ALS Ice Bucket vs. Ferguson

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has become the new phenomenon appearing on every social media platform. From actors to politicians to the average Joe, nearly everyone is participating in the activity. However, how many of you know the details to ALS?

The Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. It is commonly referred to the Lou Gehrig’s disease. Gehrig was a prominent Yankee’s player who set the record for the most homeruns made by any first baseman and suffered from the disease. The ice bucket challenge was not only created to raise awareness for the disease, but also encourage donations to research.

As this activity continues to make headway there are many who believe it is distracting the country from the racial issues at hand. One individual posted:

Image Credit: Instagram

Image Credit: Instagram

“Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis aka Lou Gehrig’s disease. This affects most white males over the age of 40. That’s y’all on my timeline? What effects the majority of the ppl on my timeline is the assassinations of our black boys the over sexualizing of our black girls and the complete miseducation of our ppl to remain oppressed. I challenge you to make a significant change in your households & communities. No ice bucket needed, just some self-respect, love, and pride. “

Yes, 60 percent of individuals living with ALS are men and 93 percent of patients in the ALS database are Caucasian. But, contrary to what many believe and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ALS does affect a small percentage of Black men.

In response to the comment posted above another individual spoke out stating his/her grandfather, a Black man, suffered from ALS. This person continued by saying:

“I don’t understand why people feel our community can only focus on one issue at a time? We can’t donate to the ALS Association and speak out against racism and police violence? We can’t support more than one cause at a time?”

While communities across America mourn the Black and brown souls who have fallen victim to racism and police brutality, is the ALS ice bucket challenge sidetracking the media’s attention?

The ice bucket challenge for ALS is the equivalent to wearing pink for Breast Cancer Awareness. Promoting awareness for a disease is just as important as raising awareness of police brutality and the innocent children who are heinously shot down like animals. One issue is not a distraction from another. What are your thoughts?

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  • Goddess1

    I understand what is ALS…it is very rarely for black men who have ALS. However, Our black community don’t have a lot sponsor for sickle cell by black celebrity. IJS

  • Kathrine

    What if this ice bucket challenge is a way to divert attention from the true problems… like Black men/women being killed or the 3,400,000 people who die from lack of clean water…

  • No disrespect to our brothers or sisters who suffer or have fell victim to this deadly disease but I must say this. The author 4 dead on about this issue. The problem is we don’t even realize what the masses are doing. They use the celebrity agenda for the rest to follow and it totally distracts us from the real issues that we continue to face one decade to another. We need to start being more responsible for our own actions. While we are pouring ice water on our heads for a disease that does not widely affect our community they have raked in over $25,000,000 for the cause. Now how many ice bucket challenges have been done for HIV any Aids that affects our people more than any other on the planet. How many have been done for the ongoing slaughter of our brothers and sisters in Chicago and every other city across this country. Darren Wilson supporters raised more than $300,000 in hours from the donations of only 5,000 supporters. Michael Brown supporters only raised $200,000 within weeks of his demise. Do the math here. Something is seriously not right. Looting a few stores and marching down the street with our hands in the air screaming for justice is not going to get it. We did that with Rosa Parks…we did it with Emmit Till…we did it with Rodney King. ..we did it for Trayvon Martin. .and endless others. Now we are doing it all over again. 3 months from now where will we stand after a guilty verdict or a not guilty verdict. What will we do when this injustice happens again. By now many of you are asking well what do you suggest. I suggest that we demand that we only want our own officers in our communities. When you go to Caucasian neighborhoods you don’t see our officers throwing white kids to the ground putting guns to their head. We must face the fact the racism in this country will never end; therefore, we must create our own businesses, police force, schools, and grow our own food to ensure our children are 1st class citizens as opposed to being 3rd class citizens that we are today.