Good Neighbors

See Moments Of Peace And Solidarity Inside Nationwide Protests

In the wake of the death of George Floyd, we'll show you how folks are coming together in positive ways.

As some of the protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis turned violent in many cities, if you look, like we did, there were also signs of hope.

After a peaceful gathering in the East Liberty neighborhood of Pittsburgh, PA on Sunday evening, a protester named Alexander Cash walked over to a group of state troopers who were lined up in a parking lot.

Cash was carrying a case of water bottles. Did he throw them at police? No, he calmly set them at the feet of the officers.

"I know you guys are out here doing your jobs. I'm not mad at you," Cash said. "I'm mad at the ones that are doing it to us, do you understand? We came out here peaceful, and that's what I'm trying to show ya'll."

Alexander Cash offers bottles of water to state troopers after a peaceful protest in Pittsburgh. @RexChapman

Some smiled at the gesture and others said thank you.

"Stay safe," the young man said as he walked away. "And positive!"

The person recording the video added, "Good job, guys."

Cash thanked the officers and encouraged them to stay positive. @RexChapman

The exchange was later shared in a Twitter post that has been shared thousands of times.

"This is what we need today to see people as people, human as humans without dividing people. Love all beings," one user commented.

"This gets me right in the feels. You can tell the black community is hurting," another person wrote. "I'm outraged over Mr. Floyd's murder too. This young Man has amazing character and a tribute to those who raised him. Don't mistake the peaceful protests from the violent."

Other moments of peaceful protest have been shared on social media, including an event in Niagara Falls, NY that ended with protestors and police giving each other fist bumps and handshakes.

Another video showed protesters dancing in the streets of Newark, NJ as a sign of peace and solidarity.

Another touching moment took place when a group of protestors in Canton, OH started singing, "Lean On Me."

While we tend to only hear about the negativity and violence surrounding the protests over George Floyd's death, it's heartening to see so many peaceful moments happening in communities all over the country. Hopefully, even more moments of compassion and kindness will be trending soon!

How can you start something good?

What are you doing to spread positivity during this time of crisis?

While you may not choose to participate in the protests, you can support people in your community in other ways.

Volunteer to clean up after the protests, donate to an organization that celebrates and protects diversity, engage in constructive actions and conversations, and listen to viewpoints that might be different than your own.

Let's #StartSomethingGood together!

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