You may have noticed some profile pictures have been replaced with a blacked out image today. Maybe you’re wondering why your newsfeed is a bit slower in posts. If you are scratching your head wondering what’s going on, you must have not gotten the memo. It’s #BlackOutTuesday, and here’s what you need to know:
“When you check the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag, it’s no longer videos, helpful information, resources, documentation of the injustice, it’s rows of black screens,” singer Khelani explained on her Instagram story.
Good Trouble actress and activist, Candace Nicholas-Lippan, explained what #BlackOutTuesday was on Instagram. She said, “In response to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahed Arbery, and countless other Black citizens at the hands of the police, #TheShowMustBePaused is an initiative created by two Black women in music in observance of the long-standing racism and inequality that exists from the boardroom to the boulevard. We will not continue to conduct business as usual without regard for Black Lives.”
You can follow her here to get more details on how you can help.
Lippan advises non-Black people to support by doing the following:
- Do not post on social media
- Only post a blank image on all social media platforms for solidarity
- Suspend all Music streams and YouTube streams for the day
- Cancel/ Close/Suspend participation in all dance studios, classes, and meetings
- Identify ways to help your community
- Strengthen your knowledge on contemporary race relations and the history of Black social, political, and economic plight in the US.
Continue to read books on the movement, sign petitions, and donate to the cause if you have the means to do so.
«اتقوا الظلم؛ فإن الظلم ظلمات يوم القيامة» (رواه مسلم
“Do not commit injustice, because injustice is darkness in the Day of Judgment.” (Muslim).