Protests over race-related police brutality in the United States have many people on edge. As protests grow by the day, many people are finding themselves in very difficult situations. Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively decided to give a major donation to help those in the fight.
Every Bit Counts
The married couple revealed they donated $200,000 to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF). To them, they had to redeem themselves for their lack of knowledge of racism in the past. “We’ve never had to worry about preparing our kids for different rules of law or what might happen if we’re pulled over in the car,” the couple shared on their personal Instagram accounts. “We don’t know what it’s like to experience that life day in and day out. We can’t imagine feeling that kind of fear and anger. We’re ashamed that in the past we’ve allowed ourselves to be uninformed about how deeply rooted systemic racism is.”
Founded in 1940 by the NAACP, the LDF aids in taking down racial injustice in the court. The biggest case in LDF history was the groundbreaking Brown v. Board of Education. This case made racial segregation illegal in schools across the United States. Other major cases pursued by the LDF include Smith v. Allwright, Loving v. Virginia, and Griggs v. Duke Power Company. A very recent case was 2018’s Stout v. Jefferson County Board of Education and Gardendale Board of Education. The decision in this case blocked the City of Gardendale from creating a predominantly white school system. Some of the biggest names to aid the LDF include former President Barack Obama and civil rights activist Constance L. Rice. Aside from working within the legal system, the LDF also delivers scholarships to African-American students.
Everyone’s Chipping In
Lively and Reynolds aren’t the only celebrities using their platform to make a difference. Several famous names are throwing in big bucks to help out. Brooklyn Nine-Nine offers a hilarious take on police work every week. The situation in the streets, however, is no laughing matter to the cast. Along with co-creator Dan Goor, the cast donated $100,000 to the National Bail Fund Network. The National Bail Fund Network maintains an up to date listing of bail funds across the United States.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Stephanie Beatriz took things further with an additional $11,000 personal donation to Community Justice Exchange. “I’m an actor who plays a detective on tv. If you currently play a cop? If you make tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in residuals from playing a cop? I’ll let you do the math,” Beatriz said on Twitter. Griffin Newman, who played Officer Sam Johnson on Blue Bloods, also donated $11,000. The Community Justice Exchange was founded to end mass incarceration in the United States.
Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg donated $10 million to various organizations across the country. Yearly, Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan donate $40 million to organizations stopping racial injustice through the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. This is the biggest donation so far from any person or company.
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The Fight Continues
Even with the help of celebrities, the fight for racial equality will continue until changes are made. For now, everyone’s doing what they can in these hectic times. Many artists have taken what’s going on in the streets as inspiration for a new idea. Whether it’s music or poetry, their artwork will, in turn, become an inspiration for others. Some people started local groups to discuss racism in America. Others are showcasing their anger by signing petitions and donating to causes. While things are looking grey, people will continue to make their voices heard loud and clear.
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