Screen Shot 2014-12-15 at 12.04.13 PMActor Samuel L. Jackson is challenging his acting community to rise up to the occasion in the same way they did back when they heeded the call for ALS and willingly succumbed to having buckets of ice water dumped on them to spearhead the need for a cure.

This time, Jackson would like the same participants to join him in a chorus for change. The song, inspired Eric Garner’s hauntingly last words, is titled “We ain’t gonna stop till people are free,” and Jackson’s post on his Facebook page, shows him singing the tune:

I can hear my neighbor cryin’ ‘I can’t breathe’

Now I’m in the struggle and I can’t leave.

Callin’ out the violence of the racist police.

We ain’t gonna stop, till people are free.

We ain’t gonna stop, till people are free.

It remains to be seen if celebrities will join together in solidarity and lend their singing chops to call attention to police brutality and racial profiling. So far, there hasn’t been much traction – as most in Hollywood are keeping a safe distance from the current racial strife that is gripping the nation.

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  • [email protected]

    More celebrities have to be more conscious about issues important in our community. It is as simple as that. We all should advance the dignity and the humanity of our people. Every positive deed helps in the fight for justice. The song is very important and this new movement is certainly inspiring people internationally.

    #Black Lives Matter.

  • Me

    i agree w/him. all those black celebrities dumping ice on their heads to save white men from their illness need to challenge themselves to save black lives from murder.

    • Mary Burrell

      Maybe some are afraid of messing up their money, they don’t want to offend the so called powers that be. Especially the so called new blacks.

    • Jo ‘Mama’ Besser

      ALS is a ‘safe’ disease. The ‘right’ people are diagnosed with it and we can’t ascribe any blame to it. You can’t for sickle-cell anemia, either, but that doesn’t seem to come up. Anyway, there will always be those people who can make murder the victim’s fault if it fits the ticket, if it can finagled to fit the narrative of ‘the victim (or rather, ‘perp’ all of a sudden) had it coming’, so if they can rationalize it and they’ll lash out at ones who don’t. Cops targeting, assaulting and killing Black people? That’s no cause for alarm, that’s just how it is, no story here. With ailments such as hypertension, Type-2 diabetes, and certain forms of cancer–pancreatic, for instance–that are more common in Black people, the dismissal can be just as easy because of the personal responsibility angle. If you can even hint at some of that people become less sympathetic and more hostile, not just because we see it as a moral flaw, but because those things CAN happen to everyone. Anyone can have hypertension, anyone can get Type-2 diabetes, and while it affects Black people more, it is far from exclusive, so we don’t want to talk about that.

      It’s easy to support a cause with indisputably ‘perfect’ victims targeted only by biology, a cause that won’t personally affect you and a cause with no outside human element. If an issue can’t personally affect you and there is the outside human element in the mix, people become callous and/or accusatory. If there is the outside element and it can personally affect you, a lot of people get panicked and opt to not alienate the people who control their careers, from the people signing the cheques to the people buying the product. Another reason to panic: you were wrong. People can do all of the right things and still get punished, and if you’re not getting pulled over at the moment in spite of the fact that you’ve been ‘good’, you’re eating crow and just want to slip out by the back door, unnoticed. The Dixie Chicks never recovered after Natalie Maines’s relatively benign comment (white celebrities say far worse about Obama, but, you know) and they’re a trio of ‘Nice White Ladies’.

  • toughhombre

    Capital One should fire this police hater immediately. White spokesmen have been fired for far less. Get a reputable patriot for a spokesman instead of hiring one leftist nitwit after another to hawk your product. He has no credibility whatever!

  • Mary Burrell

    Sam is not scared to speak his mind.