bored Panda is clickbait for communist propaganda. More black people have died in the 'protests' than were killed by police last year. You've gone full retard, BP.

Virgil Blue
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3 months ago

If (big if) more black people have died during the protests then logically the police must have been the ones that killed them. I mean judging by all the blue on everybody violence including chemical agents and (eye destroying) rubber bullets..

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Medvěd
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3 months ago

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Just other extremism.

Spiritastray
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3 months ago

Um...not, its not.

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Daria B
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3 months ago (edited)

Oh, wow! Hope it works, really! Also, giving her name to such a law is a great way to honour her as well. Breonna was the "sleeping beauty" put to an eternal sleep not even the kiss of the truest love could wake up, as he probably cried her name, telling her to hang on. Breonna's life still matters, and will forever.

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There have been many protests against police brutality in the US in the past. But the newest protests could be the tipping point that could lead to real change in the way that the police operate in the country.

Sean Collins writes on Vox that what lies at the core of the protests is the fear that black Americans have of being killed at any time by law enforcement. However, to change that requires reworking society. Collins states that previous protests have brought about limited change but demonstrators are hoping that this time will be different.

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Sterrinatu
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3 months ago

This is a step in the right direction.

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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3 months ago

I believe I heard Birmingham, Alabama is going to take down one (or two?) also.

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kasa alex
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3 months ago

I think these moves are so powerful

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The Mapping Police Violence advocacy group found that the vast majority, 99 percent, of police officers from 2013 to 2019 weren’t charged with a crime after they killed someone. The group also states that black Americans are 3 times more likely to be killed by police officers than someone who is white.

How long the current BLM protests will continue is anybody’s guess. There are small pockets of change happening right now. However, greater change requires sustained and focused action: society won’t change in just a few short weeks.

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Electric Ed
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3 months ago

Had to google that one up: "Blood chokes (or carotid restraints / sleeper holds) are a form of strangulation that compress one or both carotid arteries and/or the jugular veins without compressing the airway, hence causing cerebral ischemia and a temporary hypoxic condition in the brain. A well applied blood choke may lead to unconsciousness in 10–20 seconds." Sounds like a good idea to stop choking people...

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Truth Monster
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3 months ago

A historic artifact like this is/was important, as it is a physical reminder of the atrocities that happened. Taking it away does nothing. I hope they put it in a museum, as it is a part of American history, as ugly as it is.

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Electric Ed
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3 months ago

I've always thought of the Confederate flag as anti-USA, more than pro-racism. Kind of weird that the US army would allow brandishing flags of its former enemy.

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People might get demotivated and the protests might fizzle out if there aren’t larger victories against police brutality. We’ll see in the upcoming months whether these protests will have a bigger effect on the US than the ones that came before them.

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Spiritastray
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3 months ago

Racist old dinosaurs? SEND IN THE COMET!

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Leo Domitrix
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3 months ago

Change the release to "within 12 hours". Fourteen days is enough time to cover up a lot. ---- from Charlottesville, VA. Yeah. Where we had that 2017 nightmare thing.

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GirlFriday
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3 months ago

I have long been speaking out against QI. Not only would this hold police legally accountable, it will also hold them financially accountable and allow them to be sued in civil court and have to pay the damages themselves. It will also hold prosecutors accountable for misconduct.

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Samantha Lomb
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3 months ago

These men would have never been arrested without the political and social media pressure

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Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
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3 months ago

Please, please, please support your local bookstores and libraries instead of supporting large "mega-companies" like Amazon. You can even do a quick online search to see if there are any black-owned bookstores in your area that you can help support.Many of these black-owned bookstores have created entire "recommended" reading lists on their websites that include books on ending racism and a wide range of books of all different genres by authors of colour.

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Electric Ed
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3 months ago

Is Michigan here a late-comer, or a pioneer?

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Samantha Lomb
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3 months ago

Want to hear some irony. When John Brown launched his raid on Harpers Ferry to seize the federal arsenal to launch his slave rebellion, the two men dispatched to stop him were Robert E Lee and JEB Stuart. Brown was executed for his rebellion. Neither Lee or Stuart were executed for treason for their role in leading insurrectionist Confederate troops though. My guess is the difference is the cause. Brown fought and died to try to end slavery. Lee and Stuart fought to protect it

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Mama Panda
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3 months ago

Nothing should be used on protestors. If they become violent, they are no longer protestors but instead they are rioters. There is a huge difference. One is protected by the constitution and the latter is not.

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Bukky Olaneye
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3 months ago

That's a good start

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Electric Ed
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3 months ago

This is a new thing? ?? ??? Now I start to understand...

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Goli Soda
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3 months ago

All cops should have body cams.

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Palestinian warrior
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3 months ago

Love this!

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Jon S.
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3 months ago

They always do these 'investigations' then nothing comes of it. The UK still exports anti-riot gear to blood-drenched dictatorships around the world.

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Bukky Olaneye
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3 months ago

Good for you!

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Ana.V.
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3 months ago

I felt happy to read this. police officers joining in the protests is a promising good sign that something can be done.

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Janine Hunt-Jackson
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3 months ago

Good for the mayor!

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Samantha Lomb
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3 months ago

Why was there a confederate memorial in a Northern State to begin with? I would assume its likely built in the 1920s when the Klan became popular again in the face of immigration and Blacks demanding rights post WWI but still.

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Jeff Requier
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3 months ago

No one is using bayonets or grenade launchers. The military would love to be able to use bayonets agian. The reason your police depts are like para militaries is because of whack job right wing Christian extremists having military hardware

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okpkpkp
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3 months ago

How could you have elected Pence gov? A total nutjob.

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Emma Knappe
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3 months ago

Yeah, so on the off chance there's something like a school shooter, it's gonna take longer for help to arrive. My school had at least one cop on the school grounds and it was actually better, not worse. He was also unbiased af which was nice

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