Black lives matter has launched a new app with an “Unsafety Check,” which allows black people to mark themselves unsafe, declaring “being black in America” as a national emergency.
This is another attempt to raise awareness of the safety threats black people face on a daily basis due to institutional racism.
A new Black Lives Matter app allows black people on social media to mark themselves “unsafe” for being black in America.
This borrows Facebook’s recent “safety checks” for people in a certain area where there’s been a physical safety hazard, such as an earthquake or a terror attack.
Why was this Created?
The Black Lives Matter movement has been spreading awareness since its formation in July 2013 of the daily safety threats black people face due to institutionalized racism.
This Unsafety Check app serves to solidify the validity of black people fearing for their lives, and show the world that threats against black people equates to any other safety hazard in the world, and should be treated accordingly.
The Black Lives Matter’s Announcement
They also launched a website: MarkYourselfUnsafe.com, which declares, “being Black in America is a national emergency.
Black people are being attacked and murdered while doing day-to-day activities. This week, it’s important to let the world know how you feel, to come together and resist.”
“From slavery to Jim Crow to prejudicial and deadly policing, America has never been a safe place for black people,” the movement’s co-founder Patrisse Cullors said in a statement. “We need to take action to continue to raise awareness about how racism impacts our families and communities.”
The app also allows non-black people to use it. They could select the option: “I’m not black, but I support ‘black lives.’”
“We know that social media is only one way to take action on behalf of the Movement for Black Lives,” Cullors said. “After marking yourself unsafe, we ask that people take additional action by joining local organizers in demanding justice in the streets.”