Black Voices have Been Hijacked. Again.

#BlackOutTuesday was created to amplify Black voices, then was weaponized against the very people it was supposed to boost.

Last Tuesday, I was scrolling through my Instagram feed and saw nothing but black boxes and a simple caption: #BlackOutTuesday. I scrolled and scrolled and scrolled through all the darkness until I saw another post asking users not to include the hashtags used by Black Lives Matter, as their hashtags are used to disseminate useful information for the movement. I saw a few variations on the black box, whether there was a barely visible “Black Lives Matter” or some other statement within the box.

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