A social media trend is happening today to show solidarity with protesters. A number of prominent Canadian people and companies have taken part in Blackout Tuesday. They even used the proper hashtag to spread the message.

Blackout Tuesday was an initiative started to show support for protests against police brutality fueled by racism. The idea is to share only a black square with the hashtag #blackouttuesday.

Those taking part in the social media event have been told to post using the appropriate hashtag, and not with #blacklivesmatter. Posts with the latter include information about donating and taking action.

Already a number of Canadian politicians and athletes, as well as sports teams and companies have joined in the trend.

Toronto Mayor John Tory shared the hashtag. Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson posted a solitary black square. Additionally from the nation's capital, Ottawa's Medical Officer of Health Dr. Vera Etches and Ottawa Public Health both posted black squares.

"In solidarity with #BlackOutTuesday, I won't be posting any more tweets today," Etches wrote, "Systemic racism exists in our society and it is a serious public health issue. I acknowledge my white privilege & I pledge to do my part to learn how to be an ally to end racism in our community."

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, along with his wife Gurkiran Kaur, also posted their own black squares in solidarity.

Prominent Canadian athletes, including Superbowl champion and medical doctor Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, Tessa Virtue, Bo Horvat, and PK Subban all posted as well.

A number of prominent Canadian politicians and athletes have also joined the movement.

Jagmeet Singh and his wife Gurkiran Kaur, as well as on-ice stars Tessa Virtue, P.K. Subban and Bo Horvat, have each posted about it on Instagram. 

Raptors stars Kyle Lowry, Serge Ibaka, Norman Powell, Pascal Siakam and others have posted the image to their pages as well.

Canadian sports organizations also took part in the hashtag. All four major Toronto teams posted in solidarity with the protests, along with Maple Leaf Sports entertainment, the Edmonton Oilers, and the Ottawa Senators.

In addition, the CFL and NHL both created their own #blackouttuesday posts.


Canadian companies and corporations with Canadian divisions also shared their own posts. Roots, Ikea Canada, Boston Pizza, and Shoppers Drug Mart were among them.


In addition to companies, politicians, sports teams, and individual athletes, a number of Canadian celebrities also posted in solidarity with the protests.

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