Following decades of increasing police brutality and militarization in the USA and across the world, the Black Lives Matter movement has seen increasing numbers of protests occurring over the course of 2020. For those of us that have grown up listening to music made by Black artists and communities, now is the time to come out and support in whatever way you can those creators of the content you have been appreciating.
Statements from those across the music and other industries echo this statement released by Pitchfork music website on June 1, 2020: ‘Black communities have been at the forefront of so many major American musical movements, including jazz, rock’n’roll, hip-hop, soul, and house. Loving this music means acknowledging the racial injustice that begat it. The fight for justice and equality is a matter of basic human rights, and we stand in solidarity with those working to demand change.’ Pitchfork go on to urge their readers to support the ongoing fight against injustice with a list of specific organisations doing more, such as: The Bail Project, Black Visions Collective and Movement for Black Lives. These coalition formed groups reflect the leaderless and rhizomatic working process of the movement, ensuring it as widespread and continuing without centering on key leadership roles.
Whilst support can take on a myriad of forms, from donating to sharing or petitioning online or on social media, one active for in the resistance to racial equality is protest. With LRAD sonic weaponry being used by police in the USA, for those attending protests it’s important to be equipped in order to protect yourself from any lasting damage from incidents that may occur. Quality earplugs plus over-ear headphones are a must. If the LRAD is deployed it is recommended to shelter with dense or rigid surfaces to deflect the sound waves, or move left or right from it to deviate from its narrow audio path.