Anti-racism demonstration in Minneapolis on May 30, 2020 - John Minchillo / AP / SIPA

  • In response to the death of George Floyd, the American music industry is calling for a break on Tuesday.
  • Some companies devote their day to implementing solutions for more equality.
  • On social networks, black images are multiplying to protest silently against police violence and racism.

Unite and shout with one voice. Protests in the U.S. continue to rally thousands to demand justice after the death of George Floyd, even as Donald Trump has threatened to deploy the military to cities where anger will continue. This Tuesday, protests are also transposed on social networks with "Blackout Tuesday", a movement launched by the music industry.

To participate in "Blackout Tuesday" is to commit to devoting this day entirely to the fight against injustice and discrimination. Concretely, the show company LiveNation will pause and close its offices for the day. Spotify will include 8-minute and 46-second rests - the length of time that police officer Derek Chauvin has stuck his knee against George Floyd's neck - in some of his playlists.

For 24 hours, music companies will therefore work for better equality within their organization. "This is not a day off," said the label Columbia Records in a statement. It is a day to reflect and find ways to move towards solidarity. "In France, Deezer explained associating" with the artists for Blackout Tuesday. It is time to reflect. It's time to change, ”it says when you are on their site.

Artists and anonymous join the movement

With the hashtag #TheShowMustBePaused ("The show must be paused", in opposition to Queen's song The Show Must Go On ), dozens of artists have supported the cause. Mick Jagger notably tweeted that he “would stand alongside his colleagues with Blackout Tuesday to fight racial discrimination and social injustice. Other artists have decided to cancel their radio or television interviews, and to step aside from all media life during that day.

- Mick Jagger (@MickJagger) June 1, 2020

As the hours go by, the movement grows and internet users from all over the world gather around the hashtag #BlackoutTuesday. Several tens of thousands of people make their contribution by tweeting a black photo, "in solidarity", "in tribute" or "to educate themselves. "


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