You’ve probably seen the black boxes flooding your Instagram timeline with #BlackOutTuesday as the caption. But, what does this blackout really mean and how does it help fight against systemic racism and police brutality?
There’s some confusion about what this “blackout” really does. While it may seem like it’s silencing the voices that have been loudly protesting against white supremacy, it’s actually aiming to amplify them. The blackout is a call to pause those things that aren’t important right now and use this time to strengthen the fight against police brutality while calling for justice for George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and others. It was initially penned #TheShowMustBePaused, an initiative created by Atlantic Records executive Jamila Thomas and Platoon’s Brianna Agyemang.
So, what should you do today to help the cause? Here are their suggestions…
– If you have been impacted by the recent events, take a break – there is a lot going on and sometimes we all just need a minute. Take that minute.
– Help the family of George Floyd HERE.
– Fight for Breonna Taylor HERE.
– Help the family of Ahmaud Arbery HERE.
– Want to help protesters? Donate to one or more community bail funds HERE.
– Visit Movement For Black Lives for additional ways you can help the cause.
– Want to connect with leaders building grass roots campaigns? Click HERE.
– Are you an ally and want to learn more? Here are some anti-racism resources.
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