Blackout Day 2020: What is it? What is impact?

You may be seeing social media posts promoting #BlackOutDay2020, but what is Black Out Day?

Here are five things to know.

1. Blackout Day is persuading Black Americans to not spend money today, to show their economic power. If something needs to be purchased, the movement urges spending money at Black-owned businesses, CNN reported.

It’s called a “day of solidarity in America where not one Black person in America spends a dollar,” unless it is spent at a Black-owned business, USA Today reported.

Nielsen reports that Black Americans spent more than $1 trillion in 2018, according to CNN.

2. The day was promoted by Calvin Martyr, a social media personality/activist, for about two months.

3. Martyr and those taking part are hoping the day helps to end institutional racism that they have said lead to the deaths of Black Americans, CNN reported. It started after the death of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, but before the death of George Floyd.

4. Martyr likened to the spending boycott to the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott when the Black community refused to ride buses until they were allowed to sit wherever they wanted.

5. My Black Receipt is a related movement that urges for people to upload receipts of money spent at minority-owned businesses, USA Today reported.


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