According to a study conducted by Shom Mazumder at the Harvard University, tracking levels of racial resentment over the last decade shows that the Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests had the effect of lowering racial resentment. White participants of the study were found to harbour less racial resentment in counties where a BLM protest had taken place, compared with counties that didn't experience protests. This study shows that there also seemed to be some modest correlation between counties with BLM protests and voting for the Democratic Party, indicating the presence of protests having some affect on politics also. Even with black people being more likely to die from the coronavirus, many BLM activists are willing to risking their health to stand up for racial justice, but it seems to be a risk that is paying off socially and could even pay off politically in time.
What is popularly referred to as the BLM movement is actually the culmination of many independent activists and an umbrella network of decentralised activist groups and organisations. There are 16 chapters of the Black Lives Matter organisation and a number of other smaller affiliated organisations such as Black Youth Project 100, the Dream Defenders, Assata’s Daughters, the St. Louis Action council, Millennial Activists United, and the Organization for Black Struggle. Far from the simple online advocacy the BLM movement is often associated with, the network of organisations have been involved in the grassroots ground work to bring about social change since day one. This side of organising has not generated the massive protests seen on the news but has lead to significant local political changes, such as the resignation of Florida State Attorney, Angela Corey, who failed to convict George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martins murderer. Likewise the movement to unseat Cook County prosecutor, Anita Alvarez, who failed to charge police officers responsible for police shootings, was led by BYP100 and Assata’s Daughters in Chicago.