Blackout Tuesday

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This week following the brutal murder of George Floyd, social media users all over participated in #BlackoutTuesday campaign. The campaign asked that all accounts post a black tile on their news feed, and use that day to highlight black voices, businesses, and milestones. But as the day progressed, the true character of businesses and users revealled itself. As a professional who has worked with many companies, it was diffcult to see accounts truly miss the mark on what the day was about. I began seeing questions present themselves as others voiced similar concerns.

#Pulluporshutup

On a normal day, buinesses should be evaluating how and if they are promotinf and inviting diversity. This does not mean one black employee; this means that there is diversity at every level in your company. From the janitor to executive level. This ensures that your brand wants their team to mimic the communities they benefit from. On multiple accounts you saw a lot of “B;lack Lives Matter” and “We stand with you.” but followers wanted to see how you were standing with them .

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#pulluporshutup. We have work to do.

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https://www.instagram.com/p/CBB8F6EHTHT/

Milk Make Up made the decison to practice transparency and share with their followers what their staff was made up of. The confessed they “have work to do,” but this post showed initiative and that they know who their employees are.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCVlouiNqDE&t=46s

Black Radiance reintroduced us to the team by sharing a throwback office tour video.

#Receipts

It is fine that companies want to show solidarity and unity, but lets be honest actions speak louder than words. While a simple graphic of a black fist is fine, the protest prove that actions are needed in this time of crisis. Buzz words like “We oppose racisim” or “We stand in support” or “we are using this time to educate ourselves,” but no follow-up actions are being taken.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CA3Tw9apMgH/

Uber had a shoet and sweet message that shared they were donating $1 million to policing equity and equal justice organization.

I understand not all business have that much monry to give away, but Ihopeduring this time, businesses evaluate how they can contribute to black and brown communities to help support the empowerment and equal opportunities. It can be as simple as a college scholarship, summer internship, or career mentorship. How are you presenting your comapany as one that accepts everyone in the workplace.

#Radiosilence

Lastly, I wanted to discuss the businesses and organizations who made the decision to not post at all that day or about the issue that many of their customers are experiencing now. It was sad to see accounts not taking any stance in the matter and than using the next day as “business as usual.” Lack of a response proves that you choose not to educate yourself of your staff regarding the matter. That is in no way saying you have to fully understand what is happening, but make an effort respect what people are going through and the emotional connection that they are trying to process. I understand not wanting to have a public display on the matter, but time needed to be taken out to address your staff regarding your support to employees that may be affected.

How has your company responded? Need assistance is diversity and inclusion? Hire a professional and lets get connected. Email contact@rsbstrategies.com.

Published by Sabrina B.

I am a science nerd turned social media guru with the expertise to develop your unique social media personality. I help small and start-up companies understand their demographics and give their content a fresh and millennial flow. Social Media Crisis manager to many brands as they navigate how and what to do next in a "cancel culture" atmosphere that demands transparency. Blogs, Newsletters, community management, live broadcast on social media outlets, expo presentations, new product presentations, and product training. Social media Guru by day and Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) by night (well sometimes in the day too.). Welcoming a child earthside comes with a lot of questions; having a CLC provides families with support and education about building a healthy breastfeeding relationship while reaching their parenting goals. Support groups, classes, one-on-one consultations, social media live videos, employment policies, and breastfeeding room interior design.

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