A Go Fund Me started Wednesday by actor and writer Issa Rae to support the children of Alton Sterling, who was killed by police officers on Tuesday, has already raised over $200,000. More than 7,000 people have made what appear to be mostly small donations of $5 to $50.
Earlier today, Rae tweeted that she wanted to do something for Sterling’s five children, especially because of the powerlessness she and many others have felt following the apparent killing of yet another unarmed black person by police. Shortly after, the Go Fund Me was set up under her name.
While Rae has indicated that she hasn’t yet made contact with Sterling’s family (specifically the mother of his oldest child, Quinyetta McMillan, who gave what can only be insufficiently described as a deeply moving speech during a press conference this morning), she has said she’s been communicating with their lawyer.
Earlier today, the Justice Department announced that they were investigating the shooting.