What Is Blackout Tuesday? Why People Are Adding Black Squares To Social Media

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On Tuesday, in replace of your everyday selfies, images of black squares have been flooding our Instagram feeds with the hashtag #blackouttuesday #theshowmustbepaused.

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The movement was originally created by music executives, Jamila Thomas and Brianna Agyemang, as a day to listen and to learn.

“In response to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless other Black citizens at the hands of the police, #TheShowMustBePaused is an initiative created … in observance of the long-standing racism and inequality that exists from the boardroom to the boulevard,” a statement from Thomas and Agyemang. “We will not continue to conduct business as usual without regard for Black lives.”

The choice of Tuesday, June 2, is to “intentionally disrupt the work week.”

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“Monday suggests a long weekend and we can’t wait until Friday for change. It is a day to take a beat for an honest, reflective and productive conversation about what actions we need to collectively take to support the Black community.”

They concluded: “This is not just a 24-hour initiative. We are and will be in this fight for the long haul. We are tired and can’t change things alone.”

Many celebrities, influencers and personalities have supported the movement by filling social media feeds with a blacked-out image. The hashtag #BlackoutTuesday has been used more than 6 million times.

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