This is why folks all over social media including us in El Paso are posting black squares on their timelines.

The Blackout Tuesday social media campaign #TheShowMustBePaused is a movement created by two black women (Jamila Thomas and Brianna Agyemang) in the music industry in response to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless other black citizens at the hands of the police brutality – choosing not to conduct any business today and instead take a moment after the recent protests and really engage in peaceful acts that will help the cause and not add more fuel to the fire of hate and bigotry.

 “#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."

However, amidst social media users participating in the Blackout Tuesday movement, some confusion, and controversies have emerged as users are pointing out that using the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter with empty black square images is counterproductive and prevents people from accessing important information about the group.

Instead, supporters of Blackout Tuesday are encouraged to use the hashtags #TheShowMustBePaused, #BlackoutTuesday as the founders originally specified, and to continue to speak up, be heard, stay informed and help out the cause in other ways -

Here is how you can help:

George Floyd Memorial Fund

  • You can donate to the official GoFundMe to support the Floyd family. Click HERE

Campaign Zero

  • This organization utilizes research-based policy solutions to end police brutality in the U.S. Click HERE

Minnesota Freedom Fund

  • This community-based fund set up to pay criminal bail and immigration bonds for individuals who have been arrested while protesting police brutality. This has become one of the most prominent bail funds, providing relief to protesters in Minneapolis seeking justice for George Floyd. Click HERE

Unicorn Riot

  • This is a nonprofit media collective dedicated to exposing the root causes of social, economic, and environmental issues. Click HERE

Support Color Of Change

  • This is the largest online racial justice organization in the country, helping to put an end to the war on racism. Click HERE

For more racial equality resources and organizations CLICK HERE


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