Eminem song record label, Shady Records has joined in to support the nationwide protests in America by tweeting their support for ‘Black Out Tuesday’. Black Out Tuesday will be observed on June 2 where the label will halt everyday operation to protest against police brutality against the black community.
The tweet from Shady Records came on June 1, one day after Eminem had already confirmed his participation in the show of solidarity. The tweet by Shady Records was accompanied by a sobering message. “On this day we will dedicate our time and efforts to help prevent social injustice and explore ways to assist in the fight against racial inequality,” read the message in the tweet.
Along with this message were the details of several organizations that have been at the front and centre of the protests. Organizations like the Detroit chapter of NAACP (National Association for Advancement of Colored People), Black Lives Matter and Southern Poverty Law Chamber were mentioned along with details on how one can donate to them.
The USA has been burning in protests after a video surfaced of Minneapolis Police Department officer, Derek Chauvin placing his knee on the neck of, George Floyd for over nine minutes on May 25. Cries of “I can’t breathe” could be heard coming from Floyd repeatedly. Still, the officer refused to change his position. George Floyd was declared dead at Hennepin County Medical Centre shortly after arrival.
The issue of disproportionate aggression by the police towards the black community has been at the forefront of the USA’s national consciousness and the latest incident was the straw that broke the camel’s back. In protests that followed, multiple police stations were burnt and police have come down hard on the protesters.
As for Eminem, he has never been afraid of using his platform to speak out for what he believes in. He came under scrutiny fairly recently when he told his fans to choose between POTUS Trump and himself. He has written songs previously dissing Trump and his policies. To show his support, Eminem has resurrected his song, Untouchable, from his 2017 album, Revival. This song tackled racism and white privilege and has huge contemporary relevance in the current scenario.
Besides Eminem, the protests have received widespread support from various sections of society. Prominent figures in the hip-hop community, like Ice Cube, Ice-T, Killer Mike have spoken out against this injustice. From the music industry to film and sports, everyone has been speaking out in support of the protesters, hoping for a systemic change this time.
Derek Chauvin has been charged with 3rd-degree murder while the other police officers on the scene are yet to be charged at the time of writing. The authorities have maintained that due procedure is being followed and they are not buckling under the public sentiment. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump has once again come under fire as people from all strata of society are laying the blame on his feet for his less than ideal handling of the whole situation