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As part of the #TheShowMustBePaused and #BlackLivesMatter campaigns and to show our solidarity with Black communities everywhere facing racist discrimination and violence, we’re not posting any content to our site today, 2 June 2020. Instead the team here are getting together to reflect and find ways to better contribute to the ongoing fight against racism.

32 responses to “BlackOut Tuesday.”

  1. LemonSlice says:

    An Antifa site? Yuck. Enjoy being designated a terrorist group.

    • Big D says:

      Support for oppressed blacks is not the same as support for spoiled white brats who, by the way, participated in the NATO sponsored coup d’état in Ukraine and are funded by the US, so antifa is a US govt. sponsored terrorist organization…learn what you speak of before you speak to save yourself some embarrassment.

    • Cort says:

      Indeed. Antifa is a movement almost entirely populated by middle class white kids angry at mummy and daddy, who rage against capitalism on their iPhones and MacBook Pros, while displaying Nike and Adidas logos on their clothes and trainers, all funded by millionaires who also rage against capitalism from their gated California communities. For Antifa, the fight against black oppression is a vehicle, not a cause. For them, Rosa Parks is a green space in San Francisco near Facebook HQ.
      It would be funny if it weren’t all so tragic.

    • Parker says:

      @LemonSlice. I suggest you stop talking and start listening. Institutional racism in America is REAL and it keep boiling over. The legal system, lack of equality in incarceration/verdicts, the war on drugs, black on black crime, 70% of black children are born to unmarried parents, etc. etc. etc.. All of these things are vestiges of this deep seeded racism that plagues our society and has a knock on effect that impacts 100% of Americans directly or indirectly.

      Change will not come as long as white men are in charge (full disclosure, I am also a white male). So I for one am glad that people are pissed off enough to stand up and say “no more”.

  2. Cort says:

    I support efforts to improve the lot of African-Americans. But I do not support groups linked to Antifa, which is a movement committed to the destruction of our free society.
    Please reply confirming that date of your protests in support of girls in Rotherham, Jews in Iran, the Hong Kongers… If you don’t confirm the dates of these “tools’ downs” by 1200 tomorrow, you lose a reader.

    • Niggaslice says:

      who gives a fuck about your opinion

    • Angus says:

      If you’re saying you don’t want to read this site anymore because we are (admittedly, on this one occasion) saying clearly that we’re opposed to racism and we’re going to try to do more to fight it, then goodbye.

      • Cort says:

        “(admittedly, on this one occasion)”
        Admitting you are opposed to racism on a part-time, selective basis. Some of us take a more committed approach to these things.

  3. That’s the purpose of Trump’s “Antifa” rant: to try to demonise them and by extension the whole “black lives matter” movement and every expression of solidarity. Apparently some of this sites’ readers buy that crap and try to blackmail. Don’t budge Gearnews, keep up the good work and stand by your principles. Because #blacklivesmatter

    • WOK says:

      “black lives matter not to other blacks. Most killed black people where killed by other black people.
      How many cops have been killed by black criminals? Many. And never the white people burn down houses or plunder shops, when it happened.

      • Stoni says:

        You don’t know what you’re talking about chief. I’ve successfully identified racist far less belligerent than you.

  4. A Bellr says:

    Good on ya! And keep ut the good work!

  5. Big D says:

    Excellent. Fuck the racist pigs and to hell with a society that glorifies unenlightened self interest

  6. Everyone is entitled of voicing an opinion, we can then freely choose to support or not.
    Many sad events take place around the world everyday, and if a site decides to support a particular issue over another, it shouldn’t be shot at.
    Perhaps we should shout less and listen more.
    Peace to all.

  7. fghdfg says:

    Do you support all the looting and destruction that is currently being carried out in the name of fight against racism?

  8. JMiller says:

    Grand claims (rampant institutional racism, etc.) require grand evidence. I understand that it is the current rage to instantly blame everything on racism; however, claiming institutional racism is not equivalent to proving institutional racism. Also, disproportionate numbers of black people in prisons (after correcting for population differences) does not itself provide a proof that racism is the root cause of that difference. A fair assessment based on evidence is needed to isolate the 1 or more root causes of the different results (different # of jailed blacks vs. non-blacks, etc.) that we see in society. If it turns out that in fact institutional racism can be verified by objective people who do not immediately assume this is the cause then I agree that this type of racism should not be tolerated.

    • Covergirl says:

      There is plenty of documented evidence going back many decades and a great deal of available scholarship on the topic. Like Thermal-Halide destabilization, you can say it ain’t so all you want, but that don’t make it not so. If you are unaware of the voluminous data easily available to you, please do not mistake your ignorance for assessment or an unbiased perspective. Do the research, learn and grow.

  9. Love GearNews, love the attitude. Rock on.

  10. Fresh Gnar says:

    The best way you can fight racism is by not finding ways to include topics of racism to a site about musical instruments and audio technology. One of the most wonderful things about music is exactly that, it has nothing to do with race. all races, ethnicities, genders, and ages bob their head to a beat, tap their feet to a rhythm, move their hips to the sound why? Because it is instinctual to all HUMANS, regardless of what makes us different. If you start finding ways to include the things that drive us apart into the one of the few things that brings us together, you will make the beat skip, ruin the rhythm and kill the vibe.

    Just let people come enjoy talking about music together man. We got plenty of avenues available to yell and fight one another, don’t harsh the gnar dude.

  11. Guest says:

    “Instead the team here are getting together to reflect and find ways to better contribute to the ongoing fight against racism.” Lol, yup, because you & “the team” are going to come up with solutions nobody has ever thought of before. You kids are so adorable.

    • Angus says:

      I think the idea is that we all find ways we can make a difference in our own lives.

      • Cort says:

        I think the idea is that you join the group virtue signal, sit back and drink coffee for 24 hours, then go right back to normal. Now *there’s* privilege.
        You’re a music news site. You want to move in to politics, fine by me. Put it in your masthead or get the **** out of here.
        Just want to do the odd bit of social justice? Okay. Why one and not any other? Show your working.

      • Dane says:

        I see where you’re coming from, and having been active in several youth projects myself for quite some time (we took kids and teens off the street and gave them, basically, a music production studio to channel all that energy) it’s clear that too many are not given the chances they deserve decades after the war on racism was declared to be over.

        Having said that, I’m afraid I have to agree that your post is really no better than virtue signalling at zero cost. It’s no better than Facebook sending plastic like buttons to starving kids in Africa.

        Want to really fight racism? Then get involved. Ask in your local community. Volunteer.

        In other words, get out of your comfort zone, and especially out of that warm, cozy chair where you’ve been typing this blog post.

  12. WOK says:

    What about reflect and find ways against left-wingend Antifa violence and vandalism?

  13. Covergirl says:

    To those who think that rioting is inappropriate means to overthrow oppression, I suggest you read the Declaration of Independence. It actually places a duty on you as a citizen to do exactly that. Indeed, that behavior is exactly how you got to life in a country where stupidity and ignorance are the most common traits exhibited, besides fear, greed, and hypocrisy.

    “But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

    A society whose social currency is abuse and where status is based on the spoils of unfair exchange will always experience violence. Sometimes the cops are beating everyone down, and sometimes it goes the other way.

    • Dane says:

      It’s quite transparent that you are not of color, and that you have been living a privileged life.

      If you had actually lived a life at the bottom you’d treasure other people’s property, and not call for its destruction.

      • Covergirl says:

        I appreciate your perspective, however, you know nothing of my experience. As one little story for you, when I lived in the Ghost Town section of Oakland Ca, my neighbor, a young black man, was shot in the penis by a cop who kicked his door down to steal his drugs.

        Don’t make assumptions. Find truth

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