June 2nd has been declared as ‘Blackout Tuesday’ in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. On this day, many platforms, celebrities, and organizations have decided to disconnect from work and support the Black community. Spotify is one such platform supporting this cause.
In an article on their website, Spotify announced, “We are using the power of our platform to stand with Black creators, amplify their voices, and accelerate meaningful conversation and long-needed change.”
Why Is Blackout Tuesday Being Observed?
Blackout Tuesday is being observed to protest police violence, injustice, and racism. This is in light of the recent events that took place in Minneapolis. On May 25th, 2020, an African-American man named George Floyd died by neck compression, suffocation, and subsequent heart failure. Derek Chauvin, a former police officer, pinned Floyd down on his neck with his knee. Chauvin is charged with third-degree murder, while the three other police officers who had him pinned down have been fired.
In the wake of his death, several protests broke out in Minneapolis, Atlanta, Washington D.C., and several other parts of the United States of America as well as the United Kingdom. These protests are a part of a much older, a bigger movement called the Black Lives Matter movement. BLM is an international human rights movement that campaigns against violence and systemic racism towards black people.
How Is Spotify Supporting Blackout Tuesday?
There will be many changes on the app from 12:01 AM on the Spotify app. Their flagship playlists and podcasts will have a black logo as well as the headline image. Apart from this, Spotify will also not be pausing social media publications for the day. Also, playlists and podcasts will include an 8-minutes and 46-second track of silence. This is an acknowledgment of the time for which George Floyd suffocated.
Spotify is also matching financial donations made by employees to organizations fighting racism and injustice.