I’m sure if you looked around social media of any kind today, you might see hashtags posted primarily from music business entities that read #theshowmustpause or #blackouttuesday. Over the weekend through yesterday, various record labels posted that they would observe “Black Out Tuesday”, noting that it is not a day off, but instead a day to reflect and find ways to move forward together, in solidarity. Bands such as Duran Duran have posted black square images as symbols that they too, are observing this day.
This isn’t politics. Police brutality has nothing to do with the labels conservative or liberal. Humanity means everyone, and we desperately need to hold our humanity dearly in this country. I worry that we’ve forgotten what that means. We have to find some way to come together, find whatever middle ground possible to start from, and have some tough but meaningful conversations. We can’t know what it is like to be in one another’s shoes, but we can listen.
Take care of one another. Be kind.