Stop using the BLM hashtag on your black square (better yet, take it down and start listening and amplifying)

PSA: If you're using a black square on Instagram as a way to show you are "muted and listening" to Black voices and/or to show your solidarity with the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, STOP using the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag. That hashtag is meant to share resources and information and using it for a "Blackout Tuesday" post is drowning out the voices that need to be heard, activists say. Better yet, they ask, remove the empty squares completely. Removing the BLM hashtag from your black square post isn't enough, as it will keep the post in the previously tagged category. Best to take it down completely and start using your platforms to amplify Black voices and share information, activists write. Listen but don't be muted.

What CAN you do? Here's a start (and please add relevant and helpful resources in the comments):

Final note: You might be wondering how this whole thing started. Well, it was first a music industry movement (#TheShowMustBePaused) but got quickly co-opted into this well-intentioned, though misguided, Blackout Tuesday.

According to the organizers of The Show Must Be Paused, you can also:

Help the family of George Floyd HERE.

Fight for Breonna Taylor HERE.

Help the family of Ahmaud Arbery HERE.

Want to help protesters? Donate to one or more community bail funds HERE.

Visit Movement For Black Lives for additional ways you can help the cause.

Want to connect with leaders building grass roots campaigns? Click HERE.

Are you an ally and want to learn more? Here are some anti-racism resources.

bottom image via @TonyTigerStripe