Blackout Day Protests Encourages Economic Support for Black Businesses

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USA Today: "Tuesday, July 7, has been designated Blackout Day, a call to action and “day of solidarity in America where not one Black person in America spends a dollar" outside of businesses owned by Black people."
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Blackout Day 2020.

Americans have plans to send a message at the checkout counter on Tuesday amid renewed calls for racial equality across the country.

Tuesday, July 7, has been designated Blackout Day, a call to action and “day of solidarity in America where not one Black person in America spends a dollar" outside of businesses owned by Black people, according to the movement's official website.

The initiative comes in the wake of protests against police brutality and renewed attention to the nation's decades-long racial wealth gap. As society has awakened to unfairness plaguing Black people in America, Black-owned businesses are getting showered with support in a loosely connected push for social and economic justice.

Reshauna Striggles, a protest leader in Arizona, told the Arizona Republic, part of the USA TODAY Network, that people can fight systemic racism by patronizing Black- and Latino-owned businesses on Tuesday.

"That's where you're going to spend money," Striggles said. "And don't spend money anywhere else."

People across the country have planned a number of economic protests since May 25, after George Floyd died under the knee of a white Minneapolis police officer.

For the rest of this USA Today story log on to: https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2020/07/06/blackout-day-july-7th-da...

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