Blackout Tuesday: the music turns off for a day, like George Floyd's life did

Tuesday, June 2nd, some agents in the music industry will join the initiative that seeks to raise their voices of protest against the mistreatment and abuse that African-Americans suffer, mistreatment for which George Floyd died.

On Monday, May 25, 2020, George Floyd, an African American man from the city of Minneapolis, is detained by police officers for the alleged crime of "counterfeiting," when he attempted to pay with a fake $ 20 bill.

Derek Chauvin and 3 other police officers attended the call that ended with Officer Chauvin pinning Floyd to the street floor, pressing the African American's neck against the pavement with his knee.

The murder of George Floyd has unleashed the wrath of the world because while dying, Floyd indicated to the police officer that he could not breathe.

Protests in the US

Officer Chauvin already had 18 previous complaints on his police record, not knowing if there were other incidents that went unreported.

The day after these events, the 4 white officers were fired and detained. However, the protests have not stopped due to the outrage of what they consider a "murder".

This is the reason that important celebrities in the music industry proposed to carry out this Tuesday, June 2, the "Blackout Tuesday", as a way of protesting against the system that is still full of abuse and racist crimes.

Ebro Darden of Apple Music, Karlie Hustle, former director of music programming for Hot 97, British record label Dirty Hit and independent distributor EMPIRE, are among the music agents promoting this "musical blackout",

Tuesday will be "a day to disconnect from work and reconnect with our community (...) And an urgent action step to provoke responsibility and change," expressed through the statement on social media.

In addition, the music community is urged to be aware of and join the protest campaign through social networks with the hashtag #TheShowMustBePaused, in their publications.

"As guardians of culture, it is our responsibility not only to unite to celebrate victories, but also to support each other during losses."

Melanie Cossetti

Bióloga de profesión. Cocinera aficionada. Especialista en marketing digital y creadora de contenidos.+ info

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