Ed Lover Asks: Are Brands & People the Problem If They Don't Speak Against Racial Injustice?

Blackout Tuesday: Lizzo Blasts White Fan Base If They Don't Take A Stand; George Floyd's Brother Begs for Peaceful Protest

June 2, 2020

Day two of "Speak Up" on The Ed Lover Morning Show which offered a platform for Chicago to call in and talk about the recent protests for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmad Aubrey and the countless Brown and Black people who have been victims at the hands of police officers. Riots, looting and protests continued all across the Chicagoland, leaving many divided.  But celebrities,major brands, music streaming services and more took a moment to come together today and participate in what was widely known as "Blackout Tuesday" in wake of George Floyd's death. 

In case you missed it: major record lables (Universal Music Group, Warner Music, Atlantic Records, Columbia Records, Interscope Geffen A&M, Def Jam, Sony Music and more) coined “Black Out Tuesday,” a statement that circumlated and painted social media completely BLACK; poised as an “urgent step of action to provoke accountability and change.”

While most used the hashtag #TheShowMustBePaused, streaming platforms like Spotify added a silent track to some playlists and podcasts on Blackout Tuesday, and Apple Music offered all Black inspirational music and shut down its search field for any other genres of music. 

ViacomCBS networks including BET, MTV, Comedy Central, and Nickelodeon went dark for eight minutes and 46 seconds, the length of time that since-fired and charged Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin had his knee on Floyd's neck.

With all of these major brands taking time to address #BlackLivesMatter, what about the people and brands who DON'T say or post anything at all? Are they a part of the problem, or are the innocent; simply because they don't want to be a part of the problem? Or just don't care...?

So Ed Lover posed a question to his listeners this Blackout Tuesday: Do you feel like white people, or non-people-of-color, have an obligation to speak out against injustice against minorities IF they are not racist? You can find some responses below. 

Ed also played back Grammy-award winner Lizzo's teary-eyed Instagram post, where she addressed her white fans saying that if they are silent when it comes to racism, they are a part of the problem. Find the playback below as well. 

Lastly, George Floyd's brother, Terrence Floyd, went to the site on a Minneapolis street recently where his brother died, and made an emotional plea for peace, saying violence and destruction is, quote, "not going to bring my brother back."

·        Floyd said, "Let’s switch it up, y’all. Let’s switch it up. Do this peacefully, please."

·        He urged people to use their power at the ballot box and vote.

·        He also said that his brother would not have wanted this.

Another question for the people: Now that the family has spoken out on what George would have wanted, are people protesting and doing this for themselves now OR is justice for George Floyd still the priority?

Michelle from Elk Grove is a White woman who is proud to stand up for #BlackLivesMatter:

Gina from the Northside calls in to expound on Michelle from Oak Grove, thinks we all have a voice and if "we" aren't speaking, then what are we doing then? Jay from the North-west side makes it his goal to make Black people feel welcome wherever he is:

Lizzo calls out White fan base for not speaking out; Ed Lover and Jen B-T give their feedback: 

Juwanna from Bronzeville is HOT in this spicy call, thinks Black and White people need to come together; Diana from McHenry is a White woman who is PRO-Black Lives and open about her feelings, saying we are all the same on the inside; Marie from Merrylville, a White woman, says its ALL RACES who are looting and destroying businesses, Jen B-T asks her how she's actively helping people of color:

Angel from Highland is a Latinx man and an advocate for #BlackLivesMatter:

Ed Lover plays back Donald Trump's address to the nation about sending the National Guard and military on Americans; takes calls from JB from Harvey, Rosetta from the Southside and Sherry from New Lennox:

Debbie from Indiana calls the show and begins to cry on the phone, wants justice to be served; Dee from Merrilville speaks on the Donald Trump address and Ed gives a heated response about how other countries look at us like we're crazy, Juan from Maywood stands for Black lives:

George Floyd's brother speaks out and begs for peaceful protest, Ed and Jen give their response: