It’s been an interesting day, so I’ve been following the news as usual and learned something key as the evening draws in. Support for the black community in the USA is needed, there’s a way that those overseas can help should they wish, no matter where you are in the world. I often feel at a loss with how I can show support to my community where needed on issues that impact me overseas, this is a good one! The rapper T.I who I’m sure you probably know has suggested as a way to show support for change over George Floyd’s death at the hands of another white officer, there is a day where black Americans, Hispanics, Asian-Americans and any person of colour doesn’t spend one cent within America’s corporate system. They buy black’ or not at all’, according to T.I. This is #BlackOutDay2020 on 7th July 2020
I’ve never heard of this before, however I see the point of it, and that it’s an additional way to add the much needed pressure for change over the law enforcement’s treatment of black men, brown men and the black and brown community in general in the USA. I’m with it! Totally, I will take part from across the water but I’m just one person. If you’re a person of colour reading this no matter where you are in the world, I’d like to encourage you to take part by simply not spending any money on the 7th July 2020, in a big corporate store. If you can or need to, buy from a store that is ‘black owed’ or owned by a minority person(s) or just don’t spend at all if possible on the 7th July 2020. Spread the word, search social media for #BlackOutDay2020 7th July 2020 and help support the cause. What happened to George Floyd in my personal view was a modern day form of lynching of a black man, by a man who has a history of reports against him for his man handling of black men. I’m the mother of a black male, I have family, friends etc who are black men and I’m not happy. I’m pretty pissed! I’ve had just about all I can stand, I wrote an open letter this week and shared my views on this disgrace! I want change if in 2020 there are people who still see my son, cousin, uncle, friend etc or anyone else’s son, cousin, friend etc as some kind of threat to be mistreated for who they are skin deep. This shit is serious people! Let it simmer and let’s take action. Share the details on #BlackOutDay2020 and make change!
At the time of writing this, the last report I read the officer is now in police custody and I hope he faces some serious charges!