You may have seen your timeline on social media BLACKED OUT. That's because today is #BlackoutTuesday
A movement started by record companies in the music industry.
Here is a message from them as well as a guideline of what #BlackoutTuesday represents and how to participate.
Essentially the point is to take the time away from what we normally see on social media (celeb news, products being sold, self promotion, etc.) and focus on reading, educating and informing yourself and others to what the black community is asking for.
If you'd like to participate you can:
1) Save the blacked out photo below and post on your social media pages to let people know you are participating.
2) Make Sure you DO NOT use the hashtag for BlackLivesMatter or BLM because you will block people from seeing important information /resources that are being posted. People will only see blacked out photos.
3) Use the hashtags #BlackoutTuesday #TheShowMustBePaused
4) Share articles (like this one) you found helpful so maybe it can help someone else.
5) Do not post as you normally would. That means selfies, dog pics :( , celeb news or anything that does not have to do with the black lives matter movement or how you can help your local black community.
We gathered a list of resources you may find helpful to better understand this movement.
Lets start with what you can do to take action:
2) Support black owned businesses
4) Call Hennepin County (Minneapolis) Attorney Michael Freeman at (612) 324-4499. And when you call, let them know that you are calling to advocate on behalf of George Floyd, who was murdered in broad daylight by Minneapolis police officers abusing their power. You can literally just read off that last sentence and the job is done.
5) Volunteer! Something I am passionate about so I wrote a whole article on how you can volunteer in Denver to clean up after protests. https://957theparty.iheart.com/featured/nina-blanco/content/2020-05-31-how-to-volunteer-for-clean-up-crew-downtown-denver/
5) ‼️Not everyone is made for the frontline at the protests, so don’t guilt trip yourself because you think you MUST be on the frontlines to support! I found this post on facebook very helpful in other ways you can support the black community in your city.
Here are some resources you can read, listen and watch to better help your understanding of Black History
The National Museum of African American History & Culture released a web portal designed to provide free educational resources and tools from scholars, activists and historians CLICK HERE to check it out
Teachers guide to African American History Month: https://www.africanamericanhistorymonth.gov/for-teachers/
Six Questions to STOP Asking Your Black Friends: instagram.com/p/CA0JYZAjMU5/?igshid=rrzpb55hii3h
Why you should stop saying "All Lives Matter": https://www.vox.com/2016/7/11/12136140/black-all-lives-matter
10 little known Black History Facts: http://www.pbs.org/black-culture/explore/10-black-history-little-known-facts/
Anti-Racism Resources: https://docs.google.com/…/1BRlF2_zhNe86SGgHa6-VlBO-Qgi…/edit
Billie Eilish on All Lives Matter vs. Black Lives Matter:
Films and TV series to watch:
- 13th (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix
- American Son (Kenny Leon) — Netflix
- Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 — Available to rent
- Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu) — Available to rent
- Dear White People (Justin Simien) — Netflix
- Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler) — Available to rent
- I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin doc) — Available to rent or on Kanopy
- If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) — Hulu
- Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton) — Available to rent
- King In The Wilderness — HBO
- See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol) — Netflix
- Selma (Ava DuVernay) — Available to rent
- The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution — Available to rent
- The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) — Hulu with Cinemax
- When They See Us (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix
Resources for parents to help explain racism to their children:
VIDEOS to watch:
"The birth of a mass movement" Black Lives Matter
Woman recognizes her White Privilege