Today the music industry falls silent for 'Black Out Tuesday'.
In an act of solidarity the music industry across the world takes a united stand on June 2nd against institutional racism. It comes in response to the murders of George Floyd and countless other Black people at the hands of the police. In what’s called 'Black Out Tuesday', it makes intentional disruption to the working week for a multi-billion dollar industry which profits from predominately Black art.
In a post on Twitter by the organisers of The Show Must Be Paused, Jamila Thomas & Brianna Agyemang explain; "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."
The continued; "Our mission is to hold the industry at large, including major corporations + their partners who benefit from the efforts, struggles and successes of entities to protect and empower the Black communities that have made them disproportionately wealthy in ways that are measurable and transparent."
Despite only being a 24 hour intuitive, it's important to remember that this is just the beginning. Wider action and demands for change are in the pipework. But we need to make a stand now, not when it suits us. We can all engage in activities today, have conversations today and find solutions to this very real problem. We need to come together as a collective community and make sure the governing bodies know that this behaviour is not okay and has no place in our societies. Educate yourselves on the facts, donate money where you can and make your voice heard in a stand against this nightmare situation.
I’m sure we’ve all been watching in horror and sadness at the situation in America right now, however action needs to take place and urgently. It is not acceptable for Black communities to live in fear of the police, a service meant to protect us all. As a White person it is no longer acceptable to just not be a racist. We must now all speak out, we must support their calls for a fairer society for everyone. They’ve enriched our cultures so much, they deserve the same respect from authorities and the support of their neighbours.
We cannot sit complicit as Black communities are discriminated against by public bodies. The USA has a serious issue, but we here in the UK aren’t much better ourselves. According to the Government’s own stats, 38 out of 1000 Black people were subject to stop and search by police between April 2018 and March 2019, higher than any of ethnicity and when compared to the national average of 7 out of 1000 the stark difference makes plain the very real issue that faces Black people every day.
Black culture heavily influences the entirety of music culture. Without the original Black movements both around the world, music as we know it today simply wouldn’t exist. All the music we champion here at Guestlist has deep roots in Black culture. We cannot enjoy the successes of a culture whilst ignoring their plight. It’s time to make a stand and call out racism in all its forms. To ignore it makes you just as complicit as those who are racist.
- Text FLOYD to 55156 to sign the Justice for George Floyd petition
- Add you name to the Justice for George Floyd petition at www.change.org
- Donate to the Equal Justice Initiative at www.eji.org
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