“Racism is not getting worse, it’s getting filmed”. – Will Smith.
In the past week, attention has been shifted from one deadly incident to another around the world. While the world with its frontline workers and leaders is doing its best possible to save the lives of its people, it seems another ‘pandemic’ that some leaders seem to have ignored or refuse to acknowledge its existence has been Racism!
George Floyd, whose murder was recorded in broad daylight, has only shot the spotlight on the prevailing racial problems that had long been going on daily in different parts of the world.
The hashtag #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd has been one that’s calling for justice against these white policemen who stood by and watched their colleague kill a black man with his knee while being filmed. Many people have been appalled by the video which broke the internet but have been extremely appalled at the injustices by state and their reluctance to charge these officers with the right charges.
The massive protest which started about a week ago on the Black lives matter campaign has culminated in a social media blackout on 2nd June 2020 in solidarity of George Floyd.
A good number of celebrities, music labels, opinion leaders, and social media users have blacked out on social media, mostly posting the color black with the hashtag #blacklivesmatter.
In Support of this campaign, popular African musicians like King Promise, Yemi Alade, Kidi, Kuame Eugene, Tiwa Savage, Cassper Nyovest, Nasty Csa, Kelyvn boy, Davido, Wizkid, Cuppymusic to mention a few have blacked out on social media. Not forgetting other entertainers and influencers like John Dumelo, Naa Ashorkor, Hajia4real, Lydia Forson, Kaywa, Don Jazzy, Tonto Dike, Jackie Appiah, etc. joining the train in Solidarity of BlackOutTuesday.