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#BlackoutDay2020: Can Capitalism Save Our Community?

Economic solidarity within the Black community has always been touted as the answer to our liberation. Alongside banking Black and buying Black, today’s social media campaign, Blackout Day 2020, is another movement that aims to fight against economic injustice. Created by Calvin Martyr, founder of the Blackout Coalition , Blackout Day 2020 is a call for Black people to boycott spending their money for a full 24 hours in order to show the impact of our spending power. In the event that making a purchase is unavoidable—gas, toilet paper, groceries, etc.—supporters are urged to buy from a Black-owned business. “We need economic solidarity in America amongst all black people unequivocally,” the main Blackout Day site reads . “In order to break free from the chains of financial servility, we will organize days, weeks, months, and years if necessary when not one black person in America will spend a dollar outside of our community.” However, anti-capitalists have argued to replace, not...

Niki McGloster

Jul 7, 2020