If you woke up yesterday, picked up your phone, and immediately wondered if the hornets destroyed Instagram because every picture was displayed as a black square, you’re not alone.
Many people were surprised by #BlackoutTuesday, probably because it wasn’t meant for them. It was organized over the weekend as a music industry event for professionals in a shop that has been pretty crappy for black artists in the past to stop self-promotion and even their services for a day to listen to the community. At some point, it spread beyond the entertainment industry to ordinary people who even encouraged talented whites to remain silent on social media for a day to turn black voices on the mic. So far, so good, isn̵
But they have forgotten one crucial fact: white people are physically unable to shut up. Instead of just posting nothing that necessarily precludes the possibility of likes, reactions, or whatever, they had to post that they didn’t post anything. I have to make sure that these hearts come at all costs, up to the metaphysical contradiction, hence the sea of black squares. If a white person supports a black person and there is nobody to see them, have they really ended racism?
This eventually became a problem that went beyond a healthy level of eye roll. Many of these people marked their useless squares with the hashtag Black Lives Matter and literally darkened the results at a time when people desperately need information.
For example, it was election day in many countries. But who cares if you could only send the visual manifestation of thoughts and prayers?
Upper picture: Unsplash / Paul Hanaoka