American actor Isaiah Washington has suggested a Black Lives Matter protest, which involved boycotting work, school and shopping for 24 hours on Monday 26 September.
Isaiah shared the idea on his Facebook page. “Imagine if every single African American in the United States that was really fed up with being angry, sad and disgusted, would pick ONE DAY to simply ‘stay at home’ from every single job, work site, sports arena and government office in the United States of America”.
The idea was sparked by the recent upset caused by the continuous mistreatment of African-Americans by the police.
Most recently, Terence Crutcher was the victim of a killing in Oklahoma. He was shot dead by police, despite being unarmed and video footage showing he had his hands in the air as a sign of surrender.
Isaiah made reference to the incident on his Facebook post, using the hashtags “#RIPTerenceCrutcher” and “#HandsUpDontShoot”.
The 53-year-old was confident of success if the boycott was to take place, saying, “I’m very sure that within 72 hours from Wall Street to the NFL…Black Lives Would Matter. September 26, 2016 is THE DAY”.
Many supported the protest, such as Twitter user @WarnTheWorld, who tweeted, “No shopping, no work, no building a country’s economy that continues to murder innocent black people”.
Only time will tell what effect, if any, the boycott had in America.