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Weber State, Southern Utah, Dixie State Participate In ‘Blackout Tuesday’ Social Media Movement

Jun 2, 2020, 12:25 PM | Updated: Jun 3, 2020, 11:46 am
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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Weber State Athletics, Southern Utah Athletics, and Dixie State Athletics participated in the “Blackout Tuesday” social media campaign in support of the fight against racial injustice.

The Wildcats, Thunderbirds, and Trailblazers joined the “Blackout Tuesday” movement on Tuesday, June 2.

Official Twitter accounts for the schools’ athletics departments each shared posts on social media in support.

The Wildcats, T-Birds, and Trailblazers participated in Blackout Tuesday, a movement created to amplify the voices of black people on social media. The premise is to “mute” personal content and in place of it share content from black creators.

You can learn more about the movement below. 

Weber State Wildcats

Weber State Athletics

Weber State Football

Weber State football head coach Jay Hill

Weber State men’s basketball head coach Randy Rahe

Southern Utah Thunderbirds

Southern Utah Athletics

Southern Utah men’s basketball head coach Todd Simon

Dixie State Trailblazers

Dixie State Athletics

Dixie State Football

Blackout Tuesday

Blackout Tuesday, a movement focused on amplifying the voices of people of color, began in the music industry with Atlantic Records and is spreading across all platforms of social media. Users are posting a black square to their profile, using #blackouttuesday.

Organizers and creators are reminding people not to use #blacklivesmatter, as that hashtag is reserved to share information regarding the movement.

The death of George Floyd and the nationwide protests spurred the movement. Floyd was handcuffed and pinned to the ground by a Minnesota police officer. The officer – who has now been fired and arrested – held his knee on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes on May 25, 2020. The officer involved has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.

The movement was started by record executives Jamila Thomas and Brianna Agymang, according to Variety magazine. The movement was originally created using #TheShowMustBePause, but evolved into #blackouttuesday.

 

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“Tuesday, June 2 is meant to intentionally disrupt the work week,” they wrote, “The music industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. And industry that has profited predominantly from Black art. Our mission is to hold the industry at large, including major corporations + their partners who benefit from the efforts, struggles and successes of Black people accountable.”

NBC News contributor and activist, Brittany Packnett Cunningham, posted guidelines to follow for those participating. She guided black people to continue posting while non-black people are encouraged to “mute” but to continue sharing content from people of color. 

 

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