Amidst the seemingly endless cycle of police brutality and hashtag upon hashtag marking yet another death, a lot of people are asking "what can I do?" Actress Issa Rae was one of these people, so she did something.
Yesterday, hours after the news broke that Alton Sterling, 37, was fatally shot by police while selling CDs outside a convenience store in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Rae tweeted:
Then she went ahead and did it herself.
Rae is a 31-year-old actress and creator of brilliantly hilarious web series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl (watch it for a little much-needed levity!), who also created and will star in upcoming HBO series Insecure. An hour after her initial tweet, she created a GoFundMe page to raise money for the family of deceased Alton Sterling:
"If you feel helpless, but want to play a small part in easing the burden of #AltonSterling's family, consider donating to this scholarship fund for his 15-year-old son (and his other kids)," reads the page (Click here to donate). "*ALL* funds raised will go to Alton Sterling's family."
Within four hours of creating the page, Rae had raised $40,000 for the #AltonSterling Family Scholarship Fund. Within six hours, the amount reached $100,000. She continued to raise the goal as funds poured in and as of this morning, the page has reached $301,665, far exceeding its $200k goal.
Rae tweeted this morning: