Black Celebrities Who Care More About ALS Than Dead Black Teenagers

April V. Taylor

There are a number of black celebrities who have joined the viral ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on social media but have failed to speak out about the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri surrounding the police killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.  As the Atlanta BlackStar points out, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge requires that those who participate respond within 24 hours of being challenged, but weeks have passed since Brown’s death and the unrest that saw Amnesty International and the United Nations speak out about the state of race relations in the United States has sadly not garnered the same attention.

Black celebrities are in a unique position to help ensure that awareness, action and change are part of the narrative when black people are seeking fair and just treatment from the criminal justice system.  They also have the ability to shine a spotlight on this issue long after initial protests and outrage over and incident have faded.  Despite these facts, Oprah Winfrey is just one of the black celebrities who has not publicly addressed Michael Brown’s killing.  Winfrey’s OWN television network did send spiritual life coach Iyanla Vanzant to Ferguson to film a segment for OWN’s show Iyanla, Fix My Life, but Winfrey, who participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge has not spoken a single word regarding Michael Brown’s death.

Will Smith is another prominent black celebrity who participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  As a testament to his reach, the video of him participating in the challenge earned more than a half-million views.  Smith did not speak out about the Michael Brown killing or the Trayvon Martin killing.

Despite Michael Brown Sr. publicly acknowledging that his son was an avid fan of rapper Lil Wayne, the rapper participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge generating similar awareness as Will Smith, but he also has failed to speak out about the Brown case or any of the social justice issues facing young Black men.  The list of Black celebrities who are deafeningly silent about the issue of Black people being gunned down by cops despite having the time to bring awareness to ALS goes on and includes the likes of Zoe Saldana, Kevin Hart, Lebron James, Idris Elba, Kevin Durant, Gabrielle Union, Sanaa Lathan, and Dr. Dre.



27 Comment

  1. So?

  2. There are 30,000 Americans with ALS according to their database 93 percent are white. Whit men over 40 are diagnosed the most!!! So if these mentally slaved celebrities want to show out for 6 percent, then whatever! We fall for anything the white said is "fashionable"
    *side eye*

  3. *white*
    *white man*

  4. Stop supporting Black PEOPLE who don't support the FIGHT for FREEDOM and JUSTICE for African American i don't care who they are. During the 50th & 60th when the Black Stars could have lost everything they were more involve with the STRUGGLE.

  5. Hmmm!

  6. The only people that I'm disappointed in, are anybody that expected anything differently!!!

  7. Well it basically sums up these Black Celebrities don't give a crap about the average black person so stop running to the movies to support them.

  8. Why does everything have to be about black and white? ALS and Ferguson are not comparable. One has nothing to do with the other.

  9. Where is their value system???????

  10. These celebrities, (as the article called them,) are "stuck on stupid" and scared. All of our Past Historical Leaders such as MLK, Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey (naming a few) and all of the Civil Right Activist that have passed on, would "roll over in their graves" if they knew how their life's work(s) towards the freedom fight for Black People has since become. Celebrities have the mind set that "their talent alone, got them where they are today. Bullshit, Black People dying and getting beat got you there. Real celebrities like Harry Belafonte will live on forever and will always be respected and revered by Black People and respected and feared by White People for his loyalty to his people. So I say "take all of your cowardly A$$ money, buy yourself some bleach and go to Hell, sell-outs".

  11. Typical…………….

  12. not surprised, I KNOW WHO PAY'S THEM ,SO avoidance is to be expected..

  13. Bill Cosby ?

  14. All these comments are right on. They only ones that will save us is us. They meaning so called celebrities are not us. They never have been and never will be. Stop buying from them or those that support them.

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