Tuesday marked the eighth day of nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black people.
A day after Alex Ovechkin became the first Capitals player to comment on the murder of George Floyd, three active Capitals players participated in Blackout Tuesday on Instagram, a music industry protest that quickly spread across popular culture. Towards the end of the day, nearly 19 million people on social media had posted a black square in protest. While the symbolic show of support was powerful, many protestors found it problematic as it clogged up informative hashtags like #BlackLivesMatter and didn’t move the needle on creating actual change.
Capitals defenseman John Carlson also shared his own individual message after Ovechkin and Braden Holtby did the same while Lars Eller posted a Nelson Mandela quote on his Instagram Story.