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The Challenge for America Right Now

By on August 30, 2014

By now you have heard of the Ice Bucket Challenge – the one where famous people agree to have ice cold buckets of water dumped on their heads for charity. So far, more than 40 million dollars have been raised for ALS. But that’s not the real story here.

The interesting part is how actor and writer, Orlando Jones took the opportunity to draw attention to the fatal shooting of an unarmed Black teenager and ensuing protests in Ferguson, Mo. that seemed to be on every news channel, every hour of the day last week.  Jones took ‘the Challenge’  to a whole new level and in the process challenges each of us as well.

According to a recent interview with BuzzFeed, Jones described the type of response he’s been getting since the video aired. See video below.

What I’m most proud of and was the most touching thing for me was a guy who sent me a response video who dumped a bunch of voter registration ballots on his head. He said, “This is the way you can vote and change things, by putting people in office who share your point of view.” He made a very impassioned case about how he felt apathy was contributing to what’s going on. For me, that was the biggest win in the world and it made me erase a lot of the other comments that in some ways I see as frivolous and detractors saying something.

I thought, this guy gets it. Put whatever you want in your bucket, I don’t care if it’s bullets, but in my humble opinion, listen without prejudice, love without limits, and reverse the hate.

 

Nearly 1.5 million views the challenge video is raising awareness. But it’s a simple challenge really. “To listen without prejudice. To love without limits and to reverse the hate.”

Healthyblackmen.org also supports getting involved to advocate for better health conditions, fair treatment with law enforcement, and community safety. We encourage individuals to (1) meet local, state and federal elected representatives to address specific policies and laws, (2) get involved in community cultural, civic activities, (3) and engage law enforcement leadership in your area with concerns and praise and document both.