The purpose of Blackout Tuesday on Instagram. An effort to raise awareness about police brutality and systemic racism, which started in the music industry before being co-opted by countless Instagram users, appears to be backfiring somewhat.
The “Blackout Tuesday” campaign began as a push for a day of reflection from music artists and labels in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, in Minneapolis last Monday. But almost immediately after the campaign started, countless Instagram users uploaded solid black squares in solidarity and added a #BlackLivesMatter hashtag. That meant the new Blackout Tuesday posts showed up as rows and rows of black squares on the Instagram page for #BlackLivesMatter. Many offered little to no context or information about the movement or demonstrations.
This was certainly not the purpose of Blackout Tuesday. Still, the effort altogether seemed to have a significant impact, especially in the music industry. 'That's not going to bring my brother back': George Floyd's brother calls for end to violence. MINNEAPOLIS — After a week of mushrooming protests and, in some cities, looting and violent clashes with police, the younger brother of George Floyd arrived Monday at the Minneapolis intersection where Floyd's life came to an end a week ago.
For Our White Friends Desiring to Be Allies. Author's Note: I'm writing this in hopes that it can be used to lighten the load of marginalized folks, keeping in mind that not all marginalized people want to engage in the ally conversation, and that is perfect as well.
For those who do, my prayer is that when someone asks you the question, “how can I be a stronger ally?” You might choose to save your breath/energy and send this in its place. I have been asked by two dear friends, “how can I be a stronger ally?” Being the slow emotional processor that I am, I wanted to spend some time with this before I answered them. How to Make this Moment the Turning Point for Real Change. As millions of people across the country take to the streets and raise their voices in response to the killing of George Floyd and the ongoing problem of unequal justice, many people have reached out asking how we can sustain momentum to bring about real change.
Ultimately, it’s going to be up to a new generation of activists to shape strategies that best fit the times. But I believe there are some basic lessons to draw from past efforts that are worth remembering. First, the waves of protests across the country represent a genuine and legitimate frustration over a decades-long failure to reform police practices and the broader criminal justice system in the United States. As chaos engulfed Philadelphia, peace reigned across the river in Camden. Barack Obama visited Camden in 2015 and lauded the Camden County Police Department's commitment to achieving public safety through community-engaged policing.
On Monday, while what began as peaceful protests condemning the death of George Floyd at the knee of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin continued to descend into violence, arson, vandalism and looting, the 44th President once again praised the department for its part in keeping the peace in Camden. In a Medium post entitled "How to Make this Moment the Turning Point for Real Change," Obama calls protests across the country a representation of "a genuine and legitimate frustration over a decades-long failure to reform police practices and the broader criminal justice system in the United States. " Peaceful demonstrators, said Obama, "deserve our respect and support, not condemnation — something that police in cities like Camden and Flint have commendably understood. " How it began. Anti-Racism Resources for all ages.
Ahmaud Arbery Could Have Been Me. According to McMichael, he ran in his house and grabbed his son, Travis, and both grabbed their weapons.
McMichael told police they armed themselves because they “didn’t know if the male was armed or not.” McMichael also told police he saw Arbery “the other night” stick his hand down his pants, which led him to believe he was armed. Arbery was not armed. No one living knows what Arbery felt in his final moments. UnpackingTheKnapsack. Guidelines for Effective White Caucuses. PBS Teaching Your Kids about Black History Month. By kindergarten, most children have heard of Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. They are taught that he, like Mahatma Gandhi, was an advocate for peace and equality. However, consider going beyond Dr. King. For example, teach your child about Rosa Parks, the seamstress and civil rights activist whose refusal to give up her bus seat to a white passenger ignited the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Her story is part of our shared American history. David Lammy on why there’s nothing scary about a black man in a hoodie.
Why 56 black men are posing in hoodies. Cephas Williams is tired of how people look at him when he wears his hoodie.
"I am a black man with a degree in architecture, and I find I am not taken seriously when I walk into a room full of strangers. " Cephas is now trying to change perceptions of black men through the use of photography. The 27-year-old is an entrepreneur from New Cross, south-east London, who works in the community.