Actor Samuel L. Jackson has asked celebrities to take part in a new challenge to protest against racial profiling by Police in America.
The veteran actor posted a video to his Facebook page where he called on celebrities who ‘poured ice water’ over their heads to sing the ‘I can’t breathe song’.
The first words from the song echoes the last words of Eric Garner, a black man from Staten Island who was killed by a white policeman in July after he was put in a choke hold.
Jackson is one of the latest in a long line of African American celebrities to condemn what they call the heavy handed approach of police in America when dealing with young black men.
In August, another black teenager Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson by a white police officer Darren Wilson after the officer said he had ‘felt threatened’ by the 19 year old.
The deaths have sparked widespread protests in America and brought the issue of race back to the front burner in the country’s history. Social media has also played a large role in the protests with many users taking to Twitter and Facebook to express their frustrations with the #Icantbreate and #blacklivesmatter hashtags.
Other black celebrities including Rihanna, Kerry Washington and Gabrielle Union have also expressed their support for the protests and offered sympathy to the families of the deceased.