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Has Childish Gambino Wiped His Social Accounts to Protest Police Brutality?

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Donald Glover of Childish Gambino performs on stage on Day 3 of Lollapalooza Festival at Grant Park on August 3, 2014 in Chicago, United States. 

Childish Gambino has wiped his Twitter and Instagram accounts, and fans are wondering why. 

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While many have thought it is to mark the one-year anniversary of the rapper known otherwise as Donald Glover's album Because the Internet, which came out Dec. 6, 2013, others are considering it a statement of protest in the #blacklivesmatter movement that's given rise online and in real life over the past months. 

 

 

Meanwhile Glover's manager Famuel Rothstein has changed his Twitter account image to a photo from the Blackout for Human Rights organization, as Complex points out, giving reason to speculate Glover's blacking out his accounts may be connected. 

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The Blackout for Human Rights website describes itself as a "network of concerned artists, activists, and citizens who committed their energy and resources to immediately address the staggering level of human rights violations against fellow Americans throughout the United States. We have witnessed enough. An affront to any citizen’s human rights threatens the liberty of all. So, we participate in one of the most time honored American traditions: dissent. We demand an immediate end to the brutal treatment and inhumane killings of our loved ones; the lives of our friends, our parents and our children have value and should be treated with respect. Our right to life is secured not only by our humanity, but is protected by law both federally and internationally by the Constitution of the United States of America and the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights."