It’s so sad that we have to talk about Black Lives Matter in 2020. Obviously, every life matters and race shouldn’t be a topic in this sense at all.
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Black Lives Matter
Black Lives Matter. Personally, we can’t think of anything else at the moment. We expected the world to enter the new decade with a clearer vision. With some sense of opportunism. With pride and optimism. But nothing seems less true. First, the coronavirus – including tons of fake news – divided and united the world at the same time. When everything started to look better, the horrific George Floyd-incident happened and the world was shocked. Protests, riots and other revolts soon arose, leaving us feeling both stronger than ever and very vulnerable at the same time.
Black Lives Matter will perhaps be one of the most important sentences of the decade. And it should be. However, it’s a sad fact. Why do so many kinds of exploitations, unequal chances, discrimination and racism still exist in today’s society? Because we let it be. Even though you’re far from racist, you have to speak up to others to be an anti-racist. Being non-racist isn’t enough. And despite the question shouldn’t be about black lives or those of others, it somehow is. And that’s exactly what should change. Find out below how you can help.
Today, the world’s Instagram community made a statement like no other before. Instagram feeds were all about #blackouttuesday. In line with the trending Black Lives Matter hashtag, people all over the world unite. We can’t ignore problems like these anymore. But who started this Instagram success? Jamila Thomas and Brianna Agyemang, two black women in music, invented this ‘campaign’, which soon spread all over the world. After over a week of nationwide protests and riots, the music industry hits the pause button on daily business to support the Black community. In their statement, they state the following:
“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 continue: “The music industry is a billion dollar industry. An indistry that has profited predominantly from Black art. Our mission is to hold the industry at large, including major corporations + their partners who benefit from the efforts, struggles and successes of Black people accountable.”
What was intended for the music industry, worked out better. Entire Instagram feeds colored black today. Finally this topic gets the awareness it deserves.
Funds to support
The good news is, there are many initiatives and funds to support. So, if you’ve got some spare money, donate. If not, there are enough petitions to sign and anti-racist posts to share on social media. All for free. So let’s speak up. And if you’re one of the lucky ones who understands that you will never truly understand, stand by those who need your support more than ever.