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Death by Outrage: #BlackoutTuesday


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Shana C.


Wilmington, DE - Shattered glass and debris still littered the streets of Market Street Sunday morning, as local business owners and residents began the massive clean up after protests turned destructive Saturday evening.


As I walked down the middle of the street, observing, and taking pictures, I noticed a section of the strip that had been left untouched. All of the shops on the block having one thing in common.


Written largely on the windows read:


“BLACK OWNED.”


Despite my feelings towards the overall situation, I was proud.


Nationwide, protests grew violent over the weekend as demonstrators took to the streets to exercise their frustrations over the murder of George Floyd at the hands of the former Mineappolis Police Deptartment officers Derek Chauvin, Tou Thao, J Alexander Kueng, and Thomas K. Lane. As of today, all four officers have been terminated, but only Chavuin has been arrested and charged. There is little known about the whereabouts of the remaining participants.


Today, black squares fill the timelines of social media platforms as protesters continue to demand justice. Captions read “#BlackoutTuesday.”


But, what exactly was “#BlackoutTuesday” ? And was I the only one that got a late memo about it? I actually belong to a Facebook group specifically designated for a “Blackout” event in July, so what was this about? Either way, after noticing my timeline flooded with posts by more than a few of my more reputable peers, I figured I had just missed the memo. I didn’t have time to think more into it. I posted my black square, and my hashtag, and went to work.


I didn’t stop thinking about it though. After more thorough research, I learned that the event was created by music executives, Jamila Thomas and Brianna Agyemang in an attempt to join other businesses in ceasing services in support of the protests. Brands like Reebok, Nickelodeon, and Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty had been doing the same. The instructions were conflicting, but overall, the objective seemed to be to refrain from the usual selfies, and quotes, to post information related to race relations and social injustice.


Somehow, the message got misconstrued.


“We desperately need appointed leaders for the 2020 Civil Rights Movement. Like yesterday.” - @LostinAshia___




On the same day of Preliminary Election day in several states, various arguments suggest that the blackout negates its own purpose by silencing the voices of the people it’s fighting for. While opposing opinions suggest that the movement serves as a united front in support of the “Black Lives Matter” Movement.


Personally, I would have hoped that we could have stood united on such a simple gesture. But, I also embrace that it would be beneficial to have a better method of preparation for such an exercise. A spokesperson, or an exclusive platform, to properly execute this movement. We should not hesitate to exhaust all options available to show support of what we’re fighting for.


#BlackoutTuesday” was an unnecessary exercise, at the most. It is the inability to appear in agreement for the sake of the general purpose is what was humiliating. I hold a similar stance in regards to the looting that occurred locally and nationwide over the weekend. I understand living in a community with limited resources, yet the ones you do have, are less accessible, charge more to serve you, and treat you differently than your suburban counterparts. This is a totally legitimate cause for a violent rebellion. We've been fighting this fight every day of our lives. But for those who have grown exhausted from writing posts, and reposting videos of the graphic slaughtering of people who could’ve been us, this simple gesture was the necessary statement to demonstrate words we’ve seem to be repeating tirelessly to describe the exhaustion caused by endless injustice and disregard.


But, how dare we be so publicly unprepared?


What resources can we use to serve as a united platform?

How can we get on the same accord? Leave your comments below. Become a part of the solution!


AND SAY THEIR NAMES!


George Floyd

Breonna Taylor

Ahmaud Arbery

Tamir Rice

Trayvon Martin

Oscar Grant

Eric Garner

Philando Castile

Samuel Dubuse

Sandra Bland

Walter Scott

Terrence Crutcher

David Yearby


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