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“Blackout Tuesday” is a collective action by elements of the music industry to protest racism and police violence. The action, organized in response to the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Businesses taking part are encouraged to abstain from releasing music and other business operations.
The call to action was initiated by music executives Brianna Agyemang and Jamila Thomas, Senior Director of Marketing at Atlantic Records.
Businesses are participating in different manners. Black Americans are asked to not buy or sell on this day to show economic strength and unity. Spotify announced it would be adding a 8-minute and 46-second moment of silence to certain podcasts and playlists for the day.” – Wikipedia
Cultural Appropriation, or Cultural Misappropriation, is when a dominant culture takes on or uses elements of a cultural minority, often being able to enjoy the exotic and “cool” aspects of that culture without having to deal with the hardships and struggles that accompany it. This can cause the elements of the imitated culture to lose their significance and importance, and is seen as tampering or even desecration. This does not necessarily involve eating foods from different cultures, or simply learning about them, but rather using elements like clothing, music and hairstyles without giving the same prestige and respect to the culture this element was borrowed/stolen from. This can be compared to “Class Appropriation”.
- A “wigger”/”wigga” (white nigger) – a white individual of European ethnic origin who takes on the lifestyle and mannerism of the black hip-hop/grime culture. Synonymous with “white trash”, this term implies that the white person is doing a bad job at imitating a culture that is already perceived to be derogatory.
- “In popular culture, more recent accusations of appropriation have been aimed at Madonna’s use of voguing in her famous “Vogue” video, Miley Cyrus’ adoption of twerking as a way to rebrand herself, and the New Zealand choreographer Parris Goebel’s use of Jamaican dancehall in Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” video.”
- “Blackfishing” – when white female social media influencers exploit elements of Black female culture (braiding their hair, tanning for darker skin tones, etc). This phenomenon has been likened to “Blackface”, where non-Black performers used dark make-up to replicate the character of Black people, which helped to spread the racial stereotypes that harm the Black community today.
- “Record companies routinely ignored African-American musicians—with only a few exceptions, such as singer Bert Williams and bandleader James Reese Europe. It wasn’t until the 1920s that record labels discovered a growing market, largely among African-Americans, for black music.”
- “Robert A. Clift’s documentary Blacking Up: Hip-Hop’s Remix of Race and Identity questions white enthusiasts of black hip-hop culture. Clift’s documentary examines “racial and cultural ownership and authenticity — a path that begins with the stolen blackness seen in the success of Stephen Foster, Al Jolson, Benny Goodman, Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones — all the way up to Vanilla Ice (popular music’s ur-wigger…) and Eminem.”
- “Amiri Baraka argues that there is a “white jazz” genre that expresses whiteness. White jazz musicians appeared in the midwest and in other areas throughout the U.S. Papa Jack Laine, who ran the Reliance band in New Orleans in the 1910s, was called “the father of white jazz”. The Original Dixieland Jazz Band, whose members were white, were the first jazz group to record, and Bix Beiderbecke was one of the most prominent jazz soloists of the 1920s. The Chicago Style was developed by white musicians such as Eddie Condon, Bud Freeman, Jimmy McPartland, and Dave Tough. Others from Chicago such as Benny Goodman and Gene Krupa became leading members of swing during the 1930s. Many bands included both black and white musicians.”
This is not a matter of White vs. Black. This is a matter of Everyone vs. Racists.