“It all seems to stem from a militarized police force threatening the rights of people to assemble.”
Actor, NRA member, and special member of the Louisiana sheriff’s reserve force, Orlando Jones, has put a new spin on the Ice Bucket Challenge. Instead of donning a bucket of ice and water, he grabs a bucket of bullets to raise awareness to the rising militarized police state and the lack of concern by citizens in the US.
Jones does not make light of ALS and in fact says he will donate to the cause. However, in this video he speaks of another serious disease, apathy.
My heart goes out to all those who struggle with ALS but I am, of course, talking about the disease of apathy. If (and hopefully when) Michael Brown’s killer is brought to justice and convicted of 1st degree murder, it still won’t prevent this from happening again. We cannot accept this as the status quo. We MUST continue the fight at the ballot box, in the media and by working to create systemic change.
In his video Jones dumps a bucket of bullets on his head which makes a very powerful statement.
My “bullet bucket challenge” is not about pointing fingers and it’s not about being angry. Every shell casing in that bucket represents the life of someone who fought and died in the goal for civil rights and human dignity.
Jones is using his status as an actor and a member of law enforcement to incite peaceful change.
As a member of law enforcement I will not stand idly by while others violate civil and human rights under the cover of authority and I will insist that other good cops rise to the same standard as well.
While so many in Hollywood only jump on the bandwagon causes in other countries or politically correct causes that do not question the establishment, Jones exhibits commendable bravery and steadfastness in this statement against corruption.
It’s not about black or white. It’s not about rich or poor. It’s about us vs. them. There are more of us — from all races, genders and identities — then there will ever be of them. And we will be victorious.
Thank you Orlando Jones for using your celebrity status to do the right thing.
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