After the deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, a Mic article called “23 Everyday Actions Punishable by Death if You’re Black in America” was widely shared on social media. Eric Garner‘s offense of selling cigarettes made an appearance. Renisha McBride‘s plea for help was included.
Now, celebrities have picked up that theme and run with it. In a video for Mic, Alicia Keys‘ activist group, We Are Here, called in some major favors. Beyoncé, Pharrell, Bono, and more read the list of 23 everyday actions.
Creating choppy videos of seconds-long clips of celebrities demanding accountability and change is nothing new. The tactic is similar to what Everytown For Gun Safety did in 2012. (Bey was in that one, too.) Similarly, in the wake of the Orlando shooting, Ryan Murphy gathered a bunch of famous friends and did the same set-up.
Gun violence — from police and civilians alike — continues regardless of star-studded advocacy videos, but maybe the third time’s the charm.
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