Social Influencers Use The #MannequinChallenge to Take on Police Brutality

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 21: A young man gestures as he and others participate in in a protest at Marshall Park September 21, 2016 in Charlotte, NC. The North Carolina governor has declared a state of emergency in the city of Charlotte after clashes during protests in the city in response to the fatal shooting by police officers of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott at an apartment complex near UNC Charlotte. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

This week’s internet sweeping trend has resulted in the mass communication of an important message. The #MannequinChallenge hashtag is filled with humorous tidbits of random stand-still activity. But internet actress, writer, and director Simone Shepherd teamed up with a few talented actors to demonstrate what happens when African Americans are stopped by police. Appropriately titled #BlackAndBlue, the minute long clip went viral overnight. Recreating the fatal encounters of Philando Catile, Sandra Bland, and Alton Sterling while also paying homage to Trayvon Martin and the support of Colin Kaepernick, you can’t help but salute their combined effort to shed light on a cause.

Watch the special edition #MannequinChallenge below.

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