Why you shouldn’t use #BlackLivesMatter under your #BlackOutTuesday posts

The world is observing Black Out Tuesday today (June 2). It’s day started by activists to observe, mourn, and bring about policy change in light of the killing of George Floyd. This morning, you may have woken up to images with dark backgrounds, and solemn messages all over your social media feed.

These posts are sometimes captioned with the hashtags #BlackOutTuesday and #BlackLivesMatter. But using #BlackLivesMatter in these posts are really doing more harm than good.

“We know that’s it no intent to harm but to be frank, this essentially does harm the message,”  Black Lives Matter activist Kenidra Woods posted on Twitter.

Other social media users also brought attention to the problem.