#BlackOutDay is March 6th 2015 – and maybe it will become the first Friday of every month. It is a day for Black people all over the world – anyone who is at least part African – to post pictures of themselves on the Internet and repost those of others. What a genius idea! Simple yet powerful. And, it is trending on Twitter.
If you have a Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, Vine, Instagram or other social media account, you can take part! The hashtags you can use are:
- #Black Selfie Day
You can, of course, post pictures without any of these tags.
If you do not want to post your own picture or if you are not Black, you can still take part by reposting the pictures of others.
It is meant for pictures, video and artwork showing ordinary Black people, not the rich and famous, who already have paid professionals pushing their image.
@BlackOutDay is the brainchild of expect-the-greatest on Tumblr:
“I got inspired to propose Blackout day after thinking ‘Damn, I’m not seeing enough Black people on my dash’. Of course I see a constant amount of Black celebrities but what about the regular people? Where is their shine? ….
All my life I have heard my grandma tell me stories of how her own people did her because she was lighter than most. She told me some awful stories that will make anybody tear up and its these stories that make me wish that there wasn’t such a divide in skin tones. We need a unified agreeance that ALL black people are beautiful and worthy of praise and admiration, and Blackout day is a step towards that.”
He did not think it would take off. Chescaleigh, who has tons of followers, backed it. He hopes it will become the first Friday of every month.
Part of what drew me to Tumblr was that it made it easy to regularly see pictures of women who come close to my ideas of beauty as opposed to the White idea of beauty that is rained down upon us daily from Western media.
You saw this coming:
@nikneville1 on Twitter:
“So black people have something called #BlackOutDay, in other words it’s only considered racist if it’s called #WhiteOutDay “
and expansion-of-blockade on Tumblr:
“how about we have an event where every single race/ethnicity (including white people) share and reblog selfies instead of having this exclusive and segregational blacks-only secret club bullshit “
This is the same White privilege mindset that leads Whites to complain about Black History Month, Black Entertainment Television and affirmative action. They seem to be blind to the fact that in the US every day is #WhiteOutDay! The beauty and humanity of White people are seen coast to coast and pole to pole, while they put down the beauty and humanity of others.
Instead of seeing #BlackOutDay as some kind of unfair advantage Blacks are trying to gain, Whites should see it as an effect caused by their own anti-Black racism.
Some of what was posted: