“Some of us feel helpless when these things happen, but that’s a small step”.
American writer and actress, Issa Rae, has raised over £684,000 as part of a scholarship fund for the children of the Alton Sterling.
Sterling, 37, was a black man who was shot and killed by police officials outside a convenience store in Baton rouge, Louisiana on 5 July.
Video footage showing his final moments before being wrestled to the ground and shot by two white police officers has caused widespread anger and frustration regarding racial bias and police brutality.
The ‘Awkward Black Girl’ and ‘Insecure’ star created the GoFundMe campaign on 6 July with the aim of raising $200,000 [£154,000] for Sterling’s five children.
Rae initially tweeted about starting the scholarship fund, noting that, “Some of us feel helpless when these things happen, but that’s a small step”.
Later that day, Rae thanked her followers and tweeted that the campaign goal of $200,000 [£154,000] was met in just nine hours, with all the donations going to Sterling’s family.
The GoFundMe page is still accessible and open for donations and is now aiming for the $700,000 [£538,151] mark.