Think Pieces

Press Release: George Floyd

PaperTag is a media platform that highlights underground and unsigned artists. Our goal and purpose is to shine a bright light on those who deserve it the most and provide them with a platform to excel. By posting and writing on positive content only, we’ve created a safe space for artists to share their music without the pressures of society. Not only do we create a platform forartists, we’ve also created a platform for freelance journalists and music lovers to write about the topics and artists that they are most passionate about and love the most.

Though our purpose is to serve the music community, we also have an obligation to use our platform to spread awareness about the issues surrounding us. PaperTag is a black owned media platform and will always use our voice for the protection of black lives.The actions of now Former Officer David Chauvin was no accident, this was a cold blooded murder. Not only should he be held accountable for his actions, but his colleagues who stood and watched George Floyd beg for his life should be held accountable as well.

It is unacceptable for African Americans in The United States of America to have to continuously protest and become a trending hashtag due to the actions of police departments and the justice system. There are no excuses for murdering innocent Black children, men, and women. The Black community is tired, and this is proven through the protesting currently happening in Minnesota. Racism and discrimination has continuously been accepted and excused in this country and this WILL end today.

PaperTag will be donating funds to The Minnesota Freedom Fund whos mission is to fight back against Minnesota’s unjust bail system and paying immigrant bond.

Below is a list of Companies/Influencers/Platforms that PaperTag will no longer be in support of.

This lists contains companies, influencers, and platforms that we will no longer be in support of. Some of those mentioned never had our support but we feel that their is a need to voice that during these trying times.

Mississippi mayor Hal Marx has never and will never be supported by PaperTag due to his ignorant statement supporting the police officers that murdered George Floyd.

Turning Point USA and its Founder/President Charlie Kirk has never and will never be supported by PaperTag due to his incinitive comments regarding the protesting in Minnesota.

Star Tribune reporter Andrew Mannix has never and will never be supported by PaperTag due to valuing how many clicks he can obtain on his articles over the protection of Minnesota protestors. He has deleted his tweets since due to the backlash he received.

Pop star Lady Gaga will no longer receive support from PaperTag due to her continuous promotion of her album without mention of what is currently happening in Minnesota. Gaga made a short statement after receiving as much attention as she possibly could regarding the release of her album.

Former Dallas Cowboy’s WR, Dez Bryant, will no longer receive support from PaperTag due to his incentive backhanded comments about the current issues surrounding racism in our country.

Rapper Lil Wayne will no longer receive support from PaperTag due to his incentive comments on racism in America.

Donald J. Trump has never and will never receive support from PaperTag due to his incompetence as a leader and his blatant racism and hatred towards the Black community.

American attorney Barkari Sellers will no longer receive support from PaperTag due to his incentive comments regarding Black men in America.

The social media platform TikTok will no longer receive support from PaperTag due to the platform not giving Black creators credibility and for not allowing hashtags such as #BlackLivesMatter and #BLM.

News outlet KTSP TV will no longer receive support from PaperTag due to playing fake gun shots during their reporting to create a negative image of the protest in Minnesota.

Actor Shameik Moore will no longer receive support from PaperTag due to his incentive comments regarding the civil rights movement and the current protesting in Minnesota.

Below is a list of Companies/Influencers/Platforms that we would like to commend for their activeness during this time.

We would like to thank YouTube star & MUA Jackie Aina for spreading awareness and publicly calling out platforms who continuously capitalize off of the black community that have been silent.

We would like to thank CNN reporter Omar Jimenez for reporting the truth about the Minnesota protests, even while being arrested by officers on live television.

We would like to thank CNN report Don Lemon for speaking on live television about the racism and injustice happening in America.

We would like to thank book author Don Winslow for informing the public on what Trump’s comments really means and how it is effecting the Black community.

We would like to thank filmmaker and director Ava DuVernay for continuously informing her audience on the protests in Minnesota and using her voice to help invoke change.

We would like to thank singer Beyoncé Knowles-Carter for using her platform to spread awareness on the racism in America.

We would like to thank social media personality Bretman Rock for using his platform to spread awareness about the protests in Minnesota and ways to help.

We would like to thank actress Gabrielle Union for using her platform to spread awareness and to expose poor journalism about the protests in Minnesota.

We would like to thank the owner of the Gandhi Mahal restaurant in Minnesota for supporting the protests even after his business was terribly damaged.

We would like to thank singer Niall Horan for using his platform to spread awareness of the terrible words that Trump tweeted from his account regarding the Black community.

We would like to thank the record label Columbia Records for releasing a statement regarding the current racism happening in America.

We would like to thank media platform Complex for continuously keeping their audience updated with what is currently happening with George Floyd’s case.

We would like to thank media platform XXL for highlighting Lil Wayne’s negative comments regarding the black community regardless of their affiliation.

If you would like to support the protestors, you can donate to the Minnesota Freedom Fund here.

This press release will continuously be updated until a verdict has been reached with the George Floyd case.

Please be safe. #BlackLivesMatter

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