Scottish sports stars join 'Blackout Tuesday — George Floyd

Scottish sports stars join 'Blackout Tuesday — George Floyd

Activists point out that hashtags like #BlackLivesMatter, #BLM and #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd have been used to share viral videos of police during the protest - whether those video be of potential brutality or police standing in solidarity with protesters.

A benefit for the Apollo Theater will take place Thursday instead of Tuesday, and South by Southwest postponed an event planned with Rachael Ray.

Jamila Thomas and Brianna Agyemang, music executives who led the initiative, said it was meant to disrupt the work week.

Major voices in the music industry have begun spreading the message. The movement is also part of "Blackout Tuesday", a music industry effort to go quiet today.

In Croatia, the Croatian Phonographic Association, the Project Vojarna techno music festival, the Dallas Records label and the Croatian branch of multinational record company Universal Music also expressed support.

Former Beautiful South singer Paul Heaton said activity on his Twitter account would be suspended on Tuesday, "thanks to the behaviour of white supremacists both in uniform & public office, and in support of all those communities suffering at their hands".

In their statement, Thomas and Agyemang said the protest would not end with Tuesday's blackout.

Those ways were not specifically defined, though the statement does say that a plan of action is forthcoming and includes links to donate to memorial and legal funds for the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, as well as several community bail funds.

Given the results, wasn't the effect counterproductive?

However, some have criticized the day, saying it's unfocused and doesn't address the protests and Black Lives Matter movement directly.

"Why are we symbolically celebrating mass disengagement?" asked Karen Attiah, global opinions editor for The Washington Post.

Rapper Lil Nas X was critical of the movement on Twitter. "This is not helping us", he tweeted. "I love you", he said. "We need to spread info and be as loud as ever".

The platforms are marking their support with special playlists, social media blackout and moments of silence to protest against police violence and racism and also to honour George Floyd. "We keep each other informed on here, we are each other's news channels because we can not trust the news. Ppl need to see what's going on".

Activist Brittany Packnett Cunningham, an NBC news and MSNBC contributor and co-host of the podcast "Pod Save the People", cautioned black people against silencing themselves through #BlackoutTuesday. "I won't be posting on social media and I ask you all to do the same", she continued.

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