The weight of the death of George Floyd trudges down Americans streets and the globe heavier than authorities could imagine – music industry leaders will pause business for a day in observation of Blackout Tuesday – in honour of George Floyd who died after a white police man knee-strcuk his neck to the ground as he cried “I can’t breath”.
Show will be paused as part of a movement being referred to as Blackout Tuesday as confirmed by music executives Jamila Thomas and Brianna Agyemang who spearheaded the effort.
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It’s hard to know what to say because I’ve been dealing with racism my entire life. That said, it’s rearing its ugly head right now & by God it’s time to deal with it once & for all. My team & I stand for justice. Conversations will be had & action will be taken. #THESHOWMUSTBEPAUSED For all of my friends in the blind and differently-abled communities, here’s the text that is included in this image: “MUSIC INDUSTRY BLACK OUT TUESDAY Due to recent events please join us as we take an urgent step of action to provoke accountability and change. As gatekeepers of the culture, it’s our responsibility to not only come together to celebrate the wins, but also hold each other up during a loss. Join us on Tuesday JUNE 2 as a day to disconnect from work and reconnect with our community. #THESHOWMUSTBEPAUSED”
It is intended to shutter normal business operations on June 2 via their #theshowmustbepaused initiative.
Labels including Def Jam Recordings, Interscope, Sony Music, Columbia Records and more are also expected to participate.
“We will not continue to conduct business as usual without regard for Black lives,” Thomas and Agyemang wrote. “Tuesday, June 2 is meant to intentionally disrupt the work week.”
The leaders of the movement said it is “in observance of the long-standing racism and inequality that exists from the boardroom to the boulevard.”
Reports confirm that Rolling Stones, Quincy Jones and Billie Eilish have indicated to observe the rite of the movement on June 2.
Some other artists have also canceled listening parties or fan events in response.
“On May 25, 2020, George Floyd, an African-American man, died in the Powderhorn community of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
While Floyd was handcuffed and lying face down on a city street during an arrest, Derek Chauvin, a white American Minneapolis police officer, kept his knee on the right side of Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds; according to the criminal complaint against Chauvin, 2 minutes and 53 seconds of that time occurred after Floyd became unresponsive.
Officers Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng, and Thomas K. Lane participated in Floyd’s arrest, with Kueng holding Floyd’s back, Lane holding his legs, and Thao looking on and preventing intervention by an onlooker as he stood nearby.
Two autopsies of Floyd were conducted; both ruled that Floyd’s death was a homicide.
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner concluded that Floyd died from a cardiac arrest while being restrained with “neck compression”.
An independent autopsy commissioned by Floyd’s family found that the “evidence is consistent with mechanical asphyxia as the cause” of Floyd’s death, with neck compression restricting blood and oxygen to the brain, while back compression restricted breathing.”
His death has sparked protests with elements of violence across America for about a week now.