Today is #BlackOutDay–that means photos, gifs, videos, and selfies of Black people are being uploaded and shared all over the internet in an effort to drown out negative stereotypes which often harm the Black community.
It was created by Tumblr user, Y.R.N, and has already seen positive impacts across the internet. #BlackOutDay is currently trending on Twitter and the movement seems to have struck a personal chord with many people online.
Here’s what some Tumblr Users had to say about how the Blackout affected them:
Tumblr User, El Diablo, received a loving response today after he admitted that he was shy about his appearance and sexuality, in this post. He found the courage to contribute to #BlackOutDay after witnessing so many other Black people proudly posting their photos online.
“My picture has so many notes and I’ve gained so many follows of different walks of life,” writes El Diablo after the Tumblr community responded to his post. “I’m really completely blown away right now.”
Y.R.N, has begun proposing that #BlackOutDay continue through March 7th.