“I can’t breathe..”
George Floyd’s last words are resonating in our minds ever since his unfortunate demise. He was murdered by a police officer in a nerve numbing incident that has sparked a wildfire of protests in the United States Of America. The protestors have taken to the streets and even amid the coronavirus spread, their voice against deep-rooted racism has been a rather powerful one. Their slogan #BlackLivesMatter aims to draw the world’s attention to how every human must be entitled to the same rights and respect, regardless of their skin colour.
#BlackOutTuesday: A historic social media wave
To amplify the movement further, a campaign called #BlackoutTuesday is being observed across the globe today. The motive is for people to log off their work and social media for the day to invest more time in introspecting and community building. It is a powerful non-violent weapon that the masses have taken up. Many internationally known faces have also not shied away from participating in this movement.
Rihanna and Fenty Beauty support #BlackLivesMatter
Coming from the Afro American community herself, Rihanna feels very deeply about the cause. She along with her beauty line has come out in support of this movement. While observing #BlackoutTuesday, they wrote, “This is not a day off. This is a day to reflect and find ways to make real change. This is a day to #PullUp.”
Bella Hadid’s heart goes out for the community, Gigi Hadid joins in:
“I’m sure all of you feel the same way but my sadness has viciously turned into anger…this will not be overlooked!!” said Bella Hadid in an Instagram post while expressing her rage and making her voice count in this #BlackLivesMatter movement.
Her sister, Gigi Hadid, also made a very strong statement supporting the cause. In a long rant, she wrote, “This happens way too often – and the videos that go viral are not isolated events. It seems that only when caught on camera are bigots & MURDERERS even getting “investigated” or fired .. unfortunately, the only way things will start changing is if all these racist, ignorant, monsters (badge &/or not) have to face the consequences- behind bars.” Read more here:
Gordon Ramsay observes #BlackoutTuesday
We’ve heard his stern voice in the MasterChef kitchen and seen him cook the most delicious dishes. It’s a good feeling to see these stars coming from diverse fields contributing to the cause and ensuring that George Floyd gets justice.
Jameela Jamil puts the spotlight on a very important issue #BlackoutTuesday:
The #BlackoutTuesday campaign is an effort to reunite people across colours but Jameela Jamil also took this opportunity to use her position of influence to drive people to educate themselves and take one step further and donate for the cause.
Lizzo fuels the #BlackoutTuesday fire using her Instagram:
This wave is not just about protesting against the injustice done to the black community, but it is also to empower and educate the world about how important equality is. It is also to help the black community access resources and funds. It is also for the oppressors to read their messages loud and clear. The whole campaign until now had been carried out with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter. But Lizzo made an interesting point asking people to definitely participate in #BlackOutTuesday but refrain from using #BlackLivesMatter hashtag in it because then plain black boxes come up when one looks up for the hashtag.
Kylie Jenner urges people to give up their silence
Kylie Jenner hasn’t always been the kind of celebrity who posts about social issues on her Instagram, but this movement roped her in too. She didn’t just participate in #BlackoutTuesday but also posted a rather compelling quote by Martin Luther King Junior, “There comes a time when silence is betrayal.”
Other celebrities who also pledged their support include Ryan Reynolds, Drake, Blake Lively, Emma Watson, Richa Moorjani, and Zayn Malik.
It is important to reflect on how our fellow community members feel and how together, and only together, we can make the world an egalitarian place. Black lives truly matter. Here’s to counting our support for #BlackoutTuesday with a hope that nobody has to meet George Floyd’s fate.
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