New Black Lives Matter App Lets You Mark Yourself as ‘Unsafe’ in America for Being Black

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By Lukas Mikelionis | 12:53 pm, January 18, 2017

Black Lives Matter has launched the “Unsafety Check,” which allows black social media users to mark themselves as “unsafe” for being black in America.

BLM’s “Unsafety Check” borrows from Facebook’s Safety Check feature, which lets people to notify others that they were unharmed in life-threatening situations such as terrorist attacks or national disasters.

The activists have created a site that declares that “being Black in America is a national emergency. Black people are being attacked and murdered while doing day-to-day activities. This week, it’s important to let the world know how you feel, to come together and resist.”

“From slavery to Jim Crow to prejudicial and deadly policing, America has never been a safe place for black people,” the movement’s co-founder Patrisse Cullors said in a statement. “We need to take action to continue to raise awareness about how racism impacts our families and communities.”

The app also can also be used by non-black people—it allows them to select the “I’m not black, but I support ‘black lives'” option.

The movement says the feature is symbolic and isn’t designed to replace actual Facebook Safety Check feature. “We know that social media is only one way to take action on behalf of the Movement for Black Lives,” Cullors said. “After marking yourself unsafe, we ask that people take additional action by joining local organizers in demanding justice in the streets.”