While the ALS ice bucket challenge took the social media scene by storm, actor Orlando Jones made headlines in August for posting his own “bullet bucket challenge” to speak out in the wake of Michael Brown’s death.
In an interview with HuffPost Live host Josh Zepps, Jones said he was compelled to film his own version of the challenge because the situation in Ferguson seemed all too familiar.
“Honestly, it sort of felt like I’d seen it before, you know, different places in the world we’ve seen it before,” he said. “And I think I thought I can no longer stand by and act like this is cool. So for me, it was just wanting apathy to go away, because it’s a disease we can fix. We can fix these problems, we just have to talk to each other.”
He looked to baseball icon Jackie Robinson, who made history in 1947 as the first black major league player, as an example of one way society can dismantle institutionalized racism today.
“I truly believe that when you look at what Jackie Robinson did, had he stood outside of that organization and yelled at it, it might still be the same,” he said. “But becoming a part of it and people getting to know each other as people often brings about great change because we get to know each other, and our humanity is now front and center.”
Watch the full HuffPost Live interview with Orlando Jones here.
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