Rihanna, Kendall Jenner, Katy Perry, Bella Hadid and many other stars of show business display black rectangles with the tag #BlackOutTuesday on Instagram all day, as do lesser-known Americans. The country was overwhelmed by social protests, pogroms and flash mobs after the death of 46-year-old George Floyd, dark-skinned, who died on May 25 while in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota . George Clooney, in his essay, described the events that had removed the coronavirus from the news agenda as a pandemic of racism.
Certain circumstances of the death of George Floyd are not known with precision. On May 25, an unknown person called police on Chicago Avenue in the Powderhorn district of Minneapolis. Arriving at the police found in one of the parked cars, supposedly drunk George Floyd. According to some sources, he resisted the arrest, according to others – no. Police officer Derek Chauvin pressed the inmate against the asphalt, putting his knee to his throat. Faced with complaints from Floyd that there was not enough air and that it was difficult to breathe, the officer did not respond and kept George pressed on the asphalt for several minutes until ‘he is silent. Upon arriving at the scene, the ambulance did not register a pulse with George. Data on the causes of his death vary.
Portrait of George Floyd on Minneapolis Street
Before this story, other similar situations were widely discussed in American society, when black citizens died during police detention, but now the scale of the anti-racism reaction is perhaps particularly large. From May 26 to date, the country has been shaken by demonstrations, in which not only do black citizens take part. Peaceful processions take place with looting and pogroms. President Donald Trump today threatened to use the military to disperse the protesters.
The top executives of the music labels Jamila Thomas (Atlantic Records) and Brianna Agemang (Platoon) proposed a Blackout Tuesday campaign on social networks, inviting all famous people to stop their usual activity on social networks for a day – change their Show Must Go On credo, taken from Queen’s song, with the tag #TheShowMustBePaused to protest against systemic racism. The action symbol was a black rectangle.
#TheShowMustBe Paused is an initiative created by two black women in the music industry against racism and inequality … The music industry is a multi-billion dollar industry that benefits from the art of black artists, said authors of the initiative.
Instagram photos by Kendall Jenner
Live Nation, Apple Music, Spotify and other companies have expressed solidarity with the movement, as have many artists.
How can I help? Over the past few days, I have been watching and thinking. There are many ways to maintain movement. I decided to donate money to organizations. As a mother, I will work to make the world a fairer place for each child, ”wrote pregnant Katy Perry.
Katy PerryActor George Clooney wrote in an essay for The Daily Beast that the United States must take urgent action to fight the “pandemic of racism”. He called for radical changes in the law enforcement system, criminal law and the actions of the country’s political leaders. There is no doubt that George Floyd was killed. We have seen how he let out the last breath in the hands of four police … We do not know when the protests will stop. We hope and pray that no one else will die. The anger and frustration on our streets is just a reminder that the country has not got rid of its original sin of slavery. This is our pandemic. We are all infected and for 400 years we have not found a vaccine, ”wrote the actor.
Based on materials: www.spletnik.ru