Samuel L. Jackson is challenging celebrities to join the growing anti-police brutality movement that has strengthened in the wake of the murders of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, and the non-indictments of the police offers who killed them.
As Gossip Cop has reported, protests have been taking place from coast to coast in recent weeks, with people decrying what is perceived to be racist behavior from cops. A number of celebrities have expressed outrage, including Jackson, who tweeted last month, “66 yrs, processing the same Old S—! It’s supposed to be different… It aint! Sorry for the Brown Family… The rest of us too!” Now the actor is calling on his fellow stars to step up via song.
In a video posted to his official Facebook page on Saturday, Dec. 13, Jackson says, “All you celebrities out there who poured ice water on your head, here’s a chance to do something else. I challenge all of you to sing the ‘We Ain’t Gonna Stop Until People Are Free’ song.” Jackson himself goes on to sing, “I can hear my neighbor crying, ‘I can’t breathe.’ Now I’m in a struggle, and I can’t leave. Calling out the violence of the racist police, we ain’t gonna stop until people are free.”
The song has been used as a rallying cry among protesters, invoking Garner’s last words, “I can’t breathe,” that he said as he gasped for air while dying on a New York City sidewalk. Jackson is apparently hoping his request will go viral, much as the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge did over the summer. As Gossip Cop reported then, the social phenomenon featured stars dousing themselves with water and/or donating money to the ALS Association, before naming three celebrities to follow suit.